David Cheesman, director of strategy

David Cheesman

David joined the charity in May 2023 with a particular focus on developing our support for the cancer strategy. He joins the Royal Free Charity from Royal Free London where he was director of strategy.

He was previously programme director for Guy’s & St Thomas’ (GSTT) Comprehensive Cancer Centre where he led on the establishment of two new cancer centres – the award winning £160m Cancer Centre at Guy’s (which opened in September 2016) and a second smaller centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital (in May 2017) in Sidcup.

He was subsequently appointed managing director of the South East London Cancer Alliance and established a collaborative model to deliver high quality cancer services across community, primary, and secondary care in south east London.