The news follows the recent announcement that John Pullinger has been appointed National Statistician, a post which he will begin on 1 July. John has now decided to stand down as RSS president in order to devote himself fully to his new role and so that the RSS ‘can continue to have the clearest voice in taking forward our strategy.’
In a message to RSS members, John said: ‘It has been an honour and a joy to have been able to serve our Society as President. I know that you will give Peter Diggle the same wonderful backing you have given to me and that the Society will continue to go from strength to strength.’
Peter Diggle will formally take on the RSS presidency after the Society’s AGM, which is scheduled for 25 June, and will serve until the end of 2016. Peter is currently distinguished university professor in CHICAS (Combining Health Information, Computation and Statistics) at Lancaster University and professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Liverpool. He was honorary secretary of the Society in the 1990s and has also served on the Society’s Research Section and Honours committees as well as editing the Society’s Series B Journal. In 1997 he received the Guy Medal in Silver.
At the time of nomination, Peter said that he hoped to contribute to the Society’s support for early-career statisticians and statisticians working in developing countries.