Nominations for vacancies on the Professional Affairs Committee

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The Professional Affairs Committee (PAC) oversees the Society's work for professionally qualified fellows and those seeking professionally qualified status. Amongst its duties, it is responsible for: establishing and maintaining standards and criteria for education, professional training and experience, including accreditation of university courses and the Society's professional examinations; assessing applications for CStat, CSci and GradStat status; and overseeing the revalidation process for CStats and CSci’s.

The professionally qualified fellows serving in the current session are:

  • Mr Paul Baxter (Chair)
  • Mr John Bates
  • Mrs Susan Cosgrove
  • Ms Alison Cousley
  • Dr Robert Cuffe
  • Dr Alexa Laurence
  • Dr Trevor Lewis
  • Mr Nigel Marriott
  • Ms Sarah Seaton
  • Dr Ben Styles

Carol Calvert stepped down at the end of 2016 and Nigel Marriott will be stepping down at the end of 2017. There are therefore two vacancies on the Committee for the 2018 session. Council has approved the nomination of Ms Gemma Hodgson and Professor John MacInnes to fill these vacancies.

Biographical details for the nominees are as follows.

Gemma Hodgson MSc CStat

Gemma has worked as an applied statistician for over 20 years. After receiving her first degree from Imperial College (Maths with Statistics) and then an MSc in Medical Statistics from London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine, she began her career at Pfizer in Sandwich working in experienced global project teams. After 13 years at Pfizer and working in all phases of development, she then moved to Takeda R&D in London where she worked on later phase projects, focusing on close liaison with other departments within the organisation. In 2012 she left Takeda to work for a small statistical training and consultancy firm, Qi Statistics Ltd. Now as the primary owner of Qi Statistics, Gemma spends the majority of her time rolling out statistical training programmes or giving consultancy advice to statisticians and non-statisticians in industry where in modern global companies it is becoming increasingly important for non-statisticians to understand the value and applications of statistics in order to maximise the value of their data. She has a broad interest in the application of statistics and specialises in translating technical concepts into everyday English.


John MacInnes MSc CStat

John is Associate Dean (Quantitative Methods) and Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of the British Academy’s High Level Strategy group on Quantitative Skills, the Council of the Royal Statistical Society, the advisory board for Maths in Education and Industry and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. From 2009 to 2014 he was the Strategic Advisor to the Economic and Social Research Council on quantitative methods training, issuing two reports that eventually led to the Q-Step programme. Most of his work focuses on statistical literacy and the promotion of quantitative methods within the social sciences. His own research focuses on population ageing and the measurement of age structures of populations. He also works as a statistical consultant on the monitoring and evaluation of development projects in Malawi and Ethiopia and has held research grants from the European Commission, ESRC, British Academy, Leverhulme trust and British, Spanish and Catalan government departments.


It is now open to the professionally qualified fellowship to put forward additional nominations. Any six professionally qualified fellows may nominate an eligible professionally qualified fellow for election to the committee. Such nominations must be received at the offices of the Society (addressed to the Professional Affairs and Accreditation Manager, 12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX) no later than 31st August, together with the written consent of the nominee. Should an election be necessary, it will be held during September.


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