I pop in today after too long an absence to take care of the website and the blog I have neglected in the last few months. After 18 months in Stockholm, Sweden, I have now moved back to the UK to start a new position with the Animal and Plant Health Agency. I won’t go into details about the radical changes in both my personal and professional circumstances…as John Lennon once famously said, “life is what happens when you are busy making other plans”. The last 4 months have been hectic organising a family move half-way across Europe and settling in in a new house and workplace, but it finally feels like we’ve gone through to the other side now, relatively unscathed.
Since May 1st, I have been working as a statistician for the National Wildlife Management Centre in Sand Hutton. My role is to provide statistical advice, support and consultancy to the formulation and implementation of a range of DEFRA policies. My projects cover critical areas such as bovine tuberculosis control in wildlife, parasitology and invasive species management.
Now based in Yorkshire, I will continue being available as a biostatistician and animal health consultant although my time availability will be much reduced, fitting extra hours around my full-time job, and the tasks cannot be a conflict of interest with my current (government) employer. You can still contact me the usual way. If I am not in a position to help you, I likely know someone who can!
The structure and content of this website may also change in the next few months to reflect the changes in my professional circumstances. I am currently busy editing the proceedings from the AHEAD2017 meeting with the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, but I will get to work on the website once they are published.
Before going back to my day job, I’d like to thank all the wonderful people who accompanied me during the launch and first phase of Epi-Connect. Many new professional connections were made and I got to work on some really cool projects. It has, so far, been an Epi-C journey on both a personal and professional level! I don’t know yet what the second phase of Epi-Connect will hold for me, but
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware (Martin Buber).