YSM 2018 Speakers

Professor Denise Lievesley, CBE, CStat, FAcSS

Principal of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.


Before coming to Oxford, Professor Denise Lievesley was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Public Policy and Professor of Social Statistics at King's College London from 2008.

Formerly she has been Chief Executive of the English Health and Social Care Information Centre, Director of Statistics at UNESCO, where she founded the Institute for Statistics, and Director (1991-1997) of the UK Data Archive. While Director of the Data Archive, Denise was also Professor of Research Methods at the University of Essex. She has served as a United Nations Special Adviser on Statistics, stationed in Addis Ababa.

Denise served as President of the Royal Statistical Society (1999 - 2001), and as President of the International Statistical Institute (2007 - 2009) and the International Association for Official Statistics (1995 - 1997).

Professor Sir David Cox

Honorary Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.


David Cox is a statistician who has significantly advanced statistical analysis and its application. His paper introducing his proportional hazards model has some tens of thousands of citations. The best known application of this work is in analysing data from clinical trials; other applications include modelling failure of mechanical components.

David’s model provides a means to work out which of many possible variables are predictive of a particular outcome that is related to the time that has passed. David’s many other notable contributions include detailed studies of sequences of point events and work on experimental design.

David has served as President of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability, the Royal Statistical Society and the International Statistical Institute. He was knighted in 1985.

Professor Philip Dawid

Emeritus Professor of Statistics, University of Cambridge.


For many years Philip Dawid was Professor of Probability and Statistics at University College London.  His research interests include logical foundations of Bayesian and other schools of probability and statistics, Bayes nets, statistical causality, probability forecasting, and forensic inference.  His theory of conditional independence is a keystone of modern statistical theory and methods, and he has has demonstrated its value in a host of applications, including computation in probabilistic expert systems and causal inference.  His co-authored book Probabilistic Networks and Expert Systems won the first DeGroot Prize for a published book in Statistical Science, and he was awarded the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal in Silver in 2001.  He has been Editor of Biometrika and of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series B).  He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society, of IMS, ISI and ISBA, and has served as Vice-President of RSS and as President of ISBA, of which he is an honorary lifetime member.

Professor Jane Hutton

Professor of Statistics, University of Warwick.


Professor Jane Hutton works in medical statistics, with special interests in survival analysis, meta-analysis and non-random data. Her methodological research largely focuses on developing models to answer questions raised by health care colleagues, and patients.  Professor Hutton has major collaborations in cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Professor Hutton has written on ethics and philosophy of statistics, in response to challenges arising from medical research, legal work and discussions with statistical colleagues and philosophers.

Sir Andrew Dilnot, CBE 

Warden of Nuffield College, University of Oxford.


Andrew Dilnot is Warden of Nuffield College Oxford. He was Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority from 2012 to 2017, and was the Chairman of the Commission on the Funding of Care and Support, which reported in 2011. He was Principal of St Hugh’s College, Oxford, from 2002 to 2012 and a Pro Vice Chancellor of Oxford University from 2005 to 2012. He was Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1991 to 2002. He was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s series on the beauty of numbers, ‘More or Less’ and also presented Radio 4's ‘A History of Britain in Numbers’. He has served on the Social Security Advisory Committee, the National Consumer Council, the Councils of the Royal Economic Society and Queen Mary and Westfield College, as a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation, and as chairman of the Statistics Users Forum of the Royal Statistical Society.

Further conference speakers will be confirmed in due course.

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