Quality Improvement Section


This Quality Improvement Section (QIS) provides a forum for statistical thinking and best practice in the application of statistical methods for improving organisational performance and outcomes whilst encouraging statisticians to be involved as key advisers at a practical level in organisational improvement.

Quality Improvement was originally part of Business and Industry Section, and initially formed as a Committee, and in 2004 was re-designated as a Section in their own right when the importance of Quality Improvement was more widely recognised. The Section ran a Six Sigma Study group for five years which has now been re-absorbed into the Section. This Study Group enabled the Royal Statistical Society to be influential in the development of the new Six Sigma BSI and ISO standards. The Section now has strong links with both BSI and Chartered Quality Institute.


  • Create a fellowship that is representative of the wide range of people working with quantitative data
  • Facilitate the application of appropriate statistics to areas of human endeavour in particular where statistics are not being used or are used ineffectively but may be of benefit
  • Bring people together via meetings conferences and web technology to share their knowledge and experience around data and both statistical theory and application in all areas: private, public, 3rd sector ;  government, business, commerce, industry – service and manufacturing  
  • Actively promote the use of evidence based decision making and the availability of statistical data
  • Promote statistics and the appropriate use of data amongst all sections of society


Chair: Shirley Coleman
Vice chair: Bradley Manktelow
Secretary: Nigel Marriott
Acting Secretary: Omar McCarthy

Committee members

Eugenie Chung (YSS representative)
Chris Harris
Radouane Oudrhiri
Robert Raeside
Paul Simpson
Abdel Douiri
Chris Seow
Blaise Egan (Council representative)

Future meetings

View our events calendar: statslife.org.uk/quality-improvement-section

Additional information

Annual Report 2018