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.

The QIS committee was originally a sub-committee of the Business and Industrial Section until 1998 when it became a committee reporting to the Society’s Council. In 2004 the committee formally became a section. QIS is an outward facing section with links to many organisations outside of the RSS. The section has strong links with the British Standards Institution (BSI) and Chartered Quality Institute. The section ran a Six Sigma study group for five years and this group enabled the Society to be influential in the development of new Six Sigma BSI and ISO standards.


The aims and objectives of the Section are:

  • Create a fellowship that is representative of the wide range of people who provide leadership for statistical thinking, data science and best practice in the application of quantitative methods for improving the quality of products & services and organisational performance & outcomes.
  • Bring people together via meetings, conferences and online technologies to collaborate, to share knowledge and experience around statistical data analysis and to promote its application, as evidence-based decision making in all areas: private, public, third sector, government, business, commerce, healthcare, industry – service and manufacturing.

QIS is an outward facing section and welcomes all contributions from within and without the RSS


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

Committee members

Eugenie Chung (YSS representative)
Abdel Douiri (Publications network and Discussion meetings representative)
Stephen Ellison
John English
Radouane Oudrhiri
Robert Raeside
Paul Simpson
Blaise Egan (Council representative)

Future meetings

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

Additional information

Annual Report 2018