As of midnight, January 1, 2013, president-elect John Pullinger takes on the role of president of the Royal Statistical Society, a post he will hold for two years until the end of 2014.
John says: ‘I have always been inspired by the story of the Society. I feel greatly honoured to have become president. I want to dedicate my term in office to highlighting the impact that statistics and statisticians have in education, the media, business, politics and in people’s everyday lives so that others too can be inspired by what we do.’ He adds: ‘If you have a statistical story you think deserves wider attention, please let me know.’
John Pullinger has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of statistics. He is the current House of Commons Librarian and a member of the House of Commons Board of Management. Prior to that he was an executive director at the Office for National Statistics.
John has developed close working relationships across the profession through the RSS and through associations with statisticians in several universities including Manchester, Essex and Leeds. Internationally, he has represented the UK at the statistical forums of the United Nations, Commonwealth, OECD and the European Union. He has also chaired many of the Government Statistical Service committees charged with developing the UK statistical programme.
An active member of the RSS, John has been a member of council since 2008. He has also chaired the Society’s National Statistics Working Party and currently chairs the board for the Society’s ongoing getstats campaign.
John’s career began in official statistics after graduating from the University of Exeter. He worked in the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of the Environment and the Office of Manpower Economics, before moving to the Office for National Statistics to lead the UK’s census programme, heading the Economic and Social Reporting Directorate.
He has been the librarian at the House of Commons for the last eight years and is also president of the parliamentary section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the global voice of the library and information profession.
A more detailed biography of John will be published in the next edition of RSS News.