10 May 2010
After nine years as Chairman of Macmillan Cancer Support, Jamie Dundas will be stepping down and handing over to his successor after the charity’s AGM on 29 July.
The Board of Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted to announce today that the new Chair will be Julia Palca. Until recently a partner at law firm Olswang LLP, Julia has been a trustee of Macmillan since 2001. Her appointment completes a rigorous search and selection process, led by the charity’s Nominations Committee and spanning external and internal candidates, to identify Macmillan’s next Chair.
The Board is also delighted to announce that on his retirement from the Board, Jamie Dundas will be maintaining an association with Macmillan as Deputy President of the charity.
Jamie Dundas said:
'It has been a great honour to serve as Chairman of Macmillan for the past nine years. I’m very proud of what the charity has achieved in the great cause of helping people with cancer. With the unstinting support of our volunteers, donors and the wider public, our services have massively expanded and we are reaching and supporting more people than ever before. So our foundations are strong, but the need for our work is only increasing. I’m delighted that Julia Palca is stepping into the role of Chair. As a cancer survivor herself, Julia will continue to ensure Macmillan keeps people with cancer at the heart of everything it does. She’s uniquely qualified and I wish her every success.'
Julia Palca, Macmillan Cancer Support Trustee, said:
'I am delighted to be taking on the opportunity of leading Macmillan into its centenary year in 2011. Under Jamie’s stewardship, the charity has significantly improved the help it gives to people affected by cancer. Two million people are living with and beyond cancer and this number is set to rise dramatically. Macmillan provides an invaluable service and helps turn those bad days into good days. I look forward to us achieving our ambition to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer.
Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, added:
'Jamie Dundas has steered Macmillan to great success over the last decade. He has overseen an increase to over 5,000 Macmillan nurses, doctors and other health professionals. That growth together with a new website and cancer support phone line means Macmillan is able to provide the highest quality cancer services, information and support to people living with cancer. Macmillan’s influence has also grown, for example successfully campaigning for the abolition of prescription charges for cancer patients across the UK. Income has also increased enormously with Jamie as Chairman to make us one of the UK’s top 10 fundraising charities, and last year Macmillan was named the most respected charity in UK.'
For further information, please contact:
Michelle Rowley, Macmillan Cancer Support
Call: 020 7480 7821
Notes to Editors:
Macmillan Cancer Support has been ranked as the top charity in the new Charity Brand Index 2009 - a survey of the top 100 charities commissioned by PR Week and Third Sector. In the survey more than 3,000 nationally representative respondents were asked for their views on the top 150 UK charities (measured by voluntary income).
Julia, who was a trustee of Cancerlink, became a trustee of Macmillan in 2001 when Cancerlink merged with Macmillan. Julia Palca stepped down as partner with law firm Olswang LLP after 20 years and remains a consultant to the firm.
Jamie Dundas, who has enjoyed a successful career in banking and finance, has a long history with Macmillan. He was the charity’s Treasurer from 1991-1992 before a spell overseas as Finance Director of the Hong Kong Airport Authority. He rejoined Macmillan in 1996 as a Trustee, and become Chairman in 2001. He is Chairman of Jupiter Asset Management Ltd and a Non Executive Director of Standard Chartered PLC.