Professor Hand is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London. He was previously Professor of Statistics at Imperial College (1999-2011) during which time he was also Head of the Mathematics in Banking and Finance Programme (2005-09); before that he was Professor of Statistics at the Open University (1988-99). Since 2010, he has served as Chief Scientific Adviser to Winton Capital Management.
Professor Hand was President of the Royal Statistical Society for two terms (2008-09 and 2010) and is currently a member of the UK Statistics Authority’s Regulation Committee. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, a member of the UK Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences, and a member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He was President of both the British Classification Society (1989-92) and the International Federation of Classification Societies (2006-07).
Professor Hand was educated at the University of Oxford and University of Southampton. He won the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy Medal in Silver in 2002 and was awarded the OBE for services to Research and Innovation in the New Year Honours in 2013.
Professor Hand has been re-appointed for a term of two years ending on 31 March 2018.