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The Dame Ingrid Allen Lecture 2021 (SMDBS Annual Gender Equality Lecture)

"Gender, Cancer and Cancer Research UK: where are we on the road to gender equality?"

We are delighted to welcome Michelle Mitchell OBE, CEO at Cancer Research UK as the Guest Speaker of our 2021 Dame Ingrid Allen Lecture.

Title: "Gender, Cancer and Cancer Research UK: where are we on the road to gender equality?"
Date: Friday 26 November 2021
Time: 12.30 pm - 1.45 pm
Location: Microsoft Teams



About our Distinguished Guest Speaker:

Michelle Mitchell OBE | CEO, Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

Michelle Mitchell OBE joined Cancer Research UK in November 2018. She is responsible for the overall leadership and management of CRUK, the world’s leading charitable funder of research.

Michelle is a senior voluntary sector leader who has transformed a number of not-for-profit organisations to better their purpose and global impact. She has a successful track record of delivering long term value, collaboration and innovation. She believes that by working together, and building the strongest possible team, we will beat cancer together.  She is a member of the National Cancer Board.

Before joining Cancer Research UK, Michelle was CEO of the MS Society for five years and a founding member of the Progressive MS Alliance: a global scientific and research joint venture and launched the STOP MS £100m appeal. Prior to that, she was Director General at Age UK, the UK’s largest older people’s charity where she worked for nearly a decade and was at the forefront of national debates on health, care and welfare.

Michelle has extensive non-executive experience, which has previously included NED at NHS England, which sets the priorities and direction for the NHS in England and a Trustee of the King’s Fund, a leading health policy think-tank.

Michelle has a BA in Economics, an MA in Politics and Public Administration and an International Executive Diploma from INSEAD.

Michelle was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to the charity sector.

About the Dame Ingrid Allen Lecture (SMDBS Annual Gender Equality Lecture):

This lecture is named after the late Professor Dame Ingrid Allen in recognition of her contribution to medical research and her profile as a role model to early career researchers. For more than 8 years, this lecture has been a key element of the School's Athena SWAN Award Programme.