John, who has been president of the RSS since January 2013, has a long standing career in official statistics. He has been librarian and director-general of information services at the House of Commons since 2004 where he is responsible for research, analysis and advice to MPs of all parties.
Before that, he worked in various positions within the Government Statistical Service, including at the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of the Environment, the Central Statistical Office, and as a director at the Office for National Statistics. He became a Companion of the Order of the Bath for his services to Parliament in the 2014 New Year honours list.
He was appointed on the advice of the prime minister, following consultation with the deputy prime minister, and through open competition. He will succeed Jil Matheson, who retires at the end of June 2014.
Hetan Shah, executive director of the RSS said 'This is a wonderful recognition of John's talents. He has been a consistent voice in arguing for the importance of official statistics to help the nation have the information it needs to answer key economic, social and environmental questions. He is an excellent choice for the role.'