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Christine was appointed as Chair of The Christie in October 2014.

Christine has had a long career in the NHS with over 20 years' experience at Chief Executive level, including the North Central London Strategic Health Authority and NHS Leeds, as well as a spell as Director General for the Department of Health’s Arm’s Length Body Review in 2004.   

With a strong interest in professional education and research, she was appointed managing director of NHS Medical Education England in 2009, an organisation set up to support the Department of Health’s work to develop education and training for doctors, dentists, pharmacists and healthcare scientists. She later combined this role with that of transition director leading on the set up of Health Education England in 2011.    

Chris holds an MBA from the London Business School, and a modern languages degree from Heriot Watt University Edinburgh.  Prior to joining the NHS, she worked as a conference interpreter and in the Department of Trade and Industry. Her first role in the NHS was as a patient advocate, and she continues to be passionate about working with clinical staff and patients to provide excellent services and outcomes for people.

Chris was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list in June 2019.