News & updates

5 August 2022

Recruitment of our next Chief Executive

Moondance Cancer Initiative is delighted to have appointed Goodson Thomas to help us find our next Chief Executive. We look forward to opening our search in early September. For information before then, or to indicate your interest, please contact Ross O'Keefe at Goodson Thomas (

30 June 2022

Opportunity for new Chief Executive to lead Moondance Cancer Initiative

Moondance Cancer Initiative is looking for a new chief executive to lead its quest to make Wales a world leader in cancer survival.

The current chief executive, Dr Megan Mathias MBE, has led the start-up of the organisation since 2020, setting the organisational strategy and helping find, fund and fuel brilliant people and brave ideas to improve cancer outcomes in Wales. She moves onto a new senior leadership role in the civil service in September.

Under Dr Mathias’ leadership, Moondance Cancer Initiative has to date funded 18 active projects - including the expansion of the Rapid Diagnosis Centre in Swansea Bay, and the introduction of transnasal endoscopy. In June, the first Moondance Cancer Awards celebrated and spotlighted people across NHS Wales and its partners who have maintained and innovated cancer services despite the extraordinary circumstances of the last two years.

Geoff Graham, Chair of Moondance Cancer Initiative and Interim Chief Medical Officer at Nuffield Health, said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to put our debt of gratitude to Megan on record and wish her the best in her future endeavours. She has led Moondance at a crucial stage of our early life cycle, not just developing the foundations for our future success but demonstrating real impact with our project portfolio. We are delighted with Moondance’s first two years and are now firmly established as a credible, trusted partner to innovations in cancer care across Wales.

“A truly exciting opportunity now exists for a brilliant leader to take over Megan’s mantle, and work with partners across NHS Wales and beyond to make Wales a world leader in cancer survival. We are excited about the future and we are looking for a special individual driven by the desire to improve countless lives across the country. We are pleased Megan will play a part in that search, alongside myself and our Clinical Director, Jared Torkington.”

Dr Megan Mathias, Chief Executive of Moondance Cancer Initiative said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to lead Moondance Cancer Initiative. Moondance has a bold ambition to make Wales a world leader in cancer survival and my experience of the brilliant people across our team, board and partners leave me confident the organisation is well placed to help achieve it.”

A search for Dr Mathias’ replacement is underway and will be announced in due course.