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Madalyn Hardaker

Madalyn Hardaker

Head of e-Research Data Governance


Madalyn joined King’s in 2020 to support researchers in the IoPPN and Maudsley BRC working with sensitive health data and wanting to use high performance- and hybrid cloud- computing environments. She chaired the King’s Data Security and Protection (DSPT) Working Group to harmonise health data management practices across the university and supported several COVID projects under the Control of Patient Information (COPI) Notice throughout the pandemic. In 2023, she joined e-Research as Head of Data Governance and now works with the team building out the security and governance frameworks for CREATE and the Trusted Research Environment.

Her favourite part of the role is learning about the amazing research proposals across King’s Health Partners and being able to enable and facilitate efficient and effective ways of working that also protect the data subjects, the researchers, and the research. While her existing expertise is in health data management, she has a deep appreciation for the value of strategic data governance applied to other sectors as well. One of her ambitions for this post is to build out the governance framework to support other specialities working with sensitive, classified, or otherwise confidential information.

Before joining King’s, Madalyn was the Information Governance Lead for the CRUK Barts Centre at Queen Mary University of London. There, she implemented ISO 27001 and achieved accreditation for the Data Safe Haven environment; championed GDPR implementation for Barts and the London School of Medicine; and delivered regular training and talks on data protection, information risk management, and information security. Prior to joining British academia, Madalyn worked in a private paediatric clinical trials centre in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.

Outside of work, Madalyn serves as a Trustee at one of her local primary schools and enjoys walking the countryside with her husband, young daughter, and black Labrador Retriever.

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