National Cancer Director for NHS England and Improvement
Dame Cally Palmer Cally Palmer is Chief Executive of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and National Cancer Director for NHS England and Improvement and has held this dual role since 2015. At the Royal Marsden she leads the work of a specialist cancer centre and serves as a Trustee of the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The Royal Marsden and ICR are currently ranked in the top 5 cancer centres globally for research impact. As National Cancer Director, Cally is responsible for the development and implementation of the national strategy for cancer to improve survival and quality of life for all those affected by cancer. Cally has an MSc in management with distinction from the London Business School and was awarded a CBE in 2006 and a DBE in 2020 for her contribution to cancer medicine.