New appointments at the RSS for 2017

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A number of new appointments have been made into key roles at the RSS - two of the Society’s vice presidents (for professional affairs and external affairs respectively) and four of its honorary officers (for sections and local groups, meetings and conferences, and staffing and remuneration).

The appointments are as follows:

  • Vice president for external affairs: Jennifer Rogers
  • Vice president for professional affairs: Paul Baxter
  • Honorary officer for conference and events: Kim Kavanagh
  • Honorary officer for sections and local groups: Karen Facey
  • Honorary officer for staffing and remuneration: Moira Mugglestone

Jennifer Rogers (pictured above) is the Society’s new VP for external affairs, replacing Jenny Freeman. Jennifer is currently director of statistical consultancy in Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford. Before this, she worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where she was awarded a NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship to pursue research into developing methodology for the analysis of repeat events in the presence of a potentially informative dropout time. Her work is primarily focused on developing novel statistical methodologies for the analysis of clinical trial data, particularly in the field of cardiovascular disease. Jennifer completed her MSc in Statistics at Lancaster University and her PhD from the University of Warwick, where she developed models for point processes with cure fractions.

She has previously sat on the RSS West Midlands local group and the Young Statisticians Section, was appointed as the Guy lecturer in 2014 and has been a Royal Statistical Society Council member since 2015. She was also the Society’s honorary officer for meetings and conferences 2015-16. Jennifer is an experienced science presenter and can regularly be found talking all things statistics in schools, museums, theatres and pubs, including being a regular speaker for maths Inspiration. Notable media appearances include the BBC production 'Long Live Britain', the ITV documentary 'Mystery Map', as well as many interviews on BBC Radio.

Paul Baxter is the Society’s new VP for professional affairs and replaces Stephen Pyke. After gaining a Statistics PhD in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Essex, Paul joined the School of Mathematics, University of Leeds as a lecturer in statistics in 2003. He moved to the School of Medicine in 2009 and became associate professor in 2011. He is currently programme leader for the MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics and is director of studies for five BSc programmes across the School of Medicine. His research focuses on gaining insight from large and complex observational health data, specifically the development and utilisation of latent variable methods and missing data techniques.

Paul is currently chair of the Leeds/Bradford local group (since 2014), a director of RSS Services Ltd (since 2016) and an elected member of the Society’s Professional Affairs Committee (since 2014). He was previously secretary of the Young Statisticians Section (2008-2011), Guy lecturer for schools (2011-12), an elected member of Council (2008-2012), chair of the Professional Development Committee (2011-2014) and an associate editor of JRSS-C (2011-2014). He holds the Society’s chartered statistician status (CStat).

Kim Kavanagh has been appointed as the new honorary officer for conference and events and replaces Jennifer Rogers. Kim is based at the University of Strathclyde, where her research focuses on the area of pharmacoepidemiology and is conducted in collaboration with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science and the Information Services Division of the NHS. Kim is already heavily involved in organising the Society’s 2017 conference which will take place in Glasgow and is a current Council member. Kim has been very active in the Young Statisticians Section, and was the prize-winning presenter at the Young Statisticians meeting in 2010.

Karen Facey, who replaces Cathal Walsh as honorary officer for sections and local groups, is a chartered statistician who has been an RSS fellow for the past 30 years. She has held roles related to pharmaceutical statistics in England and has held wider management/assessment/research roles in the NHS in Scotland and internationally for the past 15 years. She has served on the RSS Council and been a member of its remuneration and audit committees. In 2015 she undertook a review of RSS sections and is keen to see the empowerment of sections and local groups to support the Society’s goal of improving the role of statistics in society ensuring policy formulation is informed by evidence for the public good. She is also a member of the Faculty of Public Health and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

All will start in their new roles from January 2017. The Society would like to thank all of those stepping down from their roles for their service in recent years.



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