Professor Spiegelhalter is Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge. His background is in medical statistics, particularly the use of Baysian methods in clinical trials, health technology assessment and drug safety. He led the statistical team in the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry and also gave evidence to the Shipman Inquiry. In his new post he leads a small team which is attempting to improve the way in which the quantitative aspects of risk and uncertainty are discussed in society. He was elected FRS in 2005 and awarded an OBE in 2006 to services to medical statistics.
Using statistics can help us to identify unsafe practice and should allow us to intervene earlier than has been historically shown.