Stephen Penneck is currently a Vice President of the ISI and Honorary Officer for Official Statistics at the Royal Statistical Society. He was President of the IAOS from 2011 to 2013, having retired in 2012 as Director General at the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). He chairs the ISI’s Advisory Board on Ethics, is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Chartered Statistician, and an elected member of the ISI.
Since retirement, Stephen has published articles and given lectures on a range of topics in official statistics including economic statistics, open data, and governance, trust and ethics. He contributed to ISI workshops and regional conferences in Korea, Cameroun and Malaysia and has organised sessions at recent IAOS conferences and WSCs on the work of the Ethics Committee; implementing the UN Fundamental Principles in developing countries; and Ethics and Big Data.
Stephen has had wide experience as a government statistician in the UK, initially in economic statistics, and then in statistical governance. In senior management positions, he had responsibility for surveys and for methodological advice. Stephen studied for his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Statistics at Southampton University and has a Master’s degree in Econometrics from Birmingham University.