Simon Briscoe

Data and statistics expert

Simon Briscoe is a director of a data science start-up and a consultant on statistics. Previously he has been a civil servant (mostly Treasury), a researcher in investment banking, and Statistics Editor at the Financial Times. He has advised parliamentary committees and been a trustee of several data-related charities including Full Fact and the Royal Statistical Society.

“Data will only reveal the important similarities and differences in a population if the statistical categories and definitions used in a data set have been chosen with rigour and clarity of thought. Only then will we have good figures to underpin policy making and improve our collective understanding of the world. In short… sex matters.”