Ruth King is the Thomas Bayes’ Chair of Statistics at the University of Edinburgh. She took up the position in 2015, after working as a lecturer and reader in Statistics at the University of St Andrews from 2003-15; and as a research associate from 2001-03 at the University of Cambridge. Ruth’s research interests lie in the area of applied and methodological statistics, with particular applications to the areas of ecology and epidemiology. She frequently presents her work at international conferences and seminars and was one of the London Mathematical Society’s 150th Public Lecturers. Ruth is an active member of the scientific community, and is currently a faculty fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. She is co-author of two academic textbooks in the area of statistical ecology. Personally, Ruth is married with two young sons.