John James Pullinger
United Kingdom National Statistician
In office
1 July 2014 – 30 June 2019
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Minister for the Cabinet OfficeFrancis Maude
Matt Hancock
Ben Gummer
Damian Green
David Lidington
Preceded byDame Jil Matheson
Succeeded bySir Ian Diamond
Personal details
Born (1959-06-01) 1 June 1959 (age 65)
EducationUniversity of Exeter
Harvard Business School

John James Pullinger CB (born 1 June 1959) was the National Statistician for the United Kingdom, serving in this role from 1 July 2014 until retiring on 30 June 2019.[1][2] He was succeeded on an interim basis by Deputy National Statistician Jonathan Athow,[3] and by Sir Ian Diamond on a permanent basis from October 2019.[4] He became Chairman of the Electoral Commission on 1 May 2021.[5]


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.[6] He was the President of the Royal Statistical Society for 2013–14.[7][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.[8]

From 2019 - 2021 he was president of the International Association for Official Statistics. On May 1, 2021, Pullinger became Chairman of the Electoral Commission.[5][9]

Education and honours

Pullinger was educated at Alleyn's School, Dulwich, the University of Exeter and Harvard Business School.[6][2] In the 2014 New Year Honours, Pullinger was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) "for services to Parliament and voluntary service to the community through Great Culverden Park Ltd."[10]

In 2016, Pullinger was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter for outstanding achievements in the field of statistics and also received an honorary degree from the University of Essex.[11] In 2018, he received an honorary degree from the University of the West of England.[12]


  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 (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 9 March 2016. ((cite book)): |work= ignored (help)
  3. ^ "Announcement of an interim National Statistician". UK Statistics Authority. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Ian Diamond appointed as UK's National Statistician". UK Statistics Authority. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Our Commissioners".
  6. ^ a b "New president takes over" (PDF). RSS News. Vol. 41, no. 1. Royal Statistical Society. February 2013. pp. 1 & 3.
  7. ^ "John Pullinger - GOV.UK". Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 17 December 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  9. ^ Malnick, Edward (26 June 2021). "Britain's election watchdog stands 'ready' to organise indyref2". The Telegraph – via
  10. ^ "New Years Honours List—United Kingdom". The London Gazette. No. 60728. 31 December 2013. p. 1.
  11. ^ "Honorary graduates". University of Essex. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Honorary degree awarded to John Pullinger". Bristol Business School blog. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
Academic offices Preceded byValerie Isham President, Royal Statistical Society 2013–14 Succeeded byPeter Diggle Government offices Preceded byDame Jil Matheson National Statistician July 2014–June 2019 Succeeded bySir Ian Diamond