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Nick Hulme

North Cancer Alliance Chair - as well as being the Chair of the North Cancer Alliance, Nick is Chief Executive for East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, and leads on the Integrated Care System for Suffolk and North East Essex.


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Amanda Pleavin

Amanda is the Managing Director for the Cancer Alliances in the East of England, with responsibility for the North and South Cancer Alliances. Amanda leads the East of England response and recovery to the COVID pandemic for cancer services across the two Alliances.

“Improving cancer services in the East of England remains our key aim and to do this we work collaboratively with colleagues in order to put patients and the public at the heart of all that we do.”



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Assistant Director - Mike is the Assistant Director for both the North and South Cancer Alliances as part of NHS England and Improvement in the East of England. Mike has over fourteen years experience of working within the NHS and Department of Health.

"My role involves developing strategic direction with the senior management team across the two Alliances at a regional level. Working closely with the National Cancer Programme team to ensure any national initiatives are transitioned at a regional level and across all six systems."


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Sarah Miller

Head of Informatics - Sarah leads on cancer informatics for NHS England and Improvement in the East of England, covering both the North and South Cancer Alliances. 

"I have worked in cancer statistics and programme management for fifteen years within cancer charities, the Civil Service and the NHS. With one in two people now at risk of being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, cancer data has never been so important.

"Using informatics alongside qualitative local narrative, the Informatics Team aim to provide a useful, robust source of evidence-based cancer intelligence for our local stakeholders that identifies variation. Our ultimate aim is to understand and improve cancer outcomes for our patients." 

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Cate White 

Data and Digital Programme Manager – working within the wider Informatics Team across both the North and South Cancer Alliances, to support and lead programmes focused on earlier and faster diagnosis, improving cancer pathways and frameworks for data sharing; along with developing and retaining information about the digital solutions in place, or being developed, across the region.

“I have worked in the public sector for over ten years in roles spanning business intelligence and evaluation, criminal justice, and health”.

“This is an exciting role as I am passionate about using data and intelligence to enhance our understanding of services and where we can improve, to make decisions which can help cancer services to be more efficient and effective for patients”.

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Head of Transformation Programmes - Victoria works closely with the systems in the North Alliance, helping to shape improvements in cancer care across the north of the region. 

"I have worked in a number of transformation roles in the health and care sector over the last seven years. I thoroughly enjoy working in cancer transformation as it is extremely rewarding and the programmes can make significant improvements for patients."

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Improvement Delivery Lead – Kate supports the delivery of high quality, consistent and equitable cancer services and positive health outcomes for cancer patients and the public, in-line with NHS cancer strategy and the Long-term Plan.

"I have 18 years experience in the NHS and the last ten years have been in operational lead roles in an acute trust across multiple specialties."


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Programme Manager (North Alliance) - The aim of this role is to deliver the key programmes that are aligned to ambitions of the Long Term Plan, helping to shape improvements in cancer care across the north of the region. 

"My experience includes over fifteen years spent working in NHS senior operational management roles within an Acute Trust, with a particular focus and interest in cancer services.

"I have significant experience in clinical service management, service transformation and the delivery of performance standards. I am passionate about involving patients, carers and the public in the planning,delivery and evaluation of health care services."


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Julie Shepherd

Business Coordinator for the North Alliance - Julie provides business and office management support; supporting the teams to ensure task and activities are planned, managed and delivered effectively.

"I support the Primary Care Group and Cancer System Support meetings, I also provide business support on various projects and workstreams. I am undertaking website development for our futures page, overseeing finances and analysis of information to support delivery.

“I have worked in the NHS for seven years and have extensive skills and management experience. I really enjoy working in the Cancer Alliance team which is an exciting opportunity to enhance my knowledge and understanding of the service we support."