Jil Matheson served as National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority from 2009 until her retirement in 2014, following a career in social research and statistics. During that time Jil also chaired the OECD’s Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy and the UN Statistical Commission.
Jil is a trustee of NatCen Social Research, and is a member of a High Level Expert Group, chaired by Professor Joe Stiglitz, on Measuring the Progress of Societies, and of the Royal Society’s Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education.
In 2015 she led a group for the British Academy on the need for improved quantitative skills in the UK. And in 2015/16 carried out a BBC Trust impartiality review of the BBC’s use and reporting of statistics, ‘Making Sense of Statistics’ published in August 2016.
Jil is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Statistical Society. She was made DCB (Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath) in 2014. She has Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Wolverhampton, Sussex and Bath.