John Pullinger

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John James Pullinger

UK National Statistician
Assumed office
1st July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Minister for the Cabinet OfficeFrancis Maude
Matthew Hancock
Ben Gummer
Damian Green
Preceded byDame Jil Matheson
Personal details
Born (1959-06-01) 1 June 1959 (age 59)

John James Pullinger CB (born 1 June 1959) is the National Statistician for the United Kingdom, serving in this role since 1 July 2014.[1][2]


Pullinger was a statistician in the Central Statistical Office and later the Office for National Statistics from 1980, finally rising to Director of Social Statistics in 1996. In 2004 he became the Director-General of Information Services and Librarian of the House of Commons.[3] He was the President of the Royal Statistical Society for 2013–14.[4][2]

In 2014, Pullinger was appointed to replace Dame Jil Matheson as the British National Statistician and the Permanent Secretary-graded Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority. As of 2015, Pullinger was paid a salary of between £150,000 and £154,999, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Pullinger was educated at Alleyn's School, Dulwich, the University of Exeter and Harvard Business School.[3][2] In the New Year Honours for 2014, Pullinger was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).[6]

In July 2016, Pullinger was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter for outstanding achievements in the field of statistics.


  1. ^ Spence, Peter (12 May 2014). "Meet John Pullinger: The UK's new national statistician". City A.M. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c A & C Black (2015). PULLINGER, John James. Who's Who 2016 (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  3. ^ a b "New president takes over" (PDF). RSS News. 41 (1). Royal Statistical Society. February 2013. pp. 1 & 3.
  4. ^ "John Pullinger - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  5. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  6. ^ "The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60728 p.1". 31 December 2013.