Visiting Professor, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London
Until his retirement in 2012, Paul Allin was the director of social & economic micro-analysis division, which specialises in multi-variate statistical analysis of data on individual persons or businesses, in the Office for National Statistics. From 1994 to 2002 he was the chief statistician and head of statistics for the Social Policy Unit at the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) which is the UK governments department responsible for culture, media and sport.
During his time at DCMS he was also active as the UK representative on various European Commission cultural and audio-visual statistics working groups. He was also the chair of the OECD tourism statistics working group.
Along with his role as Visiting Professor at Imperial College, Paul continues to be a member of the advisory boards of the journals Cultural Trends and Arts Research Digest, as well as, on the advisory boards of two UK research programmes, on socio-cultural change and on cultural capital and social exclusion.
He is a chartered statistician with long-standing membership of Social Research Association and International Association for Official Statistics. He was secretary of the UK Statistics Users' Council for 10 years and served on the Council of the Royal Statistical Society 1990-2000 (including as an Hon Secretary, 1994-2000).