The Christie is delighted to announce the appointment of Roger Spencer as its new Chief Executive.

Roger has been Interim Chief Executive at the Trust since December 2013 before the appointment was made permanent today following a national advertisement for the position which attracted a strong field of excellent candidates.

Previously Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, Roger has worked for the Trust since April 2006. During his time as Interim Chief Executive, Roger has led the development of the Trust's five year strategy which aims to deliver the best outcomes for patients by ensuring patients have access to the latest technology, local delivery of chemotherapy services and expanding and improving The Christie site.

He has also managed significant service developments at The Christie including satellite radiotherapy centres across Greater Manchester, transforming the delivery of Christie services to an outpatient based model and led negotiations for the establishment of partnerships including a private patients' joint venture, pharmacy partnerships and a pathology partnership.

Christine Outram, Chairman of The Christie, said: "Roger's appointment is fantastic news. We have all been extremely impressed by his passionate commitment to the NHS and to The Christie. I know that he will provide outstanding leadership for the Trust in the provision of world class services for our patients, and in the delivery of innovative and leading edge research and education in cancer."

The new Chief Executive said: "I'm delighted and honoured to be leading an organisation as successful and well-respected as The Christie supported by a dedicated team of staff, members, fundraisers, volunteers and supporters.

"We have some exciting and ambitious developments planned for the next few years with the introduction of the UK's first high energy proton beam therapy service, the imminent opening of the new £28.5 million Manchester Cancer Research Centre, a partnership between The Christie, The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK; and our partnership with the charity Maggie's to open a centre on our site offering practical, emotional and social support to patients and their families.

"All of these initiatives will improve the care and treatment we can offer our patients and I look forward with anticipation and commitment to ensuring the Trust continues to achieve and exceed its goals and aspirations."

As a registered nurse with a BSc Hons in Nursing Studies and a Masters in Business Administration, Roger began his nursing career at Manchester Royal Infirmary, and has held a number of positions within trusts across Manchester including: Deputy Director of Operations at Burnley Healthcare NHS Trust;Deputy Divisional Director Acute Services, East Lancashire Hospitals Trust; and General Manager for Emergency and Critical Care, Women and Children and Clinical Support Services at Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Roger also holds the positions of Director of The Christie Clinic LLP, Independent Director at Southway Housing Trust and Executive Governor of Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) with Manchester University and other health partners.