There is a small team of staff based in our head office in Errol Street, London.


Hetan Shah, Executive Director

Hetan ShahHetan is responsible for the overall strategy and management of the Royal Statistical Society. His previous roles have included running the national charity 'Think Global' and senior think tank roles. His interests include evidence informed policymaking, big data, international development and sustainability. Hetan is visiting senior research fellow at the Kings Policy Institute, Kings College London. He is chair of the Friends Provident Foundation. He is an Honorary Vice-President of the Geographical Association and is on the Steering Group of the Natural Capital Initiative. 

Nicola 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 is currently focussing on delivery of the membership strategy with particular emphasis on membership growth, retention and engagement. Before joining us, Nicola worked for a number of voluntary sector organisations and has gained a Master’s degree in voluntary sector management.

Roeland Beerten, Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Roeland directs the policy work and the external relations of the Society. This includes oversight for the policy development and associated research across a range of topics including education, official statistics and data policy. He also oversees our public affairs portfolio, covering stakeholder relations, parliamentary affairs, press and media and external communications, including Significance Magazine. Before joining us he led on household survey and Census development at the Office for National Statistics. Roeland studied statistics and survey methodology in Belgium and started his career at the University of Leuven, where he conducted electoral and survey methodology research.

Kerry Dyus, Director of Commercial and Marketing

Kerry DyusKerry is an experienced marketing professional, having spent many years operating at a senior level in advertising and marketing/communications agencies. More recently, she has held operational marketing roles in the charity sector. This mix of strategic and operational, corporate and not-for-profit means she’s well qualified to oversee the Royal Statistical Society’s commercial services: training courses, events and venue hire. She also works closely with the membership team, providing marketing input to the membership strategy. Kerry is an advisor to the charity, the Progress Educational Trust.


Executive Director’s office
Sarah Simpson, Governance and Performance Manager
Mawreen Chapman, Governance and Projects Coordinator

Web and Multimedia
Jack Beeby, Web and Multimedia Manager
Sara McDonnell, Web News Editor
Kamila Buczek, Web and Digital Officer

Public Affairs and Policy
Scott Keir, Head of Education and Statistical Literacy
Olivia Varley-Winter, Policy and Research Manager
Magdalen Wiley, Press and Policy Officer

Membership and professional affairs
Anna Heath, Membership Manager
Sarah Barker, Professional Affairs and Examinations Manager
Rosie Sweeney, Membership Recruitment Manager
Joanna Ratajczak, Membership and Professional Affairs Administrator

Martin Owen, Executive Editor
Judith Shorten, Journals Administrator
Brian Tarran, Significance Editor

Chris Sivers, Finance Director
Charlotte Stovell, Finance Manager

Training, Events and Venue hire
Stuart McKendrick, Head of Training and Events
Paul Gentry, Conferences and Events Manager
Tessa Pearson, Events and Training Officer
Atinuke Phillips, Administrator/Receptionist