Meet the Team
Meet our Peninsula Cancer Alliance team who all work together to improve cancer services over Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Sunita Berry, Managing Director
Sunita Berry is the Managing Director of the Peninsula Cancer Alliance. She has worked in Networks since 2002, developing first the cardiac and then the stroke network across Avon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. She believes passionately that through developing coalitions and consensus it is possible to deliver broad health care gains for populations, and that networks are ideal vehicles for delivering large-scale change. A neuroscientist by training, she has previously worked for the BBC making documentaries on science and health issues. Sunita’s favourite place to visit is The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall as she can relax and look out over the cliffs at Mawgan Porth. She loves rowing and is attempting to fall into the rhythm of nature by learning more about gardening.
Sarah-Jane Davies, Peninsula Cancer Alliance Manager
Sarah-Jane Davies is our Alliance Manager overseeing the delivery of the alliance’s programme and managing the team. She is also the alliance’s innovation lead exploring and supporting implementation of new and emerging technology including artificial intelligence and the introduction of new diagnostic tests. Sarah-Jane has worked for the NHS in various improvement roles since 2012 and joined the Peninsula Cancer Alliance in 2017 as Programme Manager. Sarah-Jane enjoys the sense of job satisfaction from her role. In her spare time, she enjoys time with family and friends, sailing, and hiking along the South West Coast Path.
Mr John Renninson, Clinical Director
John Renninson is our Clinical Director at the Peninsula Cancer Alliance, he is a surgical specialist in gynaecological cancer treatment with a keen interest in research on the family history of cancers, ovarian cancer treatment and improving the uptake of cervical cancer screening to prevent cancers in the future. John also works on the implementation of new test for GPs to improve triage of suspected cancer patients, Reviews of pathways in cancer diagnosis and treatments and modernisation of cancer MDTs. John likes to relax by watching Exeter Chiefs play rugby and spends time with his Grandchildren. He is very lucky as his favourite place in Devon is on the top of the hill behind his house where there is a 360 degree panoramic view from the sea to the moors and into Somerset.
Dr Joe Mays, GP Lead for Prevention and Early Diagnosis
Joe Mays graduated from Bristol Medical School in 1998. Like many doctors of his generation he explored specialty training (in his case Orthopaedics) before seeing the light and moving to General Practice in 2005. Joe is now a 7 session GP Partner in Exmouth. In his other three sessions he is the GP Lead for Prevention and Early Diagnosis for the Peninsula Cancer Alliance, CRUK Alliance GP, and lead GP Clinical Commissioner for Cancer for Devon CCG. Joe has been working in clinical commissioning since before the Lansley reforms, completing a PGC in Leadership Development in Primary Care in 2012, and for the past three years has been working in cancer commissioning. Joe is a keen advocate of the role of GP in diagnosis in general, believing this to be a core pillar of satisfaction in the job, and especially interested in the role of the GP in cancer diagnosis.
Michelle Hale, Programme Manager
Michelle has recently joined the Alliance as Programme Manager for Rapid Diagnosis. Prior to joining the team she worked at the RD&E implementing an Electronic Patient Record System and at the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) supporting innovative programmes across the region. Before moving into the health sector she worked for a number of years in Higher Education including leading on projects at Exeter University and managing the Entrepreneurship Department at London Business School. In her spare time Michelle enjoys travelling to far flung places but this has been put on hold for the last couple of years for more local travels including recently completing the Two Moors Way, a 120 mile walk across Dartmoor and Exmoor.
Beth Kingshott, SSG Support Manager
Beth Kingshott supports the work programme and activities of the Peninsula Cancer Alliance by facilitating the continuation of the Site Specific Groups across the region. After graduating with a Law degree, Beth began working within private healthcare before joining the NHS in 2018. In her spare time Beth enjoys long hikes over Dartmoor with her dog, climbing and surfing. You may even find her on bake off one day!
Lisa Martin, Patient Engagement Lead
Lisa Martin joined the Peninsula Cancer Alliance last year and is our patient engagement lead. Her role involves helping to use the lived experience of cancer patients and people who have experienced cancer, to improve our service in the peninsula. She works with local charities, patient associations and patient bodies. Before joining us, Lisa was in the National Quality Surveillance Team for NHS England and used patient experience to drive quality with clinicians and Royal College of Physicians. Lisa enjoys seeing the value in her role, particularly when she can see that those around her want to understand the patient experience and use it to translate into changes for the better. In her spare time Lisa likes to surf and take part in gig rowing, hoping to one day make it over to the Isles of Scilly for the World Pilot Gig Championships.
Dave Perkins, Project Officer
Dave started his NHS career in Bristol back in 1993, after studying a Business (Economics) degree at the University of the West of England. His career started at Frenchay Hospital (now part of North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust) working with the plastics/burns surgeons and neurosurgeons in waiting list management and audit. Dave also worked at the former United Bristol Health Care Trust (UBHT) and a key area of work involved supporting the centralisation of specialist paediatrics at the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital. More recently Dave has been working at Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust within the cancer services division focusing on colorectal-anal and non-melanoma cancer audit. He enjoys working with multidisciplinary clinical teams. Dave enjoys playing golf (single handicap), swimming and cycling – he could just about manage 2/3rds of a triathlon!