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Ciarán joined Macmillan Cancer Support as Chief Executive in May 2007. Ciarán has a first class honours in biochemical engineering from University College, Dublin and a Masters Degree in international policy from George Washington University, Washington DC. He worked for ICI for eight years before joining Gemini Consulting, an international management consultancy firm. He has also served as Chairman of a major UK Housing Association.
Ciarán serves as a member of Cancer Outcomes Strategy Implementation Advisory Group, the National Stakeholder Forum of the NHS and is a member of the health and work network of the Responsibility Deal. Ciarán co-chairs the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative, sits on the board of the National Cancer Intelligence Network and is a trustee of The Liver Group and the Makaton Charity.
Chief Medical Officer, NHS Clinical Leader and Consultant Clinical Oncologist
Jane became Macmillan’s Chief Medical Officer in 1999 where she works two days a week. She is an NHS clinical leader, and a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and Hillingdon Hospital, where she has worked for the past 20 years. She retains a busy clinical role at both hospitals. She is a senior clinical lecturer at University College London and Visiting Professor in Cancer and Supportive Care at the Centre for Complexity Management at Hertfordshire University.
In her role at Macmillan, Jane has developed a medical service strategy, providing medical services advice at board and senior management level and maintaining the charity's links with the royal colleges, universities, the Department of Health and the NHS.
She has had a long term interest in consequences of cancer treatments. Her activity in this area includes chairing the Maher Committee for the Department of Health in 1995, leading the UK National Audit of Late Effects Pelvic Radiotherapy for the RCR in 2000 and most recently chairing the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative Consequences of Cancer treatments committee since 2008. She has written more than 100 published articles and is a National Clinical Advisor for Aftercare and Survivorship for NHS Improvement.
Professor Jessica Corner
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Jessica is responsible for the strategic development of Macmillan's services and for championing improvement in the quality cancer services across the UK. She is also Professor of Cancer and Palliative Care and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.
Her first professorial appointment was in 1996 as the first professor of cancer nursing in Europe at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. She is visiting Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and a member of the England Department of Health Lung Cancer Advisory Group. She has written over 80 papers for academic journals, three books and numerous chapters for edited texts.
She has a Bsc in Nursing at Chelsea College, London University, a PhD from King's College, London. She trained as a cancer nurse at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London in 1984-5. She is most well known for developing a new approach to managing the symptom of breathlessness in advanced lung cancer.
She was also the first nurse to be awarded the Nuffield Trust's prestigious Queen Elizabeth the Queen Fellowship in 2001 and has published a monograph entitled 'Between you and me: closing the gap between people and healthcare'.
Macmillan GP Adviser
Dr Rosie Loftus has been Macmillan’s Lead GP Adviser since 2003. In this role she co-ordinates the activity of the Macmillan primary care community and is a Primary Care Adviser to NHS improvement cancer survivorship. She was part of the Central Team of the Gold Standards Framework during 2004when still under the Macmillan umbrella, and also part of the Macmillan Support Programme for Primary Care Cancer Leads since appointment as GP Adviser.
Rosie trained at Birmingham University and has been a GP Principal in Kent since 1989. She worked as a Clinical Assistant at the Heart of Kent Hospice for a number of years. Rosie has been a Macmillan GP Facilitator and Primary Care Cancer Lead since 2001 and until recently chaired the primary care forum at Kent and Medway cancer network. She became Macmillan GP Adviser to the London, Anglia and South East Region in July 2002.
Director for England
Stephen Richards became Director for England in April 2011. He joined Macmillan Cancer Support in 1997 as a Nurse Consultant and from 2003 was Regional Director for London Anglia and South East England. Stephen has a first degree in political science and a masters degree in care, policy and management. He is also a Kings Fund and Smith and Nephew bursary award winner.
Stephen became a general and then mental health nurse in both the NHS and hospice sector following a career in banking. He was a Macmillan nurse and managed a range of Macmillan services while at Newham Healthcare NHS Trust.
Stephen’s particular interests are in developing services that improve equality of access and also in the scope of cancer care within the private independent sector.
Director for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Elspeth joined Macmillan as Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland in October 2005. She was previously Head of Economic Development at Edinburgh City Council, where her responsibilities included Edinburgh's Hogmanay, regeneration of the waterfront and planning economic strategies and scenarios to 2020.
Elspeth has worked in economic development and planning for most of her career, including spells as Head of Rural Operations at Scottish Enterprise and several roles at the Scottish Development Agency. She holds a PhD from Heriott Watt University in Edinburgh in assessing the role and impact of Government on the Highlands and Islands economy.
Director, Policy and Research
Mike is Macmillan’s first Director of Policy & Research. This directorate will help the charity become ever more successful in influencing our partners in Government and the NHS. This is key in these difficult economic times where evidence-based influencing is becoming more and more important.
Previously, Mike was Macmillan’s Head of Campaigns, Policy & Public Affairs where he led a multi-award winning team, which had successfully pushed for free prescriptions for cancer patients, for the new cancer drugs fund and to save cancer networks from the threat of abolition.
Mike's background includes over 20 years of professional public affairs work, and he joined Macmillan from the League Against Cruel Sports where he led the campaign against fox hunting. Mike has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA at the University of Hertfordshire.
Mike tweets for Macmillan at http://twitter.com/MikeHobday.
Duleep joined Macmillan in 2004 and has led the policy work on Macmillan’s campaigns on access to benefits, hospital travel and parking costs and free prescriptions. He has played a leading role in the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative in improving return to work provision for cancer patients.
Duleep worked in the voluntary sector for 19 years and has 13 years experience in policy and influencing work. He has worked at: the Department of Social Security; as a benefits adviser; managing the welfare rights service at Action for Blind People for six years; and led on social security and employment issues at the RNID policy team. He was, for several years, a co-author of the Child Poverty Action Group’s National Welfare Rights Handbook.