Action Radiotherapy Champions Network Steering Group

ARCNet Steering Group

The ARCNet steering group contributed to the formation of ARCNet in January 2018. A common shared goal was established to help the radiotherapy community share success stories, tackle issues and raise awareness of best practice in radiotherapy. If you would like to contact one of our ARCNet steering group members, please email

Chair of ARCNet

Catherine Mercer

Partnership Liaison – ICON Group
Pre-Treatment Radiographer
Kent Oncology Centre

Catherine qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 1997 and commenced her career in cancer care at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London. Catherine also worked at the London Regional Cancer Centre in Canada, a large public tertiary hospital committed to the latest technology and approaches to radiotherapy. Returning to the UK in 2001 Catherine started work at The Harley Street Clinic. She led the Pre-Treatment services and contributed to developing the Clinic’s first private satellite radiotherapy service within an NHS Trust. Catherine is a co-author in a number of international journals with a focus on image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and digital workflows and has completed post graduate study in Radiographer Led Breast and Palliative Planning and Consent. Catherine now works part time as a Pre-Treatment Radiographer and Dosimetrist at Kent Oncology Centre. In addition Catherine works in Partnership Liaison for Icon Group, Australia’s largest provider of cancer care with services in New Zealand, Singapore and China. In 2017 Icon became a Vanguard Partner of the Union for International Cancer Control and Founding Partner of the City Cancer Challenge 2025. Catherine manages this partnership and is passionate about improving access to world class cancer care internationally. She is passionate that patients receive the best cancer care available and strongly believes that likeminded peers working together can make a difference.

Steering Group Members

Neil Livingstone
Head of Radiotherapy
The London Clinic

Neil Livingstone is Head of Radiotherapy at The London Clinic. Originating from Australia, Neil brought his radiotherapy experience to the UK and has worked in London since 2002, during which time he has developed strong relationships with oncology consultants and specialists. Neil has vast experience of implementing pioneering radiotherapy treatments and driving innovation to ensure that The London Clinic keeps abreast of professional advancements in the field of radiotherapy. His day-to-day role includes providing clinical and managerial support to his staff, and he is committed to his team’s continuing education to facilitate professional development to retain our highly skilled, professional and caring team of radiographers. Neil has experience in gaining quality management accreditation. This ensures the radiotherapy department gets formal recognition of existing good practice and facilitation of action towards any improvements to make for the service.

Lynsey Rice

Research and Development Lead
The Harley St Clinic

Lynsey Rice studied radiotherapy at City University, London and qualified in 1996. She has worked in many London Hospitals both NHS and private in many different roles over the years. For the last 9 years, Lynsey has worked at The Harley Street Clinic in London as the Research and Development Lead in radiotherapy. Her particular interests lie in the future developments in radiotherapy and ensuring the most up to date and latest technologies and techniques are being utilised to benefit patients and their treatment outcomes. Lynsey has extensive experience in project managing changes and improvements with the radiotherapy field and also the introduction of new techniques and technologies within the hospital. She has presented at international conferences on these experiences and the results gained and also won a private healthcare award for ‘Innovation in Care’. She is an advocate for embracing change and providing the best possible radiotherapy for patients in a safe and effective environment.

Claire Reynolds

Pre-Treatment Superintendent
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Salford

Since qualifying in 2001, Claire has gained extensive experience in treatment planning and treatment delivery in both NHS and private radiotherapy departments in the UK. She is currently the pre-treatment superintendent at the Salford satellite centre of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. With a special interest in breast cancer, she has been involved in the implementation of intra-operative radiotherapy from a trial innovation through to routine use. In this role she presented at the international TARGIT Academy and published in both a book and scientific papers. She also acted as an expert for the NICE consultation about the technology. Claire a keen runner who will be taking part in the Yorkshire marathon to fundraise for Action Radiotherapy. She has become involved with Action Radiotherapy as she is passionate about promoting radiotherapy and multidisciplinary working across radiotherapy departments.

Kim Meeking


Radiotherapy Research Advanced Practitioner
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Kim studied therapeutic radiography at the University of Portsmouth, qualifying in 2002. She gained 10 years experience in treatment and pre-treatment radiotherapy and has worked as radiotherapy research advanced practitioner since. In this role she is involved in the set up and delivery of radiotherapy clinical trials. This is a varied role involving technique development and implementation, quality assurance, team leadership, education, trial recruitment, as well as direct patient care. Through qualitative interviews Kim and her colleagues are exploring trial recruitment from patients’ perspectives. This has helped the team develop more patient-centred recruitment practices. Kim attained a Master’s degree in clinical research at the University of Southampton in 2017 via the NIHR/HEE clinical academic program. Her dissertation topic was an analysis of the use of Twitter by radiotherapy patients and healthcare professionals. Her commitment to raising the profile of radiotherapy research is strong, and Kim is keen to pursue a clinical academic career. Her research interests include utilizing digital communication, in particular social media, to improve patient experience and enhance learning and collaboration for healthcare professionals.

Caroline Eteen

Pre-treatment Team Leader
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust