Alumni Lecture Series 2019

'The Christie and the future of cancer care'

Roger Spencer, Chief Executive of The Christie


Roger Spencer cropped

Date: Thursday 4 April
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Lady Hale Lecture Theatre, Lady Hale Building, University of Salford


Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer* and together, different forms of cancer are responsible for almost a third of all deaths registered in the UK.** However, increases in early detection and revolutions in cancer treatment mean that cancer survival rates have doubled in the UK over the last 40 years and they continue to improve.*


In this lecture, Salford alumnus and CEO of The Christie, Roger Spencer will discuss the role of The Christie in tackling the burden of cancer as the largest single-site cancer centre in Europe. He will share their plans to be a leader in cancer care that not only provides the best outcomes and best experience to patients, relatives, carers and staff, but that also leads research developments in cancer care nationally and internationally.


There have already been huge advances in precision cancer treatment, with hundreds of thousands of patients across the UK now benefiting from increasing survival rates and a reduction in the negative side effects that have long been associated with more invasive therapies. We will hear from Roger about the latest innovations in cancer care and treatment, such as the introduction of the UKs first Proton beam therapy facility at The Christie, meaning that patients here can now receive this cutting-edge treatment without the need to travel overseas. Roger will discuss this major milestone as well as the NHS’ long-term plans to radically transform cancer treatment across the country.


*Cancer Research UK

**Office of National Statistics (2014)


About Roger Spencer


Roger Spencer is Chief Executive of The Christie, Manchester’s specialist cancer care centre treating over 44,000 patients per year. He has worked for the Trust since April 2006 and previously held the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, before being appointed as interim Chief Executive in December 2013, with his permanent appointment confirmed in March 2015.

Together with his MBA from the University of Salford, Roger is a Registered Nurse and holds an honours degree in Nursing Studies. Before moving to The Christie, he previously worked at Salford Royal, East Lancashire Hospitals & Greater Manchester SHA.

Roger has managed significant service developments at The Christie, including: the introduction of networked radiotherapy & chemotherapy centres across Greater Manchester; directing the establishment of Christie partnerships for pathology, specialist diagnostic services and private patients; developing the academic investment plan; and the establishment of the first national proton therapy service in the UK.

In 2016, he led the Trust to a CQC Outstanding rating, an achievement that was repeated in 2018 leading to The Christie becoming the first specialist NHS trust in the UK to receive the health regulator’s highest accolade twice.

Roger was also the executive lead for the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance and led the National Cancer Vanguard for Greater Manchester, a partner in the national Cancer Vanguard which was set up to develop and test new models of cancer care with the aim of improving rates of earlier diagnosis and detection, as well as improving patient outcomes and experience and reduce variation in services. 

In 2018, Roger was ranked amongst the Top 50 Chief Executives, according to the Health Service Journal (HSJ). And, in December last year, he was appointed to the Healthcare UK Advisory Board, accountable to the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) ministers. 


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Our annual Alumni Lecture returns, as we invite an esteemed alumnus to give a lecture to the University community.
04 April 2019 at 18:30