Simon Briscoe

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Full name: Simon Briscoe

Area of interest: Statistics

Journals/Organisation: Financial Times


Personal website:

Website: FT.Com / Simon Briscoe


Representation: Harriman House - for book signing, speaking arrangement, etc

Networks:!/simonbriscoe |




Career: Central Statistical Office, H. M. Treasury and the EU in Brussels in a variety of positions, 1981/87; UK Economist, Greenwell Montagu (now HSBC), bond analyst at Warburg Securities (now UBS), Chief Economist and Managing Director of Research (including equity, bond and FX analysis) at Nikko Europe, 1987 and 1999; joined FT in 1999 as Statistics Editor, responsible for the delivery of market information into the paper, managing a team of statistical researchers and writing on statistics topics. In 2007 wrote the 'It doesn't add up' column. Left the FT in 2010.

Current position/role: Vice president (product) at Timetric, a web-based publisher of economic and business data

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Other activities:

  • Council of the Royal Statistical Society, 1998/2003, chair of its Official Statistics Section, 2000/2003
  • sat on the Statistics Advisory Committee of the ONS 1996/1999
  • advised the House of Commons Treasury Committee;
  • sat on the Council of the Society of Business Economists, inaugural Chairman of Financial Statistics Users' Group


Viewpoints/Insight: Counting on the figures - No one likes lies or damned lies - but the jury is still out on statistics. BBC News Online looks at the figures which aren't necessarily facts - BBC News, 31st July 2000

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Awards/Honours: Society of Business Economists annual essay prize, 2002



Books & Debate:

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Latest work: Panicology OCLC 181069081 (with Hugh Aldersey-Williams) , 2008. Sceptics guide to assessing risk in a media driven society.

Speaking/Appearances: Has been a speaker at the OECD Forum on Key Indicators Statistics, Knowledge and Policy


Financial Times: 'It doesn't add up'

Column name:

Remit/Info: Challenging the interpretation of statistics

Section: FT Weekend / Magazine

Role: Columnist



Personal website:

Website: FT.Com / Simon Briscoe

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Day published: Saturday

Regularity: Weekly

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Articles: 2007

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