Ioanna Fragkandrea Nixon


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Dr Ioanna Nixon is a Professor of Practice at Management Science Department, Business School, at Strathclyde University, a Senior NHS Consultant Oncologist, and an exeutive coach. She specialises in the treatment of sarcomas, Head and Neck cancers, clinical leadership, and clinical innovations. She holds National and International leadership roles in oncology and research, including as Clinical Director for Oncology Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the biggest Healthcare Board in Europe, and Cancer Innovation Lead for West of Scotland. She has served as the Clinical Lead for the Scottish Sarcoma Network(2015-2021), the Regional Quality Improvement and Safety Lead, the Chair for the National Cancer Research Institute(NCRI) Head and Neck Epidemiology and Survivorship CSG and as a member of the New Drug Committee(SMC). She is also a Board member of the British Sarcoma Group(BSG), a member of the UK Experts Group for Sarcoma Service Specification (SAG) and  a member of the NCRI Sarcoma Clinical Study Group.  Dr Nixon is also Vice President at the Hellenic Society of social care and well-being for children and Teenager and Young Adults(TYA), promoting health and well- being in children and young people.

Ioanna holds developmental roles as an educational supervisor for junior doctors and specialty trainees in oncology and an appraiser for NHS Consultants. She is also an  academic mentor for PhD students and a  mentor in National Leadership Programmes, including the Scottish Improvement Leader’s programme by NES. 

She was awarded with a PhD in Radiotherapy in 2013(Kapodistriakon University, Athens, Greece), an MPH(Epidemiology, Liverpool University), holds a level 5 CMI Chartered Management and a level 5 in medical education. She is also an AoEC accredited executive coach(performance, leadership, career and resilience).  She facilitates workshops on compassion and resilience, including a BMJ Masterclass(2018) and drives the wellbeing agenda through the Quality Improvement Group.  

Ioanna works with cancer charities both formally as a Board Member for the Throat Cancer Foundation Trust, as well as informally supporting campaigns to promote patient care. She also works with patients and carers driving a patient-centered research agenda. She was president for the British Sarcoma Group Conference 2020 in Glasgow and facilitator for the RISE events on resilience for patients and carers in Scotland. 

In 2018 she was awarded  a Founding Fellowship of Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management(FMLM) for her leadership and contribution to patient-centered care and most recently an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Radiologists(FRCR) for her contribution to oncology specialty  at International Level. Her team has been finalists for the BMJ Awards Cancer Team of the Year 2020  and now finalists for the HSJ Partnership awards 2021. 

Ioanna is also finalist for the Scottish Women's Awards 2023 under "Service in Medicine" catergory. 

Outside medicine and academia, she is the founder of JackNDrBetty books, WEE LEADERS, and The Empower Clinic, initiatives aiming at supporting people prevent disease, and foster their wellbeing to live a long, healthy, purposeful life. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

AoEC Diploma in Executive Coaching (Performance, Leadership, Career), AoEC Diploma in Executive Coaching

Award Date: 21 Apr 2021

Scottish Quality Improvement Fellow(SQS): National Sarcoma MDT Improvement Project , Scottish Quality Improvement Fellow(SQS): National Sarcoma MDT Improvement Project , NES

Award Date: 19 Jul 2019

Post Grad Diploma in Medical Education: Level 5 by Edinburgh University , Level 5 in Medical Education, Edinburgh University

Award Date: 11 Jul 2017

Master of Public Health, MPH(Epidemiology): the prevalence of hypo fractionated radiotherapy in early breast cancer in a tertiary cancer centre in Greece. Disease outcomes and cost-effectiveness, Department of Health Sciences, Liverpool Hope University

Award Date: 7 Jul 2014

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD : Effects of Hypofractionated Radiotherapy in early breast cancer. , Kapodistriakon University

Award Date: 11 Sept 2013

Bachelor of Medicine, medical degree, Medical School, University of Ioannina, Greece

1 Sept 19966 Jun 2005

Award Date: 9 Jun 2005

External positions

Cancer Innovation Lead for West of Scotland , West of Scotland Innovation Hub

4 Jun 2022 → …

New Drug Committee Member, SMC

12 Jan 202012 Jan 2021

Regional Quality Improvement and Safety Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, South Setor

16 Jun 2019 → …

Board Member British Sarcoma Group

3 May 2019 → …

Vice President Hellenic Society Social Care and Well-Being for Children and Tea

10 Mar 2019 → …

UK Chair NCRI Head and Neck Epidemiology and Survivorship, National Cancer Institute for Research

2 Oct 201810 Jan 2021

Honorary clinical Senior Lecturer Glasgow University

5 Dec 2017 → …

Consultant Oncologist at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Center

17 Sept 2017 → …

Consultant Clinical Oncologist, The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Center

17 Sept 2017 → …

National Lead for Scottish Sarcoma Network, NSD

12 Sept 201630 Sept 2021

National Lead for Scottish Sarcoma Network, National Services Division (NSD)


Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Edinburgh Cancer Center


Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh


Senior Research Fellow, The Royal Marsden Hospital



  • cancer
  • quality improvement
  • health policy
  • sarcomas
  • medical leadership
  • leadership
  • health outcomes
  • change management
  • clinical leadership


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