Deborah was chosen from a list of nominees put forward by RSS fellows to the Society's President Nominating Committee and recommended to Council, which endorsed the nomination at the end of March.
Professor Deborah Ashby is chair of medical statistics and clinical trials at Imperial College London, where she is co-director of Imperial Clinical Trials Unit and the deputy head of Imperial School of Public Health. She specialises in clinical trials, risk-benefit decision making for medicines and utilising Bayesian approaches in these areas. She is an honorary member of both the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the Royal College of Radiologists.
In 2009 Deborah was awarded the OBE for services to medicine in the 2009 New Year's Honours List, was appointed a senior investigator at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in 2010, and was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012. She is also Chartered Statistician.
As well as being a CStat, Deborah has had many links with RSS over the years - firstly on the committees of our Merseyside Local Group and Medical Section before serving on our Council 1992-1997, during which time she was also a vice president and member of our Executive Committee. She was a Society honorary secretary from 1998 to 2004 and co-ordinated our 175th Anniversary celebrations in 2009. More recently, Deborah has served on our Honours committee and was a member of our Academic Affairs Advisory Group until last year.