The release of the New Year’s honours list has brought acknowledgement to both statisticians and those who have championed the importance of data and evidence in society. Royal Statistical Society President John Pullinger became a Companion of the Order of the Bath for his services to Parliament, following a long career in official statistics and his role as Librarian of the House of Commons. His voluntary service to the community was also commended.
Also honoured was Keith Dugmore, the founding Chair of the Statistics User Forum. His MBE is awarded for services to UK business. Keith has worked for many years providing consultancy advice to the private sector along with providing a voice for business users of public data through the Demographics User Group. As well as running his own statistics consultancy he is also an Honorary Professor at University College London. In addition, Colette Bowe has received a DBE for services to media and communications. She is currently Chairman of Ofcom and sits on the board of the UK Statistics Authority, previously she was a member of the former Statistics Commission between 2000 and 2008.
Honorary RSS Fellow Baroness Onora O'Neill was appointed as a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in recognition of her services to philosophy and public policy. In 2008 the RSS acknowledged her significant contributions to several areas closely connected to statistics including medical ethics, governance of official statistics, trust in official statistics, and the role of statistical evidence in public policy.
In the wider community, Celia Hoyles was awarded a DBE for services to education. She is a former director of the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and is currently a Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London and President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Also receiving an OBE is Jeni Tennison, Technical Director of the Open Data Institute, for services to technology and open data.