• The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Foundation Trust appoints new chief executive 
  • The new chief is currently deputy chief executive of the Royal Marsden FT in London
  • Appointment comes following the resignation of former chief after the trust discovered a “close personal relationship” with another executive 

A new chief executive has been appointed to a specialist trust in Merseyside, after the previous postholder was found to have had a “close personal relationship” with another executive.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Foundation Trust, in the Wirral, has appointed Liz Bishop, as its new chief executive.

Ms Bishop is currently deputy chief executive and chief operating offer for the Royal Marsden FT, and will join the trust in November.

Her appointment comes after the trust’s former chief executive, Andrew Cannell, resigned in March 2018, following the discovery of “a close personal relationship” with another of the senior executive team.

The trust also suspended its deputy chief executive Yvonne Bottomley whilst an independent investigation was carried out. The outcome of the investigation has not been published.

The trust is currently in the process of building a new cancer centre based in Liverpool.

In a statement, Ms Bishop said: “I’ve met many of the clinical and non-clinical staff and was extremely impressed by their dedication and commitment to delivering a high quality service for people with cancer.

“The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has a strong track record in providing excellent care and leading clinical and translational research. I look forward to working with teams across the whole trust, and external partners, to continue to improve patient experience and outcomes, grow the research portfolio and ensure a good working environment for staff.”

Regarding the investigation, the trust said: “The conclusions of the investigation and the hearing have been notified to Andrew Cannell and Yvonne Bottomley who have a right to appeal. Both individuals resigned from their posts prior to the conclusion of the investigation and offered apologies to the trust for their errors of judgement.

“There is no question of any financial impropriety. We remain appreciative for the many years of successful and committed service from both Andrew and Yvonne.”