The Manchester Cancer Research Centre's (MCRC) leadership team work to coordinate new initiatives ensuring that the overall research strategy is compatible with, and influences, the ambitions and strategies of our partners.

Professor Robert Bristow, Centre Director

Professor Robert Bristow joined University of Manchester as Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) in August 2017 with a remit to developing a new cancer strategy for Manchester with a cancer team science approach. His primary research interests are in tumour hypoxia, DNA damage signalling and repair in tumours, and the genomics of prostate cancer progression and cancer treatment response. He is particularly interested in novel clinical trials that intensify cancer therapy to prostate cancer patients whose tumours harbour aggressive genetic changes and hypoxic sub-regions.


Professor Nic Jones, Director of Strategic Operations

The inaugural Director of the MCRC between 2006 and 2017, Professor Nic Jones oversaw the development of the MCRC before handing over to Professor Robert Bristow in 2017. 

Nic now works as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, overseeing the redevelopment of the Paterson Building, which was devastated in April 2017 by a fire, which displaced researchers from the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute to the Alderley Park site in Cheshire.


Dr Claire Trinder, Director of Strategic Research and Operations

Claire joined the MCRC in April 2020 as the Director of Research Strategy and Operations where she leads the MCRC Strategic Team which helps to implement and deliver the MCRC's research strategy and achieving our vision of becoming a top five comprehensive cancer centre by 2025. Claire also oversees the MCRC’s major funding awards, including holding the role of Centre Manager for the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre, one of four CRUK ‘Major Centres’ across the UK.