A short autobiography of Shirley Coleman (President 2004-2005)

I was President of ENBIS from 2004-5. It was a great honour to be elected to this position and I enjoyed my year immensely. I was fortunate enough to be at the kick-off meeting for ENBIS held in Amsterdam in 2000 and was immediately attracted by the energy and enthusiasm of the people there. I have been involved in the running of ENBIS by helping in various ways such as nomination committee and audits and chair the Quality Improvement Special Interest Group. I have been able to attend all the yearly conferences.

ENBIS is fascinating because it provides a forum to meet and talk with people who are enthusiastic about statistics and are practitioners applying statistical analysis to a wide range of subject areas. There is the interest from discussing the details of the applications and there is also the interest in seeing how people work in different countries. ENBIS presents a real pan European experience and has enriched my life as an applied statistician.

After the retirement of Dave Stewardson in 2003, I took over the co-ordination of pro-ENBIS, the European framework 5 Thematic Network which Dave had set up in 2002. pro-ENBIS brought together partners from all over Europe and really established ENBIS as a viable community. Following on from pro-ENBIS, partners and other statistical practitioners contributed their expertise to a statistical handbook published by Wiley. I was privileged to co-edit this book with Tony Greenfield, Doug Montgomery and Dave Stewardson. "Statistical Practice in Business and Industry" was published in March 2008 and is an excellent tribute to the diversity and knowledge represented in ENBIS.

ENBIS conferences are informative, inspiring and enjoyable. During my presidency, we held the 5th International ENBIS conference in Newcastle. There was an excellent response in terms of contributed papers and posters and invited speakers and key notes all accepted enthusiastically which was gratifying and a testament to the high status that ENBIS now enjoys.

The tradition of holding conferences is important for face to face contact. Web communication is increasingly important and it is pleasing that ENBIS has been able to keep up to date with a new website recently launched. ENBIS has a great future and I look forward to being a part of it.