NCRI are pleased to announce that Richard Stephens – Former Chair of the NCRI Consumer Forum and winner of an Outstanding Contribution to the NCRI Award in 2019 – will be returning to take over from Emma Kinloch, who is today standing down as Consumer Lead, for the next few months, working closely with our Consumer Trustee, Cameron Millar.

After much involvement with the NCRI, Emma took on the role of Consumer Lead in April 2019, and has been involved in the continued development and success of the NCRI Consumer Forum.

As well as assisting the NCRI in embedding consumer involvement across all of our work, Emma was present throughout Covid-19, helping us in navigating the virtual world of working, and ensuring that all Consumer Forum members felt supported and involved. During this challenging period, the Consumer Forum’s work with the UK Covid Cancer Monitoring Project around the priorities for cancer patients with respect to covid and cancer is recognised as changing oncology practice globally, giving cancer clinicians across the world the confidence to continue with cancer care during the pandemic.

Emma has been a huge advocate for the NCRI Consumer Forum, and we are pleased that she has been able to spread the word on the fantastic work that we do across the UK and beyond. This has been rightly recognised: at the 1st International Workshop on Patient and Public Involvement in Cancer Research, hosted by the Laboratoire des Patients in Lausanne, the NCRI Consumer Forum won second Prize in the world for their poster.

As Emma’s tenure comes to an end, I’m sure you’ll join us all in thanking her for her passion and contribution to the NCRI and to our Forum, and wishing her all the best in her future endeavours. We are pleased to say that Emma will still be involved with the NCRI – she is staying on as co-chair of the salivary gland cancer working group, part of the Head & Neck Group.

Fiona (NCRI Chair) and Cameron (NCRI Consumer Trustee)