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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 2009, a partner with law firm Olswang LLP, to whom she now acts as a consultant.
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 was appointed to the Board in May 2010, and became Treasurer in January 2011. He chairs the Finance & Legal Committee and also sits on the Audit 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, and also sits on the Finance & Legal Committee and the Audit 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. He stepped down from this position in 2009 to assume the role of non executive Chairman, which he has now relinquished.
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 County 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 and 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.
'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.
'A driver for me to become a Macmillan Trustee was my father's cancer diagnosis. He was given three months to live and survived for ten. His experience inspired me to try to help others.'
Appointed to the Board in December 2000, Simon is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance & Legal Committee.
Since 2006 Simon has focused on Non-Executive Director work, holding a number of positions in the public and private sectors.
He is currently a Director of Gabriel Resources Limited, a Toronto listed natural resources company. He was a Senior Adviser at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) from 2010-2011, a Board Commissioner at Postcomm, then the regulator of the Royal Mail and the mail industry, from 2006-2010, and has held other Directorships in the private sector.
Previously Simon held senior positions in the banking industry with Credit Suisse First Boston, now Credit Suisse, (1982-2005) and JP Morgan (1973-1982). From 1988 to 1998 he was Head of UK Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Simon has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He has wide corporate and international experience and is a Fellow of the RSA.
Simon is married with four children.
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 the Managing Partner of Oystercatchers, a leading consultancy in Marketing Excellence which she co-founded in 2007 working with clients like Bupa, Weetabix, Lloyds Bank, Virgin Media, McDonald's and Honda.
Prior to that she was a partner at the Haystack Group from 2001-2007. Currently Suki is The Chairman of The Marketing Society, a member of Women in Advertising & Communications and owns a gin company, Bunker Gin.
She is a regular contributor to the national and marketing press and a speaker at industry conferences. Suki lives in London and has two children, Jaz and Sam.
'My mother had cancer when I was two-years-old and although she lived until I was a medical student, I was well aware that life could have been made rather better for her. That's what we aim to do at Macmillan.'
Gareth was appointed to the Board in 2003. He is currently Chief Executive of Burrswood Hospital, Kent, having been Clinical Director of Hospice in the Weald 2004-2007 and a Regional Director of Macmillan from 2000 to 2003.
Qualifying in Medicine in 1971, he also obtained a Diploma in Palliative Medicine from the University of Wales in 1992. He was Medical Director of Burrswood Hospital 1986 to 1999 and is a Vice-President of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Farnham.
He is married with four children and lives in Tunbridge Wells.
Our primary focus is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer.
Sue Kirk collects a cheque from a group who recently did the Welch 3000 Challenge - 15 mountains in two days.
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