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Dame Cally Palmer

Dame Cally Palmer

National Director of the NHS Cancer Programme and Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Cally Palmer is Chief Executive of the Royal Marsden and has held a dual role as National Cancer Director for NHS England since 2015. 

At the Royal Marsden she leads the work of a specialist cancer centre and serves as a Trustee of the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The Royal Marsden and ICR are currently ranked in the top 5 cancer centres globally for research impact.

As National Cancer Director, Cally is responsible for the development and implementation of the national strategy for cancer to improve survival and quality of life for all those affected by cancer. 

She holds an MSc in Management from the London Business School, which she gained with distinction in 1995, and is a member of the Institute of Health Services Management. She was awarded a CBE in 2008 for her contribution to the NHS and a DBE in 2020 for her contribution to cancer medicine.