Executive Recruitment

Director of Research & Innovation

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The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Attractive Salary
Closing date:
25th January
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
9AM Monday 25th January
Preliminary Interviews
Early February
Final Panel Interviews
w/c 1st March


The Christie NHS Foundation Trust is the largest cancer treatment centre of its kind in Europe. An international leader in cancer research and development, we are global pioneers in cancer research and believe that research and innovation are crucial to great care. It is part of the ethos of The Christie that everyone – not just clinicians and scientists – should be involved in research in one form or another. Only by achieving this can we be sure to improve outcomes at every level for patients. The range and depth of our research an innovation activity and the high-quality leadership and expertise make us a key partner for both UK and international collaborations.

Our emphasis is on developing personalised approaches to medicine that target a therapy specific to a patient’s disease. Moreover, the range of our research is truly extensive and covers everything from understanding the molecular and cellular basis of cancer, to the development and testing of novel treatments and improving the patient experience.

Currently, Christie Research has more than 650 open trials and is the largest centre in the UK for commercial cancer trials.  As well as housing the largest early-phase clinical trials unit in the UK and one of the largest in Europe, it is also the first UK centre to be officially accredited as a Cancer Research UK Major Centre, is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre, and hosts the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility. Our research continues to grow: around 14,000 new cancer patients are treated here every year and we are proud of the fact that we offer so many of them the chance to access new therapies by taking part in research studies.

Our vision is to be one of the world’s leading comprehensive cancer centres within the next 5 years. This means that we aim for excellence across the integrated activities of cancer care, research, and education.  This ambitious vision builds on The Christie’s strong relations with industry, academic partners, other NHS bodies and the communities it serves.  

The Director of Research & Innovation will be responsible for the development, implementation and delivery of a multi-disciplinary research and innovation strategy for the Trust.  This strategy will identify priorities and goals that are in line with the Trust’s strategic objectives and reflect the ambition of the Christie’s clinical research body, the principles set out by the  board of directors and the wider academic ambitions for cancer research across Greater Manchester, the UK, and international research and innovation partners.

This is an exceptional opportunity to continue your substantial career in international cancer research and innovation. This is a highly visible, senior leadership role, and requires someone who is visionary and ambitious with a proven track record in a similar position in a renowned research centre and a significant portfolio of relevant research. You must be committed and constantly striving to push boundaries in research and find ways of bringing partnerships together.

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For more information and a confidential conversation, please contact Lucy Deane, Melanie West or Robin Staveley on 07825 990 792 or via email lucy.deane@gatenbysanderson.com

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