Peter Hollins, Chair of CLIC Sargent, said: “I’m delighted that Kate has joined CLIC Sargent as our new Chief Executive.
"CLIC Sargent has an ambitious new 10 year strategy to reach and support every child and young person with cancer and their family who needs us, and Kate has the skills and experience to help us realise those ambitions.
"She has a proven track record in leadership at regional, UK and international charities and has worked in partnership with the NHS, national and local government as well as other charities.
“On behalf of all our trustees I would like to thank our outgoing Chief Executive, Lorraine Clifton, for leading the transformation of CLIC Sargent since joining the charity in August 2009.
"We are helping more families than ever before, made possible by the increase in income of some 40% to £25m which has been achieved under her leadership. She is leaving a fantastic legacy for her successor to build on.”
Kate Lee said: “I’m very excited about the challenge ahead. CLIC Sargent plays a vital role helping children and young people with cancer, and their families, to cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment on the young cancer patient and the whole family.
"The charity can currently only provide two out of three young cancer patients with the support they need, and CLIC Sargent’s new strategy sets out how it will grow so that it can reach and support all those who need its vital services.
"I’m looking forward to working with the staff, volunteers and supporters to make that ambition a reality.”
Kate Lee was previously Chief Executive of Myton Hospice Group, a charity that provides specialist palliative care services across Coventry and Warwickshire, joining in December 2010.
Prior to that she held board-level positions at British Red Cross as Director of UK Operations and then Director of Strategy. She is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and is passionate about the role and development of the third sector.
Kate is also a member of ACEVO’s ImpACT Coalition Steering group and a trustee of young people’s breast cancer charity CoppaFeel.