President 2019-2021 of the IAOS.

John Pullinger completed his five year term as United Kingdom National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority in June 2019.


His role was to safeguard the production and publication of high quality official statistics by all departments, agencies and institutions in the UK. On appointment he described his role as to mobilise the power of data to help Britain make better decisions.


John's career began in 1980 when he joined the civil service after graduating in geography and statistics from Exeter University. After several statistical, research and policy roles in different departments, John joined the Central Statistical Office as a senior civil servant in 1992. He was the project manager for the creation of the Office for National Statistics and was the policy lead on the development of the GSS.


John represented the UK internationally in EU, UN, OECD and other forums. He was Chair (2015) and Vice-Chair (2016) of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC).


John is a past President of the Royal Statistical Society and a former Librarian to the United Kingdom House of Commons. He is currently a Board member of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research and Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London


John is married with three adult children. He was appointed as a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2014 for services to Parliament and to the community.