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Chris Cumberland

Public Governor


My current role

I was elected as a Public Governor in July 2023 for a three year term.

CUH has always supported my family from birth to broken bones and other ailments. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2022 and after six months of treatment, I am now in remission.

Having recently retired, I wish to repay CUH for the kind care and treatment we have received over the years. As a governor, I would like to help the hospitals improve its services using my experiences.

The hospitals are continually expanding, renewing and refurbishing to meet current and future needs. My construction skills and background knowledge would be valuable in the development of the new Cancer research Hospital and Children’s Hospital.

Previous history

My career spanned 25 years in the pharma and biotech sector, mostly supporting drug discovery with IT and informatics. From 2010-2016 I worked for Monitor (now NHS Improvement), leading the internal knowledge and information management department. I hold a BA and D.Phil in Chemistry.

These experiences together with the excellent care I received as a cancer patient at Addenbrooke’s motivated me to get more closely involved with healthcare delivery at my local hospital.

Over the 30 years of my career in Cambridge, as a Chartered Structural Engineer, I have been involved with the design and repair of a number of buildings on the CUH campus. This has given me an insight to the fabric of the hospital and an appreciation of the buildings’ strengths and limitations.

Personal interests:

Walking, travelling, gardening, casting aluminium, woodwork / wood turning and reading.