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Meet the Team

Nikki Morris

Nikki Morris - CEO Age UK Camden

Forum Chair 

Nikki Morris is the CEO of Age UK Camden and a member of the RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum Committee. She has previously worked for many years as an oncology specialist nurse and is passionate to promote the role of nursing and research in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. She is a qualified executive coach.

Pam Hoyes

Pamela Hoyles RGN. BSc (Hons) 

Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist, Hull & East Yorkshire Breast Care Unit

Pam has worked as a Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist for fifteen years at the Hull & East Yorkshire Breast Care Unit, co-leading a team of breast care nurses. Her previous clinical experience involved multi - speciality surgery including oncological surgery and palliative care in the NHS and the private sector. Whilst working in the private sector, Pam held the position of Clinical Effectiveness Manager which fulfilled her passions for high quality patient care along with professional and practice development. In 2010 she achieved a first class honours BSc degree in Nursing Practice with the RCN & Open University.  Pam's current projects include developing electronic nursing records, digital intelligence and improving services for patients with secondary breast cancer. 

Janyne Afseth

Janyne Afseth - MScN, PGcertHE, BScN, RGN, SFHEA

Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University

Janyne Afseth is a lecturer and programme leader at Edinburgh Napier University in the School of Health and Social Care. She has over 15 years experience working in oncology as a nurse and manager with her most recent NHS post as lead CRUK nurse for Edinburgh Cancer Centre and Cancer Research Network Manager for the South East of Scotland.  In 2011 she moved to Napier and as well her teaching role she is undertaking research in the area of holistic needs assessment and supportive care in cancer.

Nicola Beech

Dr Nicola Beech R.N., BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPrac, Onc cert.

Nicola Beech is Improvement Manager for Cancer, NHSI South Region.  She has over 25 years’ experience in oncology nursing, education and research, gained in acute and community NHS, voluntary and higher education services.  Nicola’s current role involves supporting acute Trusts to review their cancer services including an emphasis on diagnostic pathways.  Nicola will codesign and provide a programme of improvement support to Trusts. She represents cancer nursing at professional steering groups, including the Royal College of Nursing Breast and Cancer Care Forum Steering Committee, Cancer Research UK Clinical Advisory Group and the Independent National Cancer Advisory Group.

Vanessa Taylor

Dr Vanessa Taylor RGN, EdD, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Cancer Nursing), PGCE, BSc, DPSN

Dr Vanessa Taylor moved into higher education with a commitment to educate pre and post-registration health professionals about cancer, palliative and end of life care. Vanessa’s activities and published work focus on: cancer, palliative and end of life care and education; evaluation of education and its impact on workforce development and clinical practice. As Chair of Steering Group/Lead Author for the RCN Career and Education Framework for Cancer Nursing and Chair of Steering Group/Lead Author HEE (Yorkshire and the Humber) End of Life Care Learning Outcomes, Vanessa has published unique resources that distinguish levels of knowledge, skills and practice for the workforce delivering care in these fields. These resources have informed policy through membership of RCN Breast and Cancer Steering Group and HEE/Skills for Health Working Group for national end of life care learning outcomes.

Lesley Boast

Lesley Boast RGN

Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist

Lesley has worked as a Macmillan breast CNS for 19 years, initially within the NHS, but for the past six years within the independent private sector. This is an area that is often under-represented within the breast service.

Her role has been setting up the CNS role and services within the private sector and was lead CNS in the NHS. Within the NHS her role also involved being QA nurse for the national breast screening service in the South East (East) service. Her nursing experience has included surgery, A/E and palliative care, working at the local hospice and the home team under the Marie Curie nursing service. She has also worked within oncology in a chemotherapy unit and in-patient radiotherapy.

In 2002 she obtained her BSC in Cancer Nursing and in 2018 achieved her MSc in Advanced and Specialist HealthCare. Lesley is passionate about her role as a CNS supporting patients and their families and has been instrumental in setting up Macmillan support groups within the service to patients with cancer in the local area.


Professional Lead: To be confirmed

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