Leadership: senior management team

Chief executiveStian Westlake, Chief executive

Stian leads the RSS on a programme of activities that take forward its strategic goals, including the Society’s Covid-19 Task ForceData Manifesto and National Lottery-funded initiative, Statisticians for Society.
Stian was previously policy advisor to three successive ministers for universities and science. Before then he was an executive director at Nesta (2009-2017) where he ran the organisation’s think tank. Under his leadership, the team launched a range of initiatives on data and evidence, including the Alliance for Useful Evidence, the Innovation Growth Lab and the Innovation Index (in partnership with ONS). Stian is co-author of Capitalism Without Capital, a book about intangible investment and the economy. He is also a governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research and advisory board member of the Institute for Community Studies.

Director of membership and professional affairsNicola Emmerson, Director of membership and professional affairs

Nicola directs the work of the membership and professional affairs team, which includes all aspects of membership administration, member benefit delivery and professional development. Nicola has held a variety of roles during her career at the Society, and currently focuses on delivery of the membership strategy with particular emphasis on growth, retention and engagement. Before joining us, Nicola worked for a number of voluntary sector organisations and has a Master’s degree in voluntary sector management.

Charlotte Stovell, Finance director

Charlotte is responsible for designing the Society’s financial strategy, including assessment of future opportunities and risks, understanding of the commercial and mission-oriented aspects of the Society’s work, and analysis of long-term financial sustainability. Charlotte has been a long serving employee of the Society and the finance team at the RSS.

Head of training and commercialStuart McKendrick, Director of training and commercial

Stuart leads our commercial and events team which has responsibility for the annual conference, training, society events, venue hire plus marketing and advertising. Stuart’s main focus is on delivering the Society’s growth plans for these areas. Prior to joining us, Stuart worked in the construction and oil and gas industries.

Head of digital and ITJack Beeby, Director of digital and IT

Jack leads our digital team that is responsible for the RSS website, social media, newsletters, videos and podcasts. He also manages IT infrastructure, CRM, digital projects and external suppliers. Jack is focussed on ensuring that technology allows the RSS to communicate effectively with its members and adapt to their needs. Jack has a background in web development and digital marketing in both the private and charity sectors.


Chief executive’s office
Jo Fishwell, Governance and committees officer

Public affairs, policy and education
Jonathan Everett, Head of policy and education
Mags Wiley, Media and external relations manager
Erica Belcher, Policy data analyst

Membership and professional affairs
Ricky McGowan, Head of professional standards and accreditation
Brian Tarran, Head of data science platform
Anna Heath, Membership manager
Amaka Nwagbara, Member engagement manager
Olga Mendes, Partner engagement manager
Joanna Ratajczak, Membership and professional accreditation administrator
Alfie Jenkins, Membership teams administrator
Amirah Chaudry, Statisticians for Society officer
Beryl Curtis, Professional standards administrator

Anna Britten, Significance editor
Judith Shorten, Journals Manager

IT and digital
Sara McDonnell, Web and social media editor
Teresa Espejo, Web and multimedia officer

Mawreen Chapman, Office manager
Sonia Scriven, Finance assistant

Marketing, training, events and venue hire
Paul Gentry, Conferences and events manager
Maryjoy Kellman, Training and commercial administrator