Fiona Carragher

Chief Policy and Research Officer, Alzheimer’s Society


Fiona Carragher joined Alzheimer’s Society as Chief Policy and Research Officer in January 2019. As a member of our Executive Group and Strategic Leadership Team, Fiona plays a pivotal role in the Society’s vision to create a world without dementia. She has overall responsibility for delivering our New Deal on Research strategy; leading our growing and ambitious world-class research programme and portfolio. She also has oversight of our work to strengthen our position as the national charity leader on dementia health, social care policy and societal change.

Prior to joining Alzheimer’s Society, Fiona was the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England, supporting the head of profession for the 50,000 healthcare science workforces in the NHS. She also led a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities including establishing the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics programme and the system wide Action Plan on Hearing Loss.

Fiona is a Consultant Clinical Biochemist by background. She has worked in multi-professional teams for two decades at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and Kings College Hospital London, with a focus on providing high quality, innovative services.

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, Chartered Scientist and a European Specialist in Laboratory Medicine.

Fiona is committed to ensuring that we reach every person who has a dementia diagnosis and wants our help. She wants to change the conversation on dementia, mainstream the rights of people affected by dementia and drive the research agenda, working tirelessly to improve care and find a cure.