Business & Industrial Section


The Business and Industrial Section (BIS) of the Royal Statistical Society is targeted at practitioners and users of statistics in business and industrial applications. BIS aims to raise awareness of relevant events, share good practice, provide opportunities to network and discuss topics of interest.

We organise events on applications of statistical methods to all areas of business and industry including risk analysis, experimental design, measurement uncertainty, business innovation, asset management, quantitative finance, big data and business surveys.


  • The BIS Section promotes the advancement and the application of statistical techniques (methods and thinking) to all aspects of business and industry through organising meetings or conferences on relevant topics.
  • The meetings or conferences may involve presentations, discussions, demonstrations or the reading of papers.
  • The Committee may form (with the permission of Council) study groups for the examination and study of particular problems.
  • The BIS welcomes opportunities to organise meetings jointly with other organisations, sections or groups. It works with or notifies other sections when there are meetings relevant to them.


Chair: Trevor Duguid Farrant (Mondelēz) 
Vice-chair: Housh Mashhoudy (Coventry University) 
Secretary: Kirsty Horrocks (Johnson & Johnson) 
Meetings Secretary: Neil Spencer (SSCU, Hertfordshire)

Committee members

Giuliana Battisti (Warwick University)
Steve Ellison (LGC)
David Smallbone (Babcock International)
Heather Battey (Imperial and Princeton University)
Neil Spencer (SSCU, Hertfordshire)

Future meetings

View our events calendar:

News and meetings reports

See news about the section and reports from our meetings.

Additional information

Twitter: @RSS_BIS
LinkedIn group