RSS statistical ambassadors
The RSS statistical ambassadors programme provides training and support to early-career professional statisticians to help them improve their skills and confidence in talking about statistics in public – to the media, schools and wider public. To date, they have given media interviews, created and participated in public events, helped journalists and press officers understand probability, data analytics and other statistical issues, written popular articles, and much more.
For further information on the programme, to contact the ambassadors and for media queries, please email our media and external relations manager.
Twelve statistical ambassadors were selected for the first cohort from thirty-two high calibre applications in October 2014. They received two days' training and telephone group mentoring sessions, with experts including David Spiegelhalter, Timandra Harkness, Lucie Green, Sujata Kundu, Kevin McConway, Dorothy Bishop and Nicola Osborne.
Andrew James Williams, University of Exeter Medical School
David Beckett, Office for National Statistics
Deirdre Toher, University of the West of England
Elizabeth Williamson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Hugo Pedder, National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health
Ilaria Prosdocimi, University of Bath
Jamie Sergeant, University of Manchester
Jennifer Rogers, University of Oxford
Jonathan Hope, Health and Social Care Information Centre
Rob Mastrodomenico, Global Sports Statistics
Robert Cuffe, BBC News
Mike Holmes was a statistical ambassador from October 2014 until March 2016. He remains active within the Society.
The second cohort of ten statistical ambassadors were selected in April 2016 from twenty-six high calibre applications. They received two days of training and worked with first cohort to develop their skills and reach out to the wider public and media.
Aoibheann Brady, University of Bath
Liam Brierley, Coventry University
Susan Connolly, MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge
Rhian Davies, Arctic Shores
Penelope Donohue, Forest Research
Michael Dunne-Willows, Newcastle University
Todd K. Hartman, University of Sheffield
Johanna Hutchinson, The Pensions Regulator
Liberty Vittert, University of Glasgow
Simon R. White, MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge
Norma Bargary, University of Limerick
Catey Bunce, King’s College London
Chloe Gibbs, Office for National Statistics
David Hodge, University of Nottingham
Joy Leahy, Trinity College Dublin
Darren Macey, University of Cambridge Mathematics
Anthony Masters, Nationwide Building Society
Brooks Paige, Alan Turing Institute & University of Cambridge
Lucy Teece, Keele University
Graham Wheeler, University College