Dr Stuart Griffiths has taken over the position from Dr Kathryn Scott, who was appointed Chief Executive of the charity in June 2017.
Stuart joins the charity from previous roles as Assistant Director of Research and Strategy at Breast Cancer Now and Head of Strategy and Initiatives at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI).
The death of a cousin when he was young inspired Stuart to pursue a career in the field of cancer research. He moved south from Liverpool to complete a PhD at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute before moving into research management at Prostate Cancer UK.
As Acting Director of Research at Breast Cancer Campaign, Stuart led the publication of the charity’s landmark Gap Analysis 2013 – a review of the gaps in breast cancer research and the development of a research centred vision, strategy and action plan to tackle the gaps.
When Breast Cancer Campaign merged with Breakthrough Breast Cancer to create Breast Cancer Now, Stuart worked with the Leadership Team and Trustees to develop the new charity’s strategy. This included working across the charity to deliver a large patient insight project, the Big Breast Cancer Conversation, to ensure the patient voice was heard in the newly created charity.
More recently, Stuart took on the task of implementing the NCRI’s new strategy including overseeing the organisation’s patient-focused ‘Priority Setting Partnership’ to understand the questions that need to be answered by research in the area of ‘Living with and Beyond Cancer.’
During the last five years Yorkshire Cancer Research has undergone a major transformation from a traditional grant-giving research charity into an innovative patient-focused organisation. The charity is dedicated to improving the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of cancer in Yorkshire, where incidence and mortality rates are higher than the national average.
I’m delighted to be joining a patient-centred charity with an ambitious and exciting strategy. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to make a real difference for the people of Yorkshire.
Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said:
Stuart brings a breadth of skills and experience to the charity which will be vital in helping us continue to make progress in our goal to save more lives in Yorkshire.
Our new strategy is already having an impact on cancer outcomes in Yorkshire. We now support an extensive portfolio of research projects in areas such as early diagnosis, clinical trials, palliative care, rehabilitation and reducing the recurrence of cancer.
We’ve also made great strides in raising awareness of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyles, improving knowledge of signs and symptoms and promoting participation in screening. We are very grateful to the people of Yorkshire who make our research possible, and we hope they continue to support the charity as it enters an exciting period of growth.