New Chair for East Midlands Cancer Alliance

The East Midlands Cancer Alliance (EMCA) has appointed Richard Mitchell, chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFHT) as its new chair.

Richard has been chief executive of SFHT since 2017 and during that time has led his team to steadily improve the quality of care provided to patients as well as inspiring engagement which is valued by staff.

He joined SFFT from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust where he was deputy chief executive and chief operating officer for four years. Previously he worked at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Andrea Gordon, interim managing director of East and West Midlands Cancer Alliances said: “We are delighted that Richard has accepted the appointment of chair of the EMCA. We believe he has exactly the right qualities to lead the Alliance in developing and delivering new models of care to improve cancer outcomes in the East Midlands.”

Added Richard Mitchell, ““I was delighted to be asked to chair the East Midlands Cancer Alliance. I would like to thank Sonia Swart for leading the Alliance so well over the last three years. I believe we have a big responsibility and opportunity to work effectively across the boundaries of our organisations and trusts to improve care and access to all of our patients and I look forward to working with you and your teams on this important agenda.”

Richard is also executive lead for the Mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership, chair of the East Midlands Clinical Research Network and chair of the East Midlands Leadership Academy.

The East Midlands Cancer Alliance is a collaborative of stakeholders including health, social care and third sector organisations who work together with patients. It was established in 2017 with the objective of improving outcomes for cancer patients throughout the East Midlands.

For further information please contact Claire Deeley at or 07770 544899

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