New Chief Executive Kate Lee begins role at CLIC Sargent

Kate Lee has started her new role as Chief Executive at children and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent. 

Kate takes up the post from current Chief Executive, Lorraine Clifton, who is retiring on 4 December, after leading CLIC Sargent for more than six years. 

New Chief Executive Kate Lee begins role at CLIC Sargent

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.


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About Lorraine Clifton

Lorraine Clifton has been Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent since August 2009. During her leadership, income at the charity has risen by 40%, to £25m last year, enabling the charity to support more children and young people with cancer, and their families, than ever before and provide them with more of the support they need. 

Lorraine started her career at BP, spending 13 years working in a variety of IM&T, marketing and organisational development roles. She then moved to the NHS, as Chief Executive of three NHS Trusts in London and the South East over a period of another 13 years, before moving into charity leadership.

Lorraine is also a Trustee of SPEAR (a south-west London charity for the homeless). 

About cancer in children and young people

Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit 

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