Dr Roxane Heaton
Dr Roxane Heaton
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Macmillan Cancer Support

Roxane is CIO of Macmillan Cancer Support responsible for Technology, Digital and the future Data strategy. She has had public and private sector experience and joined Macmillan from Government Digital Service (GDS) where she was Director of Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Functional Strategy. Roxane has spent 4 years at Morrisons where she held roles from Head of Technology through to Digital and Innovation Director and was responsible for the leadership of the coherence across the customer and colleague digital journeys. She also led Innovation for the Group (from culture, new concepts to technical). Roxane has also been the Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the UK Hydrographic Office and served in the Royal Navy for 11 years.

Community, collaboration, doing what is right, with the right Technology and with the user at the heart are common themes across all her work and are central to everything she does at Macmillan. Roxane is a keen STEM Ambassador often involved in School events, University and national Digital and Women in Technology events aspiring to inspire future generations. She won the everywoman in Technology awards Woman of the Year in 2015, and was selected for the Northern Power Women Future List in 2018, and the TechWomen 100 in 2020. Roxane was named Digital Leader of the Year in 2019 and in 2022 she was named in the Queen’s Platinum Birthday Honours List to receive a British Empire Medal for Services to Digital Technology during COVID-19.

Roxane is a GB Age Group Duathlete and competes at World Championship level and has a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) specifically focused on how digital skills and inclusion can enhance social mobility, sustainability and UK prosperity. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and a Masters in Science across Defence Modelling and Simulation and an MBA.