Our client:

The Institute of Cancer Research is one of the world’s most influential cancer research organisations. Scientists and clinicians at the ICR work every day to make a real impact on cancer patients’ lives.


The challenge:

The RSA Group was appointed to find a Chief Information Officer for the ICR. The organisation was in need of a high calibre individual to play a key role in developing and driving a transformative ICT strategy. The individual would oversee the use of digital technologies in research for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer, and lead a wide range of programmes to deliver clear business improvements and benefits. It was essential that the appointee had substantial experience in leading an innovative ICT function, whilst also having experience in a research environment and the ability to motivate the existing team. The candidate also had to have a proven ability to influence senior-level management and key stakeholders.


How our approach made a difference:

The consultants began by conducting a global search, with a particular focus on Europe, primarily looking at research organisations, but also within the pharmaceutical industry. By identifying candidates with real research experience, as well as clear IT capabilities, RSA was able to create a shortlist of five very strong individuals. The appointee was a strong leader, with a sound understanding and extensive experience in shaping information technology strategy. He was able to make a smooth transition into the organisation and has since had a significant positive impact on the ICR’s ICT strategy.

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