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Wales' leading cancer doctor joins Tenovus Cancer Care

Richard And Malcom

We are delighted to announce that Professor Malcolm Mason OBE is our new Chair of Trustees.

Prof Mason replaces Richard Sims, who steps down after nine years with the charity, including the last six as its current Chair of Trustees.

Tenovus Cancer Care chief executive Claudia McVie said: “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Richard, who has guided us with care, compassion, generosity and wisdom, and we will miss him.

“But we are absolutely delighted to welcome Professor Malcolm Mason OBE on board. He is widely regarded as the most distinguished cancer doctor in Wales and we are lucky to have him as the new Chair of Tenovus Cancer Care.”

Prof Mason specialises in the management of urological cancers and was the Chairman of the UK National Cancer Research Institute’s Prostate Cancer Clinical Studies Group from 2009 to 2015.

He is an experienced clinical researcher with more than 350 publications in his field. He was the Director of the Wales Cancer Bank from 2003 to 2016 and Chairs the UK TNM Committee for the International Union for Cancer Control.

He was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to the NHS and cancer research.

Prof Mason commented: “Patients are at the heart of everything Tenovus Cancer Care does and it is an immense privilege to be offered the chance to contribute to the charity’s work.

“Tenovus Cancer Care has shown itself to be incredibly flexible and alert to innovation and it should continue to do this, while also giving itself enough organisational stability to focus on the tasks at hand.

“There is also, regrettably, a need to keep cancer high on the agenda. There are many other health problems in Wales and they all need attention and support, but not at the expense of cancer research and care. Tenovus has such an important role to play in all of this.”

Out-going Chair of Trustees Richards Sims said his time with the charity had been a “greatly rewarding” experience.

Mr Sims commented: “Tenovus Cancer Care is a very complex organisation, operating in an area where the demand keeps growing every year and pressures on fundraising are greater each year.

“I have really enjoyed working with a motivated and committed team of management, staff, volunteers and Trustees who each year have helped reach more people who need our services.

“It’s been fantastic to have played a small part in the team that continues to grow the charity.”