Our Executive Team

The NCRI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive are responsible for taking forward the activities of NCRI, as agreed by the Board of Trustees. The NCRI CEO is supported by a senior management team who work closely with him, the Board of Trustees, NCRI Partners, other key stakeholders in the UK cancer research community and the rest of the NCRI Executive to help foster a productive partnership.

You can contact us via our general enquires email or email members of the senior management team directly. You can also call us on +44 (0)20 3469 8460.

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Meet the senior management team

Iain Frame

Iain Frame
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Iain joined the NCRI as Chief Executive Officer in August 2018. Previously he was Director of Research at Prostate Cancer UK, leading the charity in key areas of business including, strategic planning, budget management, staff development and ensuring the successful delivery of the charity’s bold and ambitious strategy. Iain has also been involved with NCRI as a previous member of the NCRI Board of Trustees. Prior to his role at Prostate Cancer UK, Iain held the post of Research Director at Diabetes UK for five years, during which time he took forward its funding of high quality, internationally acclaimed studies and worked with the fundraising teams to help almost double the organisation’s research spend. Iain started in the world of charitable research funding with the Wellcome Trust, following many years actively involved in research as a parasitologist.

Iain is a strong advocate of getting results by developing partnerships and using innovative approaches to support the research community.


Ruth McGregor
Interim Head of Business Operations
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Gillian Rosenberg</strong><br /> Head of Clinical Research Groups at the National Cancer Research Institute

Gillian Rosenberg
Head of Clinical Research Groups (Maternity cover)
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Gillian joined the NCRI as Head of Research Groups in October 2019. Gillian provides leadership and strategic input into the activities of the NCRI’s Research Groups, ensuring a collaborative approach to clinical research endeavours.

Her team is responsible for delivery of all of the activities of the NCRI Research Groups, Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Research (CTRad) Working Group and the Cancer Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) Group. Gillian is also responsible for oversight of all patient involvement in NCRI activities via the NCRI Consumer Forum, and the setting up of the new NCRI Early Career Researcher Forum. Gillian is currently undertaking this role as maternity cover for Nicola Keats.

Prior to joining NCRI, Gillian has worked in a number of multidisciplinary and translational research roles including at RM Partners West London Cancer Alliance, in the Cancer Policy Research Centre at Cancer Research UK and at NHS Blood & Transplant. She completed her PhD in Chemical Biology of Health & Disease at Imperial College in 2009, investigating chemical solutions to biological problems.


Nicole Leida, National Cancer Research Institute Head of Conference and Events Nicole Leida
Head of Conference and Events
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Nicole joined NCRI in June 2015 as Head of Conference and Events. She provides leadership and direction for the strategic development of the NCRI Cancer Conference and other NCRI events while overseeing their operational delivery.

Nicole has a degree in PR and Advertising with an MA in Event Management and a postgraduate certificate in Business Finance and Management. After a brief spell as a graphic designer, Nicole worked as a marketing manager for a fashion company in her native Italy, near Milan.

When she moved to the UK, she worked as an event planner for the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and various other clients including well-known educational institutions and hospitality establishments. She then joined the Royal Society of Medicine, where she worked for over seven years and was responsible for leading and coordinating the strategic planning function and day-to-day operations of an event team of 30.

Nicole is a full member of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) and was elected joint-chair in 2014. In her spare time she practices and teaches Hatha Yoga and meditation.


Ian Lewis
Head of Strategy and Initiatives
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Ian took on the role of Head of Strategy and Initiatives in February 2018 (having previously been acting as NCRI’s Head of Clinical Research Groups, maternity cover, since December 2016). As Head of Strategy and Initiatives, Ian is responsible for implementing NCRI’s strategy and overseeing the strategic initiatives that enable NCRI to accelerate cancer research. His team work to engage with NCRI Partners, and other stakeholders; providing strategic support, data and intelligence.

Prior to joining the NCRI Ian worked at Tenovus Cancer Care as the Director of Research and Policy. He completed his PhD in 2005 at Cardiff University studying the mechanisms that some breast cancers use to become resistant to common drug treatments.