The Office for Statistics Regulation provides independent regulation of all official statistics produced in the UK.
If you have an enquiry about a set of statistics, contact details for each member of the team are below. For general enquiries contact the regulation team email.
Ed Humpherson – Director General for Regulation
Ed joined the team in January 2014 and is based in our London office. More biographical information about Ed.
Mary Gregory – Deputy Director for Regulation
Mary joined the team in 2018, based in our London Office. She has oversight of our regulatory programme. Mary joined the Government Statistical Service in 2004 and has worked across a range of government departments. She has experience of evaluations, surveys and administrative data, and has worked on social and economic statistics. Prior to joining us Mary was Head of Profession for Statistics at Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).
Email Mary Gregory Tel. 02037 411742
Mark Pont – Assessment Programme Lead and head of Newport site
Mark joined the team in 2008, based in our Newport office, to head up our assessment programme. Mark started his career in the Government Statistical Service in 1990, undertaking roles in a range of government departments. This includes 12 years spent in the Office for National Statistics as a statistical methodologist, largely spent improving aspects of the production of business statistics. In 2018, Mark was on loan to the Welsh Government for seven months as head of Economy, Skills and Natural Resources Statistics.
Email Mark Pont Tel. 01633 456393
Gail Rankin – Systemic Review Programme Lead and head of Edinburgh site
Gail joined the team in August 2019 to lead our Edinburgh office and head up our systemic review programme. Gail’s background is in engineering, and she started her career with Network Rail in project management and process improvement (six sigma) roles. In 2013, Gail moved into local government and has experience through leadership roles in data and performance management and business planning. Gail has particular interest in the environmental and health and social care sectors. Prior to joining us, Gail was the lead officer for Data, Performance and Business Planning at the City of Edinburgh Council.
Email Gail Rankin Tel. 01329 447706
Sarah Cobden – Head of Private Office and Casework
Sarah provides principle private secretary support to the Director General (DG) and Deputy Director for Regulation. Sarah works with the wider OSR team to co-ordinate briefing and presentations, support DG meetings and parliamentary engagements, and submissions to the Authority Board and Regulation Committee. She also leads OSR’s casework function, co-ordinating casework investigations and responses, working with the Authority Chair’s private office as required. Prior to joining OSR, Sarah worked in the UK Statistics Authority’s Central Policy Secretariat division for four years in parliamentary, communications and secretariat roles.
Email Sarah Cobden Tel. 01633 651844
Amar Chowdrey – Private Secretary to Director General for Regulation
Amar provides support to the Director General for Regulation (DG) and wider team in their decision making and management of daily responsibilities. He keeps the DG appropriately informed on ongoing issues including casework, work programming, the Code of Practice and other projects. Amar manages the DG’s diary and external engagements.
Email Amar Chowdrey Tel. 020 7592 8615
Michelle Alderson – Statistics Regulator, Children, Education and Skills and Housing, Planning and Local Services
Michelle joined the team in January 2019 and is based in our Newport office. Michelle works across both the Children, Education and Skills and the Housing, Planning and Local Services domains. Before joining the OSR, Michelle worked at the Office for National Statistics for 5 years in including within household surveys on income and within the efficiency measurement unit on the criminal justice team.
Email Michelle Alderson Tel. 01633 456672
Elise Baseley – Statistics Regulator, Labour Market and Welfare lead
Elise joined the team in December 2019 and is based in the London office. Before coming to OSR, Elise worked at the Cabinet Office and led on analysis of diversity and inclusion in the Civil Service. She started her career in the Civil Service as a Fast Stream statistician and has previously worked on Universal Credit official statistics in DWP and public sector pay analysis at the Office of Manpower Economics.
Email Elise Baseley Tel: 07584382716
Ben Bohane – Statistics Regulator, Economy and Business, Industry, Trade and International Development
Ben joined the team in July 2020 and is based in the Newport office. Ben started his career in sales before training as a teacher at Warwick university, after which he taught GCSE and Alevel economics and business for 11 years. Ben has also worked for the exam boards as an examiner, as an Economics tutor, and also taught English and Maths to looked after children in care.
Email Ben Bohane Tel: +441633456947
Nisha Bunting – Statistics Regulator, Children, Education and Skills and Labour Market and Welfare
Nisha joined the team in January 2019 and is based in our Edinburgh office. She works within Children, Education and Skills domain and supports the Labour Market and Welfare domain. Prior to joining OSR, Nisha worked as Performance Manager for the Office of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner. She has previously held roles in strategic planning at Edinburgh Napier University and as an analyst in HR within the financial sector.
Email Nisha Bunting Tel. 01633 456659
Emily Carless – Statistics Regulator, Children, Education and Skills lead
Emily joined the team in May 2018 and is based in Newport. She started her career in the Government Statistical Service (GSS) as a fast stream statistician in 2002. She has worked in Welsh Government, ONS and the National Statistician’s Office on a wide range of topics including Business and Social Survey Methodology, Measuring Government Activity, Labour Market Statistics and Price Statistics. She led the National Statistician’s Review of Housing Market Statistics and the development of the GSS to 2020 strategy. Emily co-leads the Children, Education and Skills domain with Nisha Bunting.
Email Emily Carless Tel: 01633 455717
Chris Davies – Statistics Regulator, Economy lead
Chris joined the team in 2016, based in our Newport Office. Over the last twenty years he has worked with and been involved in the production of business and economic statistics in a variety of economist roles at the Office for National Statistics, the UK and European Intellectual Property Offices and in the Finance sector.
Email Chris Davies Tel. 01633 580190
Job de Roij – Statistics Regulator, Crime and Security lead
Job joined the team in 2016 and works in our Edinburgh office. He leads the Crime and Security domain. He also manages the online Code of Practice for Statistics and is a committee member of the Royal Statistical Society’s Data Ethics and Governance Section. Previously, Job worked as a statistician in the Department for Work and Pensions.
Email Job de Roij Tel. 01329 447709
Oliver Fox-Tatum – Statistics Regulator, Housing, Planning and Local Services lead
Oliver joined the team in 2014 and is based in our Newport office. Prior to joining the team, he worked in the Office for National Statistics – in household survey design and management and as a pension statistics analyst. Oliver is our lead on housing, planning and local services statistics. He conducts reviews on the compliance of statistics such as house price indices and worked on our refresh of the Code of Practice.
Email Oliver Fox-Tatum Tel. 01633 455848
Caroline Jones – Statistics Regulator, Health and Social Care co-lead
Caroline joined the team in 2012 and is based in our Newport office. Prior to that, she worked at the Office for National Statistics. She has regulated a wide variety of statistics, latterly with a focus on health and social care statistics. She co-leads the Health and Social Care domain, working with Anna Price, Vicky Stone and Sarah Whitehead.
Email Caroline Jones Tel. 01633 456734
Gemma Keane – Statistics Regulator, Housing, Planning and Local Services and Agriculture, Energy, and Environment
Gemma joined the team in late 2018 and is based in our Newport office. Her main focus is regulating statistics on Housing, Planning and Local Services but she also supports our Agriculture, Energy and Environment domain. Prior to joining the team, Gemma worked at the Office for National Statistics for 16 years in a variety of posts across Economic Statistics.
Email Gemma Keane Tel. 01633 456081
Sarah Kilday – Statistics Regulator, Population and Society, and Travel, Transport and Tourism.
Sarah joined the team in late 2020 as her second placement in the GSS fast stream. Her previous role was as a crime statistics analyst at the MOJ. Before joining the Civil Service Sarah completed a Masters degree in Neuropsychological Research Methods.
Email Sarah Kilday Tel. +442080390380
Louisa McCutcheon – Statistics Regulator, Travel, Transport and Tourism lead
Louisa joined the team in 2017 and is based in our London office. Louisa started her career in the civil service as a Fast Stream statistician in 2010 and has worked on a wide range of health and housing statistics. She leads our Travel, Transport and Tourism domain.
Marie McGhee – Statistics Regulator, Population and Society lead
Marie leads the Population and Society theme having previously focused on Children, Education, and Skills up until spring 2018. She was also part of the team who developed the refreshed Code of Practice. Based in Edinburgh, Marie joined the Office for Statistics Regulation in 2015. She previously worked on Assessments including Northern Ireland Tourism statistics and International Development statistics. Before joining us, Marie worked as lead statistician at the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Email Marie McGhee Tel. 01329 447702
Jo Mulligan – Statistics Regulator, Statistical Methods
Jo re-joined the team in December 2020 and is based in our Edinburgh office. She works across all domains with a particular focus on statistical methods. Currently, the main thrust of this work is focused on the Health and Population domain. Prior to joining OSR, Jo has had a varied career spanning software development, statistical analysis and health research.
Email Jo Mulligan Tel +441329447522
Anna Price – Statistics Regulator, Health and Social Care lead
Anna joined the team in July 2019. She is based in the Edinburgh office and jointly leads on regulating our Health and Social Care domain with Caroline Jones. Prior to joining OSR, Anna worked at the Information Services Division as the technical lead overseeing the modernisation of official statistics production and publication.
Email Anna Price Tel. 01313 141717
Isabel Ralphs – Statistics Regulator, Economy and Business, Industry, Trade and International Development and Labour Market and Welfare
Isabel joined the team in September 2020 and is based in our Newport office. She is a University Placement Student with a degree background in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She is currently working across the Economy, Business, Industry, Trade and International Development, and Labour Market and Welfare domains
Email Isabel Ralphs Tel: +441633455594
Effie Roberts – Statistics Regulator, Health and Social Care and Population and Society
Effie joined the team in September 2020 and is based in our Newport office. Effie is a Placement Student, currently studying Geography at University. She is working across the Health and Social Care and Population and Society domains.
Email Effie Roberts Tel:+441633560311
David Ross – Statistics Regulator, Agriculture, Energy and Environment and Crime and Security
David joined the team in 2020 and is based in the Edinburgh office. His main work area is Agriculture, Energy and the Environment with a secondary focus on Crime and Security. He previously worked as a statistician within Forest Research focusing on the national inventory of British woodlands. Prior to this he worked for the surface ships division of BAE systems and for Strathclyde University.
Email David Ross Tel: +441329447521
Iain Russell – Statistics Regulator, Business, Industry, Trade and International Development lead
Iain joined the team in 2011 based in our Edinburgh office. He has been involved in regulatory activities for a variety of statistics since that time. Iain is our Business, Industry, Trade and International Development domain lead. He has worked in the public and private sector in various roles and has expertise in the value and role of intellectual assets in the economy.
Email Iain Russell Tel. 01329 447704
Vicky Stone – Statistics Regulator, Health and Social Care
Vicky joined the team in January 2019 and is based in our Edinburgh office. She currently works as part of a team within the Health and Social Care domain. She has a strong analytical background having worked as an Intelligence Analyst for Cleveland Police for 15 years. Vicky was part of a team responsible for the analytical support to both frontline officers and investigation teams.
Email Vicky Stone Tel. 01329 447700
To be appointed – Statistics Regulator, Population and Society lead
Sarah Whitehead – Statistics Regulator, Health and Social Care
Sarah joined the team in January 2019 and is based in our Newport office. Her main focus is on regulating statistics on Health and Social Care. Her previous roles have been in both academia and the Civil Service and have covered a variety of health-related topics. Prior to joining OSR, Sarah was based at Companies House for three years where she managed the official statistics publications, as well as a range of ad-hoc analytical work.
Email Sarah Whitehead Tel. 01633 456568
Penny Babb – Head of Policy and Standards
Penny joined the team in 2008 and is based in our London office. She has reviewed a wide variety of statistics since 2009 and co-authored the Authority’s Quality Assurance of Administrative Data framework. She led on delivering and maintaining the refreshed Code of Practice for Statistics, supporting its wide adoption across the UK. Penny has worked in official statistics for over 20 years, on births, cancer, social inequalities and police recorded crime. She was editor of the ONS flagship report, ‘Social Trends’.
Email Penny Babb Tel. 02075 928666
Mary Louise Cowan – Research Specialist
Mary joined the team in March 2020 and is based in our London office. She works on OSR’s Research Programme, which involves scoping, designing and carrying out research related to the public good of statistics. She also contributes to the regulatory work of the Travel, Transport and Tourism domain. Prior to joining OSR, Mary worked in academia as a lecturer in psychology.
Email Mary Cowan Tel:+441633651957
Michael Hodge – Head of Data and Automation
Michael is temporarily covering Emily Tew’s post. Michael has joined from ONS, where he worked with various government departments on data science projects. Michael will now lead on the automation programme within OSR, explore the use of AI within statistics and provide guidance on OSR’s regulatory work.
Emily Tew – Head of Data and Automation (currently on maternity leave)
Emily joined the team in October 2019 and leads OSR’s work on data use, alternative data and emerging technologies. This is a new and developing strand of OSR’s work and includes leading the automation programme within OSR, exploring the use of AI within statistics and answering some of the questions surrounding its regulation.
Tel: 01633 455 863
Donna Livesey – Head of Regulation Support
Donna supports our business planning, work programming and management of resources, including learning and development.
Email Donna Livesey Tel. 01633 455814
Michelle Walters – Regulation Support Manager
Michelle joined the team in July 2017, based in our Newport office. She supports our Business Manager and Regulators.
Email Michelle Walters. Tel: 01633 456292
Elisha Harrhy – Regulation Support
Elisha joined the team in August 2017, based in our Newport office. She provides business support to the team.
Email Elisha Harrhy Tel: 01633 45 6159
Chris Ferrier – Regulation Support
Based in Edinburgh, Chris joined the Office for Statistics Regulation in September 2019 providing business support to the team.
Email Chris Ferrier Tel: 01329 447 520
Suzanne Halls – Head of Public Affairs and External Relations
Suzanne established the OSR communications team and leads media, public affairs, digital and stakeholder engagement across the organisation.
Email Suzanne Halls Tel. 07411 212300
Jennifer Lackie – Digital Communications Lead
Jen joined the team in 2019 and leads on digital communications for OSR. Jen previously worked in digital communications and creating digital content in Higher Education.
Email Jennifer Lackie Tel: 01633 456543
Leah Skinner – Digital Communications Officer
Leah joined the team in March 2020 and works with Jen and Suzanne to run digital communications for OSR. Leah previously worked for Office for National Statistics specialising in Internal Communication.
Email Leah Skinner Tel: 01633 455291