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From April 2015, Lynda has taken on the role of Chief Executive Officer.
Lynda has worked in communications for 20 years, starting in consumer PR, then moved into communications and marketing at NCH Action for Children and the NSPCC.
She joined Macmillan in 2001 as Head of Media, in a job share. Lynda developed Macmillan’s campaigning arm, created its Internal Affairs team and was promoted to Board level as Director of External Affairs in 2007.
Lynda became Director of Fundraising at Macmillan in August 2011, where she heads a team of over 400 fundraisers who raised more than £187 million in 2014. She was recently voted No 2 most influential fundraiser in the UK.
Lynda is also a trustee at the Institute of Fundraising, Women’s Sport & Fitness Foundation and a director on the Fundraising Standards Board.
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.
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 Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Cancer and Palliative Care 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 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'.
Her current work involves evaluation of new models of aftercare for cancer survivors and studies of patient experience and the consequences of cancer. She is part of the team that has developed and implemented national PROMS for cancer survivors for England with the Department of Health and NHS England.
In June 2014 she was awarded a Damehood for services to cancer research and palliative care in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
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 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 for England, Policy and Research
Fran Woodard is Director for England, Policy and Research. Fran leads a Directorate of over 200 people who focus on developing and delivering Macmillan’s strategy through high quality impactful influencing and policy changes, innovation, research, transformational change and service improvements. Central to Fran’s role is effective influencing and lobbying across a range of UK wide stakeholders, including the government, Department of Health, NHS Executive, local commissioners, partner organisations (health, social care and the third sector) and politicians. Fran’s focus is to drive solutions that ensure the patient voice is at the heart of service redesign thus influencing and affecting a real step change in the way in which care is delivered to the growing number of people living with cancer.
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.