Two new non-executive directors have joined the Board of Directors at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Grenville Page and Alveena Malik will take up their new positions in September and October respectively, replacing outgoing directors Neil Large and Kathryn Riddle who will shortly reach the end of their tenure as non-executive directors. Both bring a huge wealth of experience to their roles at the specialist cancer centre.


Alveena Malik (left) and Grenville Page (right)

Grenville Page, from Stockport, is a highly experienced professional drawing on a wealth and diverse range of roles throughout his career as a non-executive director, trustee, executive and business consultant across the public, charities/social enterprise, housing and education sectors with a professional background in finance and governance. 

He is CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) qualified and has held Finance Director positions in health, a social enterprise and a local authority owned care organisation. He started his career in local government, before moving into the NHS and then into the Civil Service. He moved out of full time employment 10 years ago to fulfill his ambition of developing a portfolio career working across sectors to drive collaborative working and innovation.  

Grenville, who is married with 1 daughter, is currently lay member for governance and well-being guardian at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning which he will be stepping down from and holds other non executive director/trustee positions in social care, housing, a multi-academy trust and a GP federation based in Stockport. He is also an independent member of the Audit Committee of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. 

He said: “The Christie has a tremendous reputation and I of course have family and friends who have benefited from the wonderful care provided. I am delighted to be joining The Christie team and hope my experience, especially in finance, will prove beneficial.” 

Alveena Malik, aged 47 from Didsbury, has over 20 years’ experience of working nationally on equalities and cohesion issues as well as delivering social innovation projects.  

For the past 5 years, Alveena has been Chief Executive and Co-Founder of One Million Mentors, a unique community-based mentoring programme, quickly growing roots around the UK. The aim is to transform young lives by connecting one million young people with one million mentors. 

Previously she was Head of UpRising, a national youth leadership charity. Prior to this, Alveena was Principal Associate at the Institute for Community Cohesion (iCoCo) with lead responsibility on Education and Cohesion Policy and Intercultural Dialogue. She began her career at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) where she became Head of Communities and Integration Policy, leading the development of policies tackling issues such as segregation and extremism. 

In 2010, Alveena was appointed as Faith Panel Advisor to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG). She was also appointed as Special Advisor to the CLG Committee Inquiry into Migration and PREVENT. As well as this, she was advisor to the Law Society’s Equality and Diversity Committee and was selected for the Northern Power Women Power List in 2020. 

Alveena, who has 3 daughters, said: “Living locally to The Christie, I am very aware what an important organisation it is and what wonderful care it provides to cancer patients. The pandemic in particular has highlighted how important our health infrastructure is and I hope my expertise, particularly surrounding diversity issues, will contribute to the already fantastic work happening.” 

Chairman of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Christine Outram, said: “We are delighted to welcome Grenville and Alveena to the Board of Directors at The Christie. They bring a wealth of experience with them that will no doubt be beneficial to all we do to provide cancer care and research. We look forward to working with them both.” 

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was the first specialist trust to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ twice (in 2016 and 2018) by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It referred to The Christie as ‘a leader in cancer care’ and ‘a pioneer in developing innovative solutions to cancer care.’ The CQC praised the Trust’s staff which it said ‘go the extra mile to meet the needs of patients and their families’ and that they were ‘exceptionally kind and caring.’ In 2017, the CQC rated The Christie as the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England. 

Last updated: August 2021