Michael Keoghan leads the Economic, Social and Environmental Statistics Group (ESEG) in ONS.
Mike is responsible for ensuring ONS continues to produce the UK’s most important statistics about the economy and society, expanding our work on the environment and driving the transformation of economic statistics. Under the ESEG umbrella sit national accounts, labour market statistics, trade, public sector finances, prices, crime, subnational data and climate change statistics, amongst other key products.
Mike joined ONS in 2022, having transferred from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Most recently at BEIS, Mike was the Director of Analysis and their Chief Economist. He also held the role of Acting Director General for Business Sectors between 2020 and 2021, taking responsibility for the overall leadership of UK government policy for business, including delivering the EU Business readiness programme prior to EU Exit.
Mike begun his Civil Service career over twenty years ago. Prior to his time at BEIS, he held the role of Deputy CEO at the Institute for Apprenticeships, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Education, and was the Director of Skills and Apprenticeships at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, where he had previously held the post of Senior Economic Adviser.