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Mr Simon Oberst

Simon Oberst is Director of Quality and Accreditation, Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI).  He was until recently Director of Clinical Development, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre; and concurrently Chair of the Accreditation and Designation Board of the OECI.

Simon is a specialist in quality systems and organisational development in cancer.  After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge, he was a consultant with KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  After spells in industry and charities, he moved to being Director of Improving Cancer Services with the UK’s leading cancer patient charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

As Director of Clinical Development for the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre for 11 years, Simon Oberst was working with University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospital leaders to deliver a state of the art 25,000 M2 Cancer Research Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

As chair of the Accreditation Board of OECI since 2015 he has overseen the accreditation of over 50 of the leading Cancer Centres in Europe, as well as establishing consensus quality standards for cancer centres and networks.  He has been a key author on subjects such as: bridging research and clinical care – the comprehensive cancer centre.  As Director of Quality and Accreditation for OECI, he fosters OECI’s involvement with some of the EU Actions in cancer arising from Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and Horizon Europe, including CraNE, and Interact.  He is the co-PI of the EU Action – Comprehensive Cancer Infrastructures for the EU, CCI4EU.