Cancer Research UK policy boss Souhami retires

Cancer Research UK is hunting for an executive director of policy and comms to replace Robert Souhami, who is retiring next March.

The role – within the world’s largest independent organisation dedicated to cancer research – is the second most senior role in the charity, and the director will report to CEO Alex Markham.

Souhami became director of clinical research when the charity was formed in 2001 and took on the role of director of policy and comms for 18 months. He has responsibility for a directorate of 80 staff overseeing all press and promotions, the handling of all science and cancer information to both the public and scientific bodies, policy and PA and knowledge management, including the creation of research resources and archived information.

‘It’s exceptionally important that the press and PR function is used to support fundraising,’ Souhami said. ‘The public need to know how their cash is being spent. They increasingly see us as the source of authoritative information, so we have to ensure that information is as accurate and as easily accessible as possible.’

* The World Cancer Research Fund is launching a magazine to encourage healthy living among students. Fresh will be handed out to over 20,000 students at selected universities across the UK next month.

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