About Us

Guy’s Cancer Academy provides education and training on every aspect of cancer care.

Our multiprofessional team provides and facilitates online learning, masterclasses, conferences, preceptorship programmes, and university-accredited courses.


Dr Simon Hughes - Cancer Education and Training Lead

Simon has an active role in research and development (R&D). He led the Trust’s clinical oncology / radiotherapy R&D team for five years before stepping down to focus on his own research activity. He remains on the editorial panel for the British Journal of Urology International.

Simon is joint-lead for cancer education and training at King's Health Partners, having previously held lead roles at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

At the national level, Simon is the treasurer of the British Uro-oncology Group, a co-opted member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons: oncology section. He is a past president of the oncology section of the Royal Society of Medicine.


Dr Verna Lavender - Head of Guy’s Cancer Academy

Verna is a cancer nurse academic and researcher. She is also President of the UK Oncology Nursing Society. Prior to working at Guy's Cancer Academy, she worked as a Senior Lecturer in Cancer Care at Oxford Brookes University and was an Oxford Clinical Academic Fellow at the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Centre. In 2007, she worked as a Macmillan cancer education facilitator at the United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust.

She has a professional background in adult nursing, and worked at the University of Bath as a research scientist following her PhD in cell biology.


Bhav Radia - Head of the Learning Laboratory

Bhav leads the development and delivery of online and blended learning. Prior to joining the Academy, he worked for the central education team Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust, where he established an online learning function.

Courses developed by his team have been accessed internationally by over 30,000 healthcare professionals and have won several awards.

He is currently completing a part-time PhD at the University of Cambridge which is funded by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity and a Charter Scholarship from Homerton College.


Yvonne Francis - Faculty Development Lead

Yvonne has 25 years of nursing experience. Prior to joining the academy she was a Haemato-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist. As an Independent nurse prescriber, she routinely educated, monitored and prescribed SACT for her malignant haematology patients via her nurse led clinics.

She develops and delivers training to all staff involved in providing care for patients with cancer to increase the quality of cancer care and patient experience. Yvonne has participated in writing education materials for both patients and health care professionals and presented at international events. She has recently co-authored the RCN endorsed first national guidance for therapeutic venesections. 


Julie Bishop - Business Manager

Julie oversees the Academy’s finances, contracts and HR. She also provides administration support for all our events and courses.

Prior to joining the Academy, she was the Business Manager for the Cancer Programme at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust. Julie has worked for the Trust since June 2007, and within cancer specifically for the past 12 years.


Dr Kurithikah Thillai - Mind and Body Lead