A tribute to Dame Fiona Caldicott, an Academy Founder Fellow and the first National Data Guardian, from our President Professor Dame Anne Johnson PMedSci:
"I am deeply saddened to hear the news that Dame Fiona Caldicott DBE FMedSci has died. Dame Fiona was elected to the Academy in 1998 as one of our Founder Fellows. She immediately set to work to support the Academy, serving as one of the inaugural Council members and providing wisdom and support to steer the organisation through its early years.
"That generosity of support continued throughout the Academy’s history with Fiona regularly supporting the development of our policy work, particularly our project on data driven health technologies. She leaves an important and impressive legacy in terms of the Caldicott principles (with a consultation on amending and expanding the principles only just concluding in December) and the National Data Guardians. She worked tirelessly to ensure patients and the public were placed at the heart of this work, amplifying the voices of those who found it hard to be heard and bringing together disparate views to speak as one.
"Alongside the hugely influential role she played in guiding access to patient data she was a kind and generous supporter of early career researchers. She dedicated so much of her time to helping the next generation of research leaders climb the ladder to success. She connected with many through the Academy’s mentoring programme particularly focussing on supporting women in their research careers. Dame Fiona was also a strong support to our media training for women experts, joining sessions and putting herself under the studio spotlight to learn with others despite her considerable media experience.
"She will be sorely missed by Fellows and staff from the Academy and our thoughts are with her family and friends."