The Greater Manchester Cancer programme is supported by a small and committed team of professionals.

David Shackley – Medical Director

H14090404_dsc_3841_pp[1]Mr David Shackley qualified in 1992 from Manchester University and originally comes from Oldham. He has been a consultant urological surgeon at Salford Royal Foundation Trust since 2005. His main interests are renal cancer, medical education and increasingly healthcare management.

He is currently the Medical Director of Greater Manchester Cancer and also the Clinical Lead at MAHSC (Manchester Academic health Science Centre) for cancer.

He also has an active role in trust level Quality Improvement projects and sits on the HAELO board (Salford’s Health and Improvement Centre). He is a member of the National Urological Training Committee (SAC). He holds a senior lecturer position at Salford University.

He has previously been the Chair of the Surgical Division/ Associate Medical Director at Salford Royal (2010-2013) and the Chair of the Regional Urological Training Committee, Programme Director and Career Lead for North West Urology (2007-10). Between 2006 and 2010 he was also the Assistant National Director of Education for BAUS (British Association of Urological Surgeons).

Pathway Board Team

James Leighton – Senior Pathway Manager

12219James qualified as a Radiographer in 1983 and worked in a number of hospitals in Greater Manchester and once in West Yorkshire.

James spent the majority of his career working within Radiology at what is now Salford Royal. His last post was a joint one with the University of Salford as clinical tutor on the undergraduate radiography programme. He has also served on the Council of the Society and College of Radiographers including a year as President.

In 1999 left clinical radiography began a career working in strategic and change management, working on a number of large scale projects within Lancashire, South Cumbria as well as across Greater Manchester.

Claire O’Rourke – Pathway Manager

corClaire has joined the Greater Manchester Cancer team as a Pathway Board Manager with responsibility for Head and Neck, Living with and Beyond Cancer, Lung, Palliative Care and Teenagers and Young Adults Boards as well as the Psychological Support Group.

Claire has been working as a cancer professional for 15 years and has a wealth of clinical and senior management experience. She started as an Oncology Nurse at the Christie in 2002 and has most recently managed surgical and trauma services at Salford Royal where she gained extensive experience in cancer strategy planning and service redesign in acute services. Claire is passionate about cancer care and ensuring patients receive excellent care and treatment, most importantly that patients are provided with psychological support throughout their cancer journey and beyond.

Rebecca Price – Pathway Manager

rpBecca is a Pathway Manager for five Greater Manchester Cancer Pathway Boards: Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary, Sarcoma, Skin, Acute Oncology, and Brain and Central Nervous system.

Prior to joining the team, she obtained a degree in Advertising and Business and has worked in multiple cancer services-based roles within Greater Manchester, as well as working for both the medical technology and implementation divisions at NICE.

Michelle Leach – Pathway Manager


Michelle became a Pathway Board Manager in July 2017 for Colorectal, Gynaecology, Haematology, Sarcoma and Psychological Support & mental Health pathway Boards.  Michelle was previously one of the Macmillan User Involvement Managers within the Team supporting the development and implementation of Greater Manchester Cancer’s user involvement and patient experience work programme.

Michelle was previously a Project Manager for Haelo planning and managing improvement projects within healthcare including 2 collaboratives at Leeds Teaching Hospitals one for the deteriorating patient and the other to reduce inpatient falls, Salford Integrated Care Programme for older people, NHS QUEST collaboratives, the MAHSC IS4Ac programme which was delivered by Haelo and as part of the National QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) Safe care Programme.

Michelle has worked in the NHS for over 15 years at a number of organisations including Morecambe Bay, Pennine Acute and East and North Herts NHS Trust.

In 2013 Michelle was an IHI (Institute for Health Care Improvement) Blue Shirt at the 25th Symposium in Orlando and her long term goals are to keep striving for healthcare improvement.

Jane Ashworth – Pathway Board Team Administrator

12263Jane is the senior administrator for Greater Manchester Cancer.  Prior to joining the team she worked as a medical secretary for 8 years in the private healthcare sector during which time she spent 2 years living in Singapore with her family.

Her interests include netball and running.  She has completed marathons in both Singapore and Manchester and likes to keep in training and marathon ready!

Living With and Beyond Cancer 

Lindsey Wilby – Macmillan Project Manager

LindseyLindsey is the Macmillan Project Manager for Living with and Beyond Cancer. She is responsible for ensuring that survivorship issues are considered across all of Greater Manchester Cancer’s tumour site-specific and cross-cutting pathways.

Having graduated with Master’s degrees in both Psychology and Publishing, Lindsey worked for Oxford University Press and Blackwell Publishing before moving into healthcare in 2002. She spent four years investigating serious complaints against the NHS at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and the Healthcare Commission. From 2006-2014 Lindsey worked in various roles at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), initially as Project Manager for Topic Selection and most recently as Programme Manager for the Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme.

Macmillan User Involvement Team

Sarah Haworth – Macmillan User Involvement Programme Manager

Sarah photoSarah joined the Team in September 2017 as the User Involvement Programme Manager. She has a background in health and social care services.  For the past 13 years, she’s worked in the NHS, managing a range of services, in both hospital and community settings and also a Clinical Commissioning Group.

Sarah’s NHS career started out in User Involvement 16 years ago in the Cancer Network.  Being a cancer patient herself led her to working in the NHS, and whilst she moved on to management roles, her driver and motivation has always been to improve services for patients.  Sarah hopes to now bring to the Programme her personal passion and drive for user involvement, together with the professional skills and knowledge she has developed within the NHS.  Sarah thinks there are amazing opportunities in Greater Manchester for users to make a huge difference.  She’s very excited to be with the Macmillan User Involvement Team and Service User Representatives working together to improve cancer services.

Lucie Francis – Macmillan User Involvement Team Lead

lucie-francis-photoLucie Francis is the Macmillan User Involvement Team Lead and joined the team in August 2015.

Lucie has worked in the voluntary sector for nearly 10 years working to support and advocate on behalf of people in vulnerable situations through the development and delivery of both local and national campaigns.

Most recently Lucie held a regional Stakeholder Relations role at Alzheimer’s Society where, working alongside people with dementia, she delivered engagement events with politicians and key health and social care stakeholders to emphasise the need for dementia to remain high on the agenda. Lucie graduated last year with an MA in Human Rights and Ethics focusing on the place of Human Rights in Dementia Care.

Mel Atack – Macmillan User Involvement Manager

DSC_0694New to join the Macmillan User Involvement Team in July 2017 is Mel Atack.  Mel has recently started the role of Greater Manchester Cancer User Involvement Manager and she is very much looking forward to working with people affected by cancer to help shape changes to cancer services.  She feels it is very important to have a real understanding of what the experience is like for the people using the services as these people are the experts and can tell us how things can work better.

Before moving to Greater Manchester Cancer, Mel worked on the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) programme of work as a User Involvement Facilitator. Prior to this, she worked in the city of Salford for seven years.  All of Mel’s work has been community based allowing Mel to work with members of the public to ensure that they have an awareness of health services and also to encourage their views and experiences to be shared.

Away from work, Mel likes to be opened minded and has a keen interest to explore new things.  She doesn’t have a particular interest but loves to give everything a go.  Whether it’s going to the theatre, the cinema, ice skating or a new restaurant – the list goes on!

Paula Daley – Macmillan User Involvement Manager

paula-daley-photoPaula joined the team in August 2016 as a User Involvement Manager and has focussed most of her time on user involvement for the Vanguard Innovation projects to ensure that people affected by cancer are able to have a voice in the delivery of the workstreams and projects.

Paula has joined the team with 30years experience in Adult Social Care, including, in recent years, leading on developing a system for Quality assuring external care providers for a North West Local Authority.  She has also worked for private and voluntary sector social care organisations delivering training and consultancy, managed care and support teams and, in a regional role for KeyRing Living Support Networks, established new supported living models for adults with Learning Disabilities in the North West.

As a lifelong strong advocate for high quality care and support in all health and social care provision, Paula is inspired by the exceptional achievements so far of Macmillan and Greater Manchester Cancer in achieving co-production with people affected by cancer to such a high standard and is excited to be able to contribute to  the future of the team.

Natasha Smith – Macmillan User Involvement Manager

Natasha Smith photoNatasha joined the Macmillan User Involvement Team in June 2017 as a User Involvement Manager for Greater Manchester Cancer. Natasha comes to the Team with 25 years’ experience in the NHS ranging from work in an acute hospital setting to service user involvement project management in Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services.  Natasha has been an advocate for service user involvement for the past 15 years and is always inspired by the great work that people involved do to improve the patient experience.  Natasha is new to the cancer treatment world and is very much looking forward to working with the patients affected by cancer alongside the rest of the Team.

Natasha lives on the Wirral and has two grown up children James and Rebecca. When she’s not at work, Natasha enjoys going to the gym to keep fit and healthy, and loves live music and musical theatre.

Wendy Chapman – Macmillan User Involvement Support Officer


Wendy graduated from Edinburgh University in 1998 and subsequently lived and worked in Japan and Turkey.  In 2003, she qualified as a primary teacher and has spent the last 9 years teaching at a local primary school where she had responsibility for leading science.  She received an IMPACT award from the National Science Centre and was passionate about promoting the teaching of practical and investigative science in the classroom.

In 2015, Wendy participated in user involvement opportunities to assist in improving cancer services.  She joined the team as a support officer in August 2016, and is keen to see the user involvement programme develop by supporting, encouraging and facilitating the use of patient experience within the work of Greater Manchester Cancer.