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, the Remuneration Committee, and the Nominations Committee.
She studied law and politics at Durham University, and was, until 2012, a partner/consultant with law firm Olswang LLP.
She is Chairman of the Royal Free Charity, trustee of the Nuffield Trust, trustee of the Koestler Trust, trustee of the Olswang Foundation, 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 is a non-executive director of Marex Spectron plc, and chairman of Kaz Minernals plc and GMS plc.
Simon is married with three children and lives in Bath.
Na’eem served as the Academic President of Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School, graduating in 2010 with the St Thomas’ Hospital Cup. He completed Academic Foundation Training at King’s College Hospital and a Visiting Quality Improvement Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. At present, Na’eem is a Radiology Specialty Registrar in London. He's also a former Clinical Fellow to Professor Sir Bruce Keogh at NHS England where he was a member of the design team and Advisory Board for the Keogh Review and policy team for the Berwick Review. Na’eem is an Editorial Board member of Clinical Medicine.
Na’eem founded Selfless, an international social enterprise that skills-matches young people to volunteering opportunities in the third sector. He is an advisor to the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme and was appointed as policy advisor to Secretary of State for International Development Rt Hon Justine Greening MP where he devised the strategy for youth engagement in international development.
‘Having been involved with Macmillan for some time I have witnessed first-hand the breadth and reach of the charity at both a local and national level. I relish the opportunity to be part of the charity’s evolution and contribute to its continuing success story of working to give everyone living with cancer consistent quality of treatment, care and support.‘
Irene has been a very active Macmillan fundraiser and volunteer for the past 14 years. She was instrumental in helping raise £1.5m to create an essential cancer day treatment centre in Milton Keynes in 2004, chairing the corporate appeal for this new building. In 2005 Irene was elected to Macmillan's Council and has worked tirelessly as an ambassador for the charity locally and nationally.
Irene runs her own property portfolio specialising in barn and factory conversions. Previously she was CEO of Blue Arrow Personnel Services Ltd, a national recruitment consultancy. Irene has been a consultant to the board of Manpower UK Ltd and has worked with various organisations in and around the Milton Keynes area.
In addition to Macmillan Irene also supports local charities including Willen Hospice.
Irene lost her husband Michael to cancer in 2000. She comes from Stamford Rutland and now lives in Buckinghamshire.
Jane Cummings is the Chief Nursing Officer for England, and is also the Chief Nursing Officer at NHS England, and acts as the national lead for the nursing and Midwifery professions. Jane worked as a nurse for many years specialising in emergency care before moving into general management. She trained at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital and has held a wide variety of clinical and managerial roles, including Director of Commissioning, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive.
In 2002 she joined the Department of Health and led high profile programmes to improve accident and emergency waiting times and patient choice. Jane was appointed as the Chief Nurse for the North of England SHA Cluster in October 2011. She was the national lead for the Energise for Excellence programme, as well as Senior Responsible Officer for the Clinical Leaders’ Network in the North of England, before moving into her current role in 2012.
'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 Committee and the Nominations Committee.
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 also Chairman of Elementis Plc. He is a trustee of the Earth Trust, 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.
Tim is currently on a part-time leave of absence from the University of Cambridge to work as Head of Clinical Discovery at AstraZeneca.
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.
'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 Primary Academy.
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 Operating 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, was appointed to the Remuneration Committee in 2012 and to the Nominations Committee in 2015. 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. He is also a trustee of the Nuffield Trust and Cicely Saunders International and is Chair of the National Skills Academy for Health. He is currently the chair of a national review into how to accelerate access to innovative medicines and technologies. He also acted as interim Chairman of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust from March to September 2014.
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.