The NCRI Head & Neck Group brings together clinicians, scientists and patients, carers and others affected by cancer (also known as ‘consumers’), amongst many others, to coordinate the development of a strategic portfolio of research within the field of head and neck cancer. The group works closely with clinical research networks, funders and researchers to develop research to improve outcomes for head and neck cancer patients.  

The NCRI Head & Neck Group consists of an executive group, chaired by Dr Martin Forsterwhich provides oversight of the research landscape and proactively identifies opportunities for the group. The NCRI Head & Neck Group also has several subgroups that develop research in areas of strategic need. Members are competitively recruited to the executive group and subgroups twice a year.  

Group Chair: Dr Martin Forster

Rachel Brooker, Clinical Oncologist, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Frances Doyle, NIHR Clinical Research Network – Leeds

Bernadette Foran, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Martin Forster, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Medical Oncology, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)

James Higginson, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, OMFS Specialty Trainee, University of Birmingham

Timothy Humphrey, Senior MRC Group Leader, No affiliation

Jacqueline James, Clinical Senior Lecturer & Consultant in Pathology, Queen’s University Belfast

Emma King, CRUK Senior Lecturer in Head & Neck Surgery, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust – Princess Anne Hospital

Emma Kinloch, Consumer Lead, National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)

Anthony Kong, Honorary NHS Consultant in Clinical Oncology, King’s College London (KCL)

Matt Lechner, University College London (UCL)

Barry Main, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, University of Bristol

Jim McCaul, Oral & Maxillofacial/Head & Neck Surgeon, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Robert Metcalf, Consultant in Medical Oncology, Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Paul Nankivell, Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Kate Newbold, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Ioanna Nixon, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre

Nachiappan Palaniappan, Consultant Clinical Oncology, Velindre NHS Trust

Kieran Prior, Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

Max Robinson, Honorary Consultant in Oral Pathology/Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University

Joseph Sacco, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology, University of Liverpool

Andrew Schache, Clinical Senior Lecturer (Head & Neck) & Honorary Consultant OMFS Surgeon, University of Liverpool

Stefano Schipani, Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology, University of Glasgow

David Thomson, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Jon Wadsley, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Stuart Winter, Consultant Otohinolarynhologist, Head & Neck Surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Wai Lup Wong, Consultant radiologist (nuclear medicine), Mount Vernon Cancer Centre

Christina Yap, Professor of Clinical Trials Biostatistics, Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)