Educated at Cheltenham Ladies College (St Austins 1975-81). Trained in medicine at Guy’s Hospital Medical School – q1986. Completed PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK) working on cyclins and kinases.
Consultant in medical oncology Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. My main interest is in gynaecological cancers but my interest in clinical research occasionally takes me into different tumour types. I am PI of many clinical trials at MVCC in gynaecological cancers and Chief Investigator, nationally of the CeNtuRIOn, CoRINth, and RaNGO trials. I obtained a personal chair in translational oncology at Brunel University in 2018 where I continue in my collaborations to explore the role of circulating cancer-associated cells in cancers, mostly gynaecological.
I play a significant role in the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Gynaecological Cancer subgroups –and continue to participate in the Guideline Development Group for Ovarian Cancer convened under the umbrella of NICE. My professional aims are to care effectively for my patients with cancer, using evidence-based medicine where available and to offer appropriate research trials of drugs and/or techniques for those with no standard treatment options. I was Lead Clinician for Research and Development at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre from 2013 to 2021.
Outside of medicine (– if there is any outside!), I have a great interest in music, I have an ambition to take my grade 8 piano exam at some stage……I have become a very interested and committed gardener with a burgeoning vegetable plot and cutting flower patch. I really enjoy the satisfaction of bringing in the harvest and preparing meals with this when I have the time. I have three ‘almost’-grown up (will they ever) children – 2 making their own forays into the workplace and one who has just completed a degree in music at Durham University. She is now studying medicine at Nottingham…