Who is Bernard Silverman?

My current full-time post is Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office, where I have a dual role, firstly to provide independent scientific advice to the Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers on the whole range of topics relevant to Home Office business, and secondly to lead Science and Research in the Home Office. I also play a part in the interdepartmental network of Chief Scientific Advisers chaired by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser. I have a number of honorary academic connections, with the Department of Statistics at Oxford University and at the London School of Economics; with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the Oxford-Man Institute for Quantitative Finance and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment; and with Green Templeton College, Oxford.

* I am past President of the Royal Statistical Society and a former President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
* I am a Fellow of the Royal Society and am a member of the Society’s Council for the years 2009 and 2010
* I have recently completed a term as Editor (jointly with Susan Murphy of the University of Michigan) of The Annals of Statistics.
* The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) was conducted jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and its counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I served as chair of the Statistics sub-panel in this exercise.
* Before taking up my current post, my recent work for the UK Government included a non-executive directorship of the Defence Analytical Services Agency, the Statistics and Economics agency of the Ministry of Defence. I chaired the peer review panel for the Department for Transport's Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow and was a member of the Government’s GM Science Review Panel, which produced two reports on the science behind the debate on genetic modification issues.
* I have served as Chair of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) and the Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom.