Lord Crisp to Become Patron of Beating Bowel Cancer

Beating Bowel Cancer today announced the appointment of Lord Nigel Crisp, KCB, as charity patron. 


Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer says, “We are thrilled that Lord Crisp has accepted our invitation to become patron of Beating Bowel Cancer.  A former chief executive of the NHS and permanent secretary of the Department of Health, Lord Crisp led major reforms in the English health system. Lord Crisp is an eminent figure in the healthcare sector and held in high esteem by healthcare professionals and politicians alike. Lord Crisp’s patronage will be a tremendous asset to Beating Bowel Cancer and our mission to save lives from the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.”


Lord Crisp said, “I am very much looking forward to working with Beating Bowel Cancer. If diagnosed early, bowel cancer can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases, so I am extremely supportive of the work the charity does to raise awareness of symptoms and promote early diagnosis, as well as the support it provides to patients.”


Lord Crisp first joined the NHS in 1986, as General Manager for Learning Disabilities in East Berkshire. Over the next decade he became General Manager, and later Chief Executive of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals, and Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital, one of the largest academic medical centres in the country. In 1997 he became South Thames Regional Director of the NHS Executive, followed by London Regional Director, before being appointed in 2000 as chief executive of the NHS, the largest health organisation in the world, and permanent secretary of the Department of Health.


Since his retirement in 2006, Lord Crisp’s significant contribution to British and international healthcare has continued through his work as an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords. He became Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the New Years Honours list of 2003 and was awarded a peerage in 2006.


Lord Crisp, KCB, joins Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, KBE, Matt Dawson, MBE, and Dr Chris Steele, MBE, in the role of patron for Beating Bowel Cancer.


For further information or images please contact Kate Philipson, PR Manager, on 020 8973 0008 or email kate@beatingbowelcancer.org.

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Notes to editors


Beating Bowel Canceris a leading UK charity for bowel cancer patients, working to raise awareness of symptoms, promote early diagnosis and encourage open access to treatment choice for those affected by bowel cancer. Through our work we aim to save lives from this common cancer. For more information visit www.beatingbowelcancer.org.


Bowel canceris the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – claiming a life every 30 minutes - yet over 90% of bowel cancer cases can be successfully treated if diagnosed early.

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