Andrew Dilnot

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Sir Andrew Dilnot
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Sir Andrew Dilnot, Nov 2014
9th Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford
Assumed office
Preceded bySir Stephen Nickell
8th Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford
In office
Preceded byDerek Wood
Succeeded byDame Elish Angiolini
Chair, UK Statistics Authority
In office
April 2012 – March 2017
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byMichael Scholar
Personal details
Andrew William Dilnot

(1960-06-18) 18 June 1960 (age 61)
Swansea, Wales
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
EducationOlchfa School
Alma materSt John's College, Oxford
Notable worksThe Tiger That Isn't (2007)
The Numbers Game (2008)

Sir Andrew William Dilnot, CBE (born 19 June 1960) is a Welsh economist and broadcaster. He was formerly the Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1991 to 2002, and was Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford between 2002 and 2012. As of September 2012 he is Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford. He served as Chair of the UK Statistics Authority from April 2012 until March 2017.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Dilnot attended Olchfa School, Swansea, a local comprehensive school.[2] He studied PPE at St John's College, Oxford.


Dilnot was Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1991 to 2002.[3]

Dilnot was a presenter on BBC Radio 4's programme about statistics More or Less. Many of the items on the programme deal with the misuse and fabrication of statistics.[4] Dilnot and Michael Blastland wrote The Tiger That Isn't, which was based on More or Less.[5]

Dilnot became Principal of St Hugh's College in 2002, becoming the only principal of an Oxford College educated at a comprehensive school.[6] He became a Pro Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University in 2005.

On 16 March 2011, it was announced that "with very mixed emotions" Dilnot will leave St Hugh's College in September 2012 to become the Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford, "which will allow me to spend much more time doing economics again."[7][8][9]

In 2011, the government nominated Dilnot to be the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority.[10] Parliament formally endorsed the appointment on 13 December 2011.[11] Andrew Dilnot is now the former chair of the UK Statistics Authority, having stood down in 2017.

In 2019, Dilnot became chair of the Health Foundation's oversight board for the REAL Centre (formerly Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre), which was set up help to health and social care policymakers consider the long-term implications of their funding, design and delivery decisions.

Dilnot Commission[edit]

In June 2010, Dilnot was asked by the government to chair the Commission on Funding of Care and Support.[12] He took a sabbatical from St Hugh's College from March to July 2011.

The commission published its report in July 2011. The commission's primary recommendation was to limit individuals' contribution to social care costs to £35,000, after which the state would pay. Currently, individuals who do not fit means-tested criteria can be liable for unlimited costs.

The commission's report was welcomed by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, and both David Cameron and Ed Miliband called for cross-party talks on the issue.[13]


Dilnot was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 and knighted in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to Economics and Economic Policy.[14][15]

He is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, Queen Mary, University of London, the Swansea Institute of Higher Education and the Institute of Actuaries, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from City University and the Open University.


  1. ^ Chair of the Statistics Authority Archived 28 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  3. ^ "St Hugh's College - University of Oxford". St Hugh's College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 20 January 2011.
  4. ^ "BBC NEWS - Programmes - More Or Less - More or Less presenter Andrew Dilnot".
  5. ^ The Tiger That Isn't pp. 1–5 (Introduction)
  6. ^ The Swan, Issue 1 (4 October 2010)
  7. ^ "Message from the Principal, Andrew Dilnot CBE". St Hugh's College, Oxford. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  8. ^ The Swan, Issue 14
  9. ^ "Andrew Dilnot appointed new Warden of Nuffield College". Nuffield Foundation. 24 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Foundation, Internet Memory. "[ARCHIVED CONTENT] UK Government Web Archive – The National Archives".
  13. ^ "David Cameron and Ed Miliband seek talks over Andrew Dilnot care report". Metro. 4 July 2011.
  14. ^ "No. 55879". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 June 2000. p. 8.
  15. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 1.

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