Simon Briscoe has been Statistics Editor at The Financial Times since 1999. In the 1980s he worked in the Central Statistical Office, the Treasury and the EU in Brussels, followed by 12 years in the research departments of three investment banks - finally as Managing Director of Research, at Nikko Europe, achieving top rankings in Institutional Investor and Extel surveys. He was author of Interpreting the Economy, published in 2000 by Penguin, and Britain in Numbers, a statistical review of the UK and how figures are used in politics, published by Politico's in 2005, and Harriman's Financial Dictionary, 2007. He has been on the Councils of the Royal Statistical Society and the Society of Business Economists and has chaired the Financial Statistics Users' Group and the Official Statistics Section of the RSS. He was a member of the ONS Statistics Advisory Committee and has been an adviser for the Treasury Committee (of the House of Commons). His latest book, written with Hugh Aldersey-Williams, is Panicology (2008). He lives in north London with his wife and two children.