David’s nomination was recommended and endorsed by the RSS council earlier this year and by the closing date of 1 July, there had been no further nominations. He will take up the post on 1 January 2017 and serve as president for the sessions 2017 and 2018.
David said: 'I am deeply honoured to be chosen as the next president of the RSS, although it is humbling and rather intimidating to examine the list of eminent predecessors. It's a very exciting time - the vital importance of statistics is becoming increasingly recognised, and the Society is making great strides in engaging in public debate. I am so looking forward to continuing this work, as well as helping the RSS to make statistics an even more inclusive and attractive career'.
David’s work on Bayesian analysis in expert systems (with Steffen Lauritzen) has been cited more than 3,500 times since publication and is now used in software and proof of paternity legal cases. He also played a key role in high profile inquiries, including those into the Harold Shipman murders, infant heart surgery and the PiP breast implant scandal.
Now, as the current professor for the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University, David has focused his attention more on ‘taking the understanding of stats to the masses.’ His work in engaging with the public has included a TV programme on probability and risk: ‘Tails You Win’. He recently appeared as a guest on the Radio 4 programme presented by Jim Al-Khalili, 'The Life Scientific'. He has also published a book, The Norm Chronicles, (with Michael Blastland) which brings to life the dangers and risks involved in everyday activities.
David has had a long association with the Society and is a member of its getstats campaign board, which aims to improve statistical literacy and understanding across society more broadly.