Janet Godolphin received a first class honours degree in Mathematics from the University of London and she subsequently gained a PhD in Statistics, also from the University of London. In 1987 she joined GEC Hirst Research Centre, where she was one of a specialist team working on structural planning and variable determination for designed experiments optimising the reliability and performance of semi-conductors. She acted for ten years as consultant and advisor to industrial practitioners on a variety of design problems in the engineering and pharmaceutical industries and she recently collaborated on designs for microarray experiments with GlaxoSmithKline. She has published applied and methodological papers on experimental design, specialising in connectivity properties of selected designs, and she has given presentations at several international conferences organised by the Royal Statistical Society and the International Biometrics Society. She is currently a Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Surrey.