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Dame Cally Palmer

National Cancer Director
NHS England

Cally Palmer is National Cancer Director for NHSE/I and Chief Executive of the Royal Marsden NHS FT. She has held this dual role since 2015 and 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. 

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.

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.