Professor Deborah Ashby, currently Interim Head of the School of Public Health and Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, has accepted appointment as Director of the School of Public Health with effect from 1 July 2018, for an initial period of 5 years.
Professor Ashby joined the College in 2008, and since then she has occupied a number of leadership positions, including Co-Director of the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit.
Her research focuses on clinical trials, risk-benefit decision making for medicines, and the utility of Bayesian approaches in these areas. Professor Ashby was awarded an OBE for services to medicine in 2009 and was appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2010. She was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012 and is President-Elect of the Royal Statistical Society.
Mr Oliver Gooch has accepted appointment of Director of Music and Director of the Blyth Centre, with effect from 1 August 2018.
In this role he will be responsible for fostering musicianship and musical and visual art activity at the College, including conducting the College’s flagship Symphony Orchestra and supporting other student musical ensembles.
Mr Gooch is a former Associate Conductor at the Royal Opera House, Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, and Philharmonia and a Music Director for Raymond Gubbay Ltd. He has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Queensland Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, New York Sinfonietta, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Milano, and has recently made a debut recording with the RTÉ National Symphony. Mr Gooch has also been involved in student music at the University of Cambridge, conducting both university orchestras, and leading three international orchestra tours and four European choir tours.