Amanda Pleavin

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.”



Mike Saunders  

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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Bernadette Roach

As Improvement Delivery Lead for the South Cancer Alliance, Bernadette’s role is very much focused on supporting systems to deliver high quality and equitable cancer services in line with the NHS Cancer Strategy and Long-term Plan.  

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Head of Transformation - Gini's role focuses on shaping cancer care across the South Alliance. This includes work to improve survival rates such as looking at how we can increase uptake on cancer screening, introduce innovations and implement strategies to diagnose cancers earlier, thereby improving survival rates and improving the efficiency of cancer pathways.

"Having worked as a nurse in cancer care for thirty years, patient and family experience is always at the forefront of my work -  I have a strong commitment and passion to improve the care and services for anyone given a diagnosis of cancer and for those people that are supporting them through their ‘journey’."


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Programme Manager - The aim of this role is on the delivery of key programmes that are aligned to ambitions of the Long Term Plan and support restoration and recovery with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"My key personal aim at work is to make a difference to patient care, ensuring delivery of quality services that support early cancer diagnosis and best practice pathways as well as personalised care for people living with and beyond cancer."

"My career has been in operational lead roles in acute trusts across multiple specialties. I am also experienced in business change and transformation programmes."



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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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Kirsty Osborne

Kirsty is the Principal Informatics Analyst working within the informatics team for NHS England and Improvement in the East of England, covering both the North and South Cancer Alliances. 

“I have spent over seven years working as an analyst within the NHS; managing projects, providing key insights to support decision making and working collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and improve services.”


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Programme Manager - the aim of Emma's role is to deliver the key programmes that are aligned to the ambitions of the Long Term Plan, helping to shape improvements in cancer care across the south of the region. 

“Having worked in the NHS for twelve years, my intention is to be able to make a difference to patient care by working alongside and supporting our system colleagues, ensuring delivery of good quality services that support early cancer diagnosis and best practice timed pathways.”


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Information Manager - Inderjit leads and supports on informatics projects delivered by the teams in the North and South Alliance and partner organisations.

"I have spent almost fifteen years working in a variety of roles in NHS Health Informatics. I have worked with business partners and clinicians to develop and deliver transformation projects in primary and community care.

"I thrive on translating data into reliable information that can be used to shape services and make a difference to the lives of our local population."


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Kate Swan

Communications Lead - leading on the communications function for the East of England Cancer Alliances. This includes leading on website development and introduction of social media, as well as working on stakeholder engagement and content production. 


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Business Coordinator (South Alliance) / Executive Assistant to Managing Director - The aim of the role is to provide business and office management support to the team, ensure tasks and activities are planned, managed and delivered effectively. To support the Managing Director in daily tasks, meetings, email and calendar management. 

“I provide business support to the Managing Director and team with projects and workstreams. I support the Patient Partnership Group with their monthly meetings and provide business support to the Co-Chairs.

I have experience of working in cancer and the NHS, having worked at various London hospitals for over 15 years then moving to the private sector for nine years working for orthopaedics and for two private colorectal surgeons. I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role and a good dose of common sense, which is a necessary attribute."


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Olayinka Olukayode

Business Support Officer for the South Cancer Alliance - Olayinka coordinates and provides administrative support for the team and staff across the South Cancer Alliance in order to deliver an effective service. Undertaking reporting, projects and analysis of information to support delivery.

“My goal is to enable, promote and support the effective use of data, information, knowledge and technology to improve, inform and support a portfolio of projects, services and initiatives.

“I have a passion for patient care and I have spent over ten years in the delivery of effective and efficient patient administration services.”