Congratulations to Dr Kathryn Scott,

our new Chief Executive


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Kathryn Scott as our new Chief Executive. Kathryn joined the charity in 2008 and has led on research funding, most recently in the position of Director of Research and Innovation. After achieving a degree and PhD from the University of Manchester, Kathryn spent a decade working in cancer research in universities across Yorkshire. By working alongside leading researchers, she saw how working collaboratively could speed progress and bring about direct benefits for cancer patients.

Kathryn said: “I’m extremely pleased to have been given the opportunity to drive the charity forward and continue the progress we have already made in ensuring the work we fund has the best possible impact on the people of Yorkshire.”

Recruitment for a new Director of Research & Services is ongoing.

Welcome to Andy Wilson,

our new Research Engagement Manager

We are pleased to introduce our new Research Engagement Manager, Andy Wilson, who will lead on communicating with people and patients in Yorkshire about our funded work. Andy will be organising engagement events and playing a significant role in organising our Life with Cancer 2017 patient event, which takes place in November.

A proud Yorkshire man, Andy was raised in Leeds and went to school in Wakefield. He has a degree in town planning but decided it wasn’t the right career and took a Masters degree in recreation management which led to early roles in sports development and tourism.  

In 2005 he joined Cancer Research UK as an event organiser and five years later was promoted to become the Research Engagement Manager for the CRUK Leeds Centre. For around 18 months he also covered engagement at the Sheffield Cancer Research Centre, a project in which CRUK and Yorkshire Cancer Research were joint partners and where he first met several members of Yorkshire Cancer Research staff. He is delighted to now be working with them again as part of the Yorkshire Cancer Research team.

Welcome to our new

Research and Data Interns

We’re pleased to welcome George Atherden, our Research and Innovation Intern, and Rachel Dale, our Data and Information Intern. They’ll both be working with the Research and Innovation team for a year, having opted for a Year in Industry during their degrees at the University of Leeds.

This free event hosted by Yorkshire Cancer Research is a day for people across Yorkshire affected by cancer. Patients, their carers and supporters are invited to join us at Harrogate Convention Centre for a day of advice and information to help attendees live better with and beyond cancer.  

The programme includes:

  • The chance to find out about local support groups and support services across Yorkshire.
  • Short talks from cancer experts including researchers, healthcare professionals and those delivering cancer services.
  • A chance to ask questions of the experts.
  • Sharing experiences in discussions of issues that affect cancer patients, their carers and supporters.
  • Participation in practical sessions to aid your wellbeing – giving attendees skills to use in the future.

Registration is essential. To secure your place complete our online registration form at Places are limited and registration closes at midnight on 8 November 2017.

The 2017 Funding Round

This year’s call opened on 7 April and closed on 15 June, inviting applications in three areas:

1) Living with and beyond cancer

2) Early diagnosis

3) Clinical trials

Applications which passed through the Strategic Fit Test are continuing through the Excellence Test. Final funding decisions will be made by our Board of Trustees in December. We look forward to notifying you at the end of the year about our new awards!

Community Health Initiative Update

Wise Up To Cancer Pilot

We are currently delivering a Wise Up To Cancer pilot which aims to encourage prevention and early diagnosis of cancer using a health check. The check encourages people to have a healthy lifestyle, be aware of cancer signs and symptoms and take up cancer screening. The programme is being delivered in West Leeds communities and Wakefield district pharmacies by cancer champions. The pilot is being evaluated by Leeds Beckett University to assess the effectiveness of the health checks and how the programme can be improved.

Move More Workplace Challenge

We have been working in partnership with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield to deliver a workplace physical activity challenge, as part of the city's Move More initiative. The challenge took place in June and aimed to increase physical activity in the workplace and reinforce the link between cancer risk reduction and physical activity.

Leeds Rhinos Cancer and Exercise Rehabilitation Programme

We are working in partnership with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation to deliver a cancer and exercise rehabilitation programme in Leeds. The programme offers a combination of education and practical sessions to support patients with increasing their physical activity and wellbeing. The first of four 12-week programmes has now been completed.

Future Work 

We are also developing Community Health initiatives which will be delivered in 2018. These include rolling out the Wise Up To Cancer pilot to help women with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in Bradford. This project will be funded by an award from the government's Tampon Tax Fund. Wise Up to Cancer will also be introduced in GP surgeries in Wakefield.

Changes for Award Holders

Annual Reports no longer required

Because we have implemented Key Performance Indicator (KPI) meetings for all awards made from 2015, we will no longer be requiring Annual Reports from award holders. Awards made before 2015 will still require an end of award report and you will be contacted about the deadline for your report as the end of your award approaches. Moving forward, metrics that were previously requested in the Annual Reports will now be incorporated into KPI reports, which will be required before the start of each award, at 6 months and annually thereafter for the duration of the award.

Please feel free to get in touch at if you have any queries about this change.

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