The Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire (SWAG)  Cancer Alliance is funded by, and accountable to the National Cancer Programme within NHS England for the delivery of two key objectives:

  1. To plan for and lead delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions for cancer, ensuring variation in outcomes is addressed and that improvements are made across whole pathways from prevention and early detection through to treatment and support for people living with cancer; and,
  2. To provide oversight and coordination to support delivery of the constitutional waiting times standards for cancer.

Our footprint aligns with the four Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire Integrated Care Boards (ICBs)  as the delivery ‘arm’ for cancer.


We are hosted by NHS England South West.

Role and membership of the Cancer Alliance Board 

Our Board was established in 2017 to provide leadership and assurance in the delivery of the national cancer strategy, on behalf of the health and care system leadership in Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire.

All partner organisations in Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire are part of the SWAG Alliance and their interests are represented at the Cancer Alliance Board.

Board membership comprises patient representation along with clinical and executive leads representing geographic areas and sectors within the cancer pathway.

SWAG Cancer Alliance Board Members


Name Role
Victor Barley Patient and Public Voice Partner
Nigel Burton Patient and Public Voice Partner
Cara Charles-Banks Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Shane Devlin CEO, NHS Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB)
Sue Harriman CEO, NHS Bath, Swindon, and Wiltshire ICB
Dr Ulrike Harrower Consultant in Population Health and Public Health Medicine, NHS England (South West)
Jonathan Higman CEO, NHS Somerset ICB
Stacey Hunter CEO, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Mary Hutton CEO, NHS Gloucestershire ICB
Maria Kane CEO, North Bristol NHS Trust
Peter Lewis CEO, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Mark Pietroni Interim CEO, Gloucestershire NHS Trust
Dr Amelia Randle Clinical Lead for Community Settings of Care SWAG Cancer Alliance
Debi Reilly Health Education England
Dr Peter Wilson Medical Director, NHS England, South West
Dr Helen Winter Clinical Director, SWAG Cancer Alliance
Eugine Yafele CEO, University Hospitals Bristol, and Weston NHS Foundation Trust