Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the charity. They meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review Macmillan's strategies and policies, and to receive reports from senior managers. They work for Macmillan in a voluntary capacity.
Members of the Board of Trustees are elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and, subject to re-election or early retirement, serve for a three-year term. If there is a vacancy on the Board during the year, the Board itself can appoint someone to fill that vacancy until the AGM.
The Board has delegated some of its powers and responsibilities to four committees of the Board: the Finance & Legal Committee, the Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Nominations Committee.
'Having had cancer myself, I was delighted to become part of a charity which puts the patient at the heart of everything it does, and cares for the carers too.'
Julia joined the Board in October 2001 and was elected Chairman in July 2010. She also sits on the Audit Committee, the Finance & Legal Committee and the Nominations Committee.
She studied law and politics at Durham University, and was, until 2012, a partner with law firm Olswang LLP.
She is Chairman of the Royal Free Charity, special adviser to the Prison Reform Trust and has been a member of the Board of the Institute of Employment Studies and of several other charities, including Cancerlink which merged with Macmillan in 2001.
Julia has herself had cancer. She is also a part time employment judge, lives in London and is married with three children.
Simon Heale, Treasurer
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Simon was appointed to the Board in May 2010, and became Treasurer in January 2011. He chairs the Audit Commitee and also sits on the Finance & Legal Committee, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.
Simon read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oriel College, Oxford, graduating in 1975. He then qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse in London. In 1979 he joined the Swire Group where he held senior positions in Tokyo, California and Hong Kong. He then joined Jardine Fleming Ltd in Hong Kong as Finance Director and was later appointed Chief Operating Officer.
In 2001 he returned to the United Kingdom and was appointed Chief Executive of The London Metal Exchange until he stepped down in 2006. More recently he has been Chief Executive of the China Now Festival and holds non-executive directorships in Kazakhmys plc, Marex Group Limited, The Morgan Crucible Company plc, Coats plc and PZ Cussons plc.
Simon is married with three children and lives in Bath.
'When I was invited to become a Trustee of Macmillan, I found out more about what this amazing charity does for people living with cancer and wanted to join to help achieve the ambition of reaching more people, in many more ways.'
Tara was appointed to Macmillan’s Board in September 2005 and is a member of the Nominations Committee and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
Tara is a Director at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, leading on the Trust’s quality, efficiency and productivity programme.
Prior to reading English at King’s College London, she spent an enjoyable year 'off' working as ward housekeeper on a busy cardiac ward. This experience sparked her interest in working in the health service and she joined the NHS on graduation in 1992.
Since this time she has spent her career within acute hospital management, and the past decade working at Board level including as Director of Operations at the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, North London and as Chief Executive of the West Middlesex University Hospital, West London. She has a particular interest in service improvement and the improvement of cancer care.
Having grown up in Yorkshire and Durham, Tara now lives in Chiswick with her husband and their three young children.
Andrew joined the board in March 2011, he chairs the Finance & Legal Committee and sits on the Audit Committeeand.
Andrew spent 16 years at BP plc working in downstream businesses in Europe, the USA and the Far East. He joined National Power in 1998 before becoming Chief Executive of its successor company npower in 2003.
In 2010 he was appointed Chairman of Severn Trent Plc and Severn Trent Water Ltd. Andy is the Senior Independent Director at Wolseley Plc where he also chairs the Remuneration Committee. He is a fellow of the Energy Institute and a member of the CBI President’s Committee.
He lives in Oxfordshire and is married with three children.
Tim joined Macmillan’s Board in December 2011. He is Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Tim is a clinical triallist interested in developing new treatments for advanced disease, identifying and managing those at risk of disease. His special clinical areas are kidney cancer, lung cancer and melanoma. He has published extensively and lectured at many national and international conferences.
David was appointed to Macmillan’s Board in September 2005 and has been a member of the Remuneration Committee since 2008.
His career was in academic medicine and research. David qualified in medicine in 1964, having gained a BSc in 1961. He was a consultant physician and clinical academic.
Prior to his recent retirement, he held many senior posts, including Director of the Ciba Foundation (later the Novartis Foundation); founding Vice-Chairman of the Association of Medical Research Charities; Deputy Head of the UK Medical Research Council; member of the UK Committee for the Co-ordination of Cancer Research; Chairman of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust; and Special Advisor to the Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organisation).
He also has personal experience of using cancer services as a carer. He is married with grown up children and lives in Berkshire.
Clare joined the Board in April 2011. She is currently Deputy Chairman and non-executive Director of Spire Healthcare Ltd, non executive director of Virgin Healthcare Holdings Ltd; Assura Group Ltd and Eurostar International Limited.
She was previously CEO of Spire Healthcare Ltd and Managing Director of BUPA Hospitals Ltd, as well as Managing Director of Caledonian Airways.
Other past appointments include board appointments in healthcare businesses in Scandinavia, Spain and Ireland. Clare lives in Surrey with her two children.
'When our local fundraising committee was established, I was invited to join. I saw first hand the difference Macmillan makes to people affected by cancer, easing their burden during tough times. We can, and should, all do our bit.'
Sue joined Macmillan’s Board in 1999 and was appointed to the Remuneration Committee in 2002.
Sue is also a director of Macmillan’s two trading companies, and is Chairman and Trustee Member of the National Panel for Volunteer Awards. She has been a member of the Boston Committee for over 39 years, serving eight years as Secretary, thirty years as Chairman until 2012 and continues active membership as well as recently being appointed Area Chairman for Lincolnshire.
In 1983 she was appointed a member of the Council and was awarded the President’s Medal in 1998. Sue retired as an Associate General Manager after a career in senior management in the NHS.
Along with her work for Macmillan, she is a Director of the Boston & County Club; a member of the Regulatory Board as well as the Quality Assurance Enhancement Group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), and a Trustee of the Boston & District Sick Poor Fund. Sue lives in Lincolnshire.
'I became a Trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support because of my desire to help people who are living with cancer.'
Ken joined Macmillan’s Board in December 2007, and also sits on the Audit and Finance & Legal Committees.
Until retirement, he was the Global Managing Partner for Accenture’s Health & Life Sciences business. He spent most of his 28 years with Accenture working with pharmaceuticals, medical products, regulatory and healthcare organisations.
His experience includes work with the MHRA, the NHS and various health authorities. He is currently a Non-Executive Board Member of AVA CAD Software, an Advisor to the Shareholders' Council of ZS Associates and a Governor of the Mottram St Andrew School.
Additionally, Ken is the CEO of LOMOX, a startup company that is developing Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs). Ken lives in Cheshire and is married with two children.
Sir Joseph Pilling KCB
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'I agreed to become a Macmillan Trustee because of its very high reputation, and then found that it was even better than I thought.'
Joe joined Macmillan’s Board in December 2005, and is a member of the Audit, Finance & Legal and Nominations Committees.
He was educated at King’s College, London and Harvard. He worked in the Home Office, Department of Health and Northern Ireland Office.
Joe was Director General of HM Prison Service in England and Wales, and Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Office from 1997 until his retirement in 2005. He was appointed as the Home Office’s first Identity Commissioner in October 2009.
Joe comes from Lancashire and lives in North Yorkshire and London. He is married with two sons.
Toby joined the board in April 2013 and was appointed to the Finance & Legal Committee in July 2013.
Toby joined Lloyds Banking Group in October 2011 as Group Director for Insurance and CEO of Scottish Widows. Before joining Lloyds, Toby was UK Life CEO at Aviva and prior to this he was Chief Opoerating Officer for UK Life, having joined Aviva in 2008.
He previously worked at Charcol, becoming Managing Director, before moving to JS & P (now Towry) as Chief Executive. Before that, Toby spent a number of years at McKinsey, specialising in the financial services and technology sectors.
Hugh joined the Board in April 2011. He has been Chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust since February 2011, having retired as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health in 2010.
Sir Hugh joined the Department of Health in 1998 as the Director General dealing with workforce issues in the NHS Executive and became Permanent Secretary in 2006. He began his civil service career in 1972 in the Home Office and has also worked in the Prison Service and the Cabinet Office.
Sir Hugh lives in south London and is married with two children.
Suki joined the Board in April 2011. She is an entrepreneur, passionate believer in business partnerships and co-founder of the consultancy, Oystercatchers. Suki helps world class businesses develop Strategic Partnerships and Marketing Excellence Programmes to empower their brands and people. Clients include McDonald's, RSA, Bupa, Avis and British Airways.
In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Coventry University for her services to International Business and Charity.
Currently Suki is Chairman of The Marketing Society, a leading member of WACL (Women in Advertising & Communications London) and is on The Board of Trustees of Touraid.
In 2012 she was made a Freemand of the City of London, and owns her own gin company called Bunker Gin.
Suki has two children, Jaz and Sam.