WORKFORCE: The Christie Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive.

Roger Spencer, who has been interim chief executive at the specialist cancer trust since December 2013, has been appointed on a permanent basis.

The Christie

The last few years have been tumultuous for The Christie’s leadership

Mr Spencer, a registered nurse who was previously chief operating officer and deputy chief executive of the Manchester trust, assumed the role of interim chief executive following the suspension of Caroline Shaw.

Christine Outram, The Christie’s chair, said Mr Spencer would 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”.

Mr Spencer said he was “delighted and honoured” to lead The Christie.

He said: “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 £28.5m Manchester Cancer Research Centre, a partnership between The Christie, Manchester University 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.”

The last few years have been tumultuous for The Christie’s board – Lord Bradley resigned as chair in February 2014 after his decision to sanction Ms Shaw’s suspension split the board, and in September 2014 two non executive directors stood down because they were unhappy with the handling of the situation.

Ms Shaw resigned from the trust in October last year.