Cancer Research UK bolsters lobbying arsenal

Cancer Research UK has hired the NHS Confederation's Catherine Meaden as head of external relations and campaigning to beef up its public affairs team.

The role will be supported by another new position – head of policy development – which has been taken up by current policy manager Catherine Foot.

The appointments coincide with the launch of Cancer Research’s ‘Cancer 2020’ campaign, which urges the Government to update its ten-year ‘cancer plan’.

The current plan finishes in 2010 and sets out targets for smoking cessation, access to treatment and staffing issues.

The charity wants to pressure ministers to set out a strategy until 2020.

‘There will be an intense amount of lobbying involved for this,’ said Cancer Research director of public affairs Richard Davidson. ‘We decided the team needed more frontline staff.’

Meaden is poised to leave her government and parliamentary manager role at the NHS Confederation at the end of July.

Upon joining Cancer Research she will take Davidson’s team to 16.

Her new role involves leading the parliamentary, external affairs, campaigning and European functions, and will see her direct policy around the more general subject of charity law.

‘Our work is extremely broad, ranging from services and treatment to research and science,’ said Davidson.

Foot has been with Cancer Research for six years, and joined as a graduate trainee.

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