Find out about Macmillan's key spokespeople and how they came to be at Macmillan Cancer Support.
Lynda was appointed Chief Executive in March 2015 following six months as Interim Chief Executive.
She joined Macmillan in 2001 as Head of Media, in a job share with Hilary Cross. They developed Macmillan’s campaigning arm in 2003, created its internal communications team in 2004, helped launch our award winning brand and were promoted to board level as joint Directors of External Affairs in 2007.
In 2011 Lynda became Director of Fundraising, where she led the charity’s 400-strong fundraising team to increase our income by over a third in three years, earning her the honour of Fundraising Magazine’s 2nd most influential fundraiser in the UK.
Lynda has worked in communications for 20 years, starting in consumer PR, then moving into media relations and marketing for charities including Action for Children and NSPCC.
Lynda is also a trustee with the Women’s Sport & Fitness Foundation.
Joint Chief Medical Officer
Professor Jane Maher trained at King’s College London, Westminster Medical School, Harvard University/ Massachusetts General Hospital and The Royal Marsden Hospital.
She has worked as a consultant clinical oncologist at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre for more than 20 years. Between 1986 -1999, she developed both general oncology services for five separate hospitals and specialist head and neck cancer services for three health regions.
Since 1999, she has focused her clinical activity on breast and advanced prostate cancer to enable her to work with Macmillan Cancer Support as Chief Medical Officer and with the NHS as a clinical leader; most recently with NHS Improvement as a National Clinical Advisor for Aftercare and Survivorship.
Joint Chief Medical Officer
Rosie Loftus 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 since 2001. She became Macmillan GP Adviser to the London, Anglia and South East Region in July 2002 and was Macmillan’s Lead GP Adviser from 2003-2013.
She was appointed Macmillan’s Joint Chief Medical Officer in 2014.
Director, Services and Influencing
Juliet became Macmillan’s Director of Services and Influencing in December 2011. She is responsible for the development and delivery of Macmillan’s strategy and services for people with cancer. This includes driving innovation and quality in cancer services across the UK.
Juliet joined Macmillan in 1999 as Head of Planning & Policy, a position she held for eight years before becoming Director of Corporate Development for four years.
Following her own cancer experience, Juliet is Chair of the Patient Experience Board for University College London Hospital (UCLH). In 2005 Juliet became a Trustee of LTCA, the Long-Term Conditions Alliance, then Vice-Chair of the shadow Board of National Voices from 2008 – 2009. National Voices is a membership organisation which reflects the voices of services users and carers in national health and social care policy.
Juliet has worked in the third sector for nearly 20 years. Prior to that, she was in parliamentary and political affairs consultancy. Juliet read Modern Languages at Oxford University. She lives partly in London and partly in the Forest of Dean.
Director, Marketing & Communications
As Director of Marketing and Communications, Hilary is responsible for all brand, communications, marketing and campaigning activity at Macmillan Cancer Support. She also oversees the charity’s digital function and our ambition to mobilise and inspire millions of people to engage with us. Overall she leads a team of award-winning and dedicated professionals.
Hilary has worked in communications for over 25 years, starting as a journalist then moving into charities including the NSPCC. She joined Macmillan in 2001 as Head of Media and was promoted to executive board level in 2007. She is particularly proud of Macmillan being voted Marketing Society Brand of the Year 2014 and YouGov best charity brand 2014. Hilary is shortlisted for Marketing Society Marketing Leader of the Year 2015. Hilary is also a trustee of Encompass Trust and the Prisoners’ Education Trust.
Interim Director, Fundraising
Simon was appointed Interim Director of Fundraising in September 2014 while Lynda Thomas is acting Chief Executive. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of Macmillan’s Fundraising Programme, which in 2013 raised a record-breaking £186.9 million.
In his permanent role of Director of Fundraising Strategy, Customer Care & Performance Simon leads a team of experts in fundraising strategy, planning and performance, research and insight, new product innovation and customer care to drive growth of 10% income year on year.
Simon has spent 16 years developing his career in the voluntary and public sector. Before joining Macmillan he worked in the Cancer Policy Team of the Department of Health, leading on the implementation of a National Cancer Patient Experience survey involving 160,000 patients across 150 Trusts. Previously Simon was Deputy Director of UK services for The National Deaf Childen’s Society.
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, and 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.
Dr Fran Woodard MBA, DProf
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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.
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.
General Manager for Scotland
Janice joined Macmillan in 2004 as a Service Development Manager. She has since worked as a Senior Development Manager and from February 2014, the General Manager for Scotland.
Prior to this, Janice worked for 17 years at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre firstly as a registered nurse and then after 5 years, became the manager of the chemotherapy team and on to Head of Service for Chemotherapy. Much of this work involved redesigning services across the district general hospitals in the West of Scotland and influencing changes in practice.
During her time at Macmillan, Janice has led work on several large scale redesign projects including the development of Macmillan Move More Scotland in partnership with leisure services and the NHS. This is a programme that focuses on providing peer support opportunities to build confidence in those affected by cancer to encourage them to become more active.
She has also worked on Improving the Cancer Journey, a social care approach to Holistic Needs Assessment in the community, aimed at integrating the service response across all sectors, and is currently working on the Making Life Better project, whose aim is to transform the way Macmillan works across its influencing and services.
General Manager for Wales
Susan became General Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales in December 2011. Before taking the helm in Wales, she was the senior development manager working with a range of partners throughout Wales including NHS organisations, local authorities and other charities to improve cancer services.
Before joining Macmillan, Susan had an extensive and highly successful career in NHS Wales management working across acute and community care. She has an on-going interest in theories of change and complexity in management and organisations and has an MSC in Organisation Consulting.
Susan acts as media spokesperson for Macmillan in Wales. She leads the policy and public affairs agenda, taking a strategic role in campaigning and influencing the direction and delivery of cancer services in Wales.Susan is also chair of the Wales Cancer Alliance, a group of nine leading national cancer charities in Wales.
General Manager for Northern Ireland
Heather has been Macmillan General Manager for Northern Ireland since 2003. She joined the charity as a nurse consultant before becoming a Macmillan service development manager.
Heather qualified as a registered general nurse in 1984. She has worked as a sick children’s nurse and then in oncology nursing, becoming Northern Ireland’s first specialist breast care nurse, where she saw the service at the Ulster Hospital grow and develop into one of the leading breast care units in Northern Ireland. In 1995 she moved to Zeneca Pharmaceuticals as an oncology nurse adviser.
Head of Policy
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.
Head of Supporter Insight and Development
Clara joined Macmillan in 2003 and heads up Supporter Insight & Development in Fundraising, having previously led Direct Marketing and Sales programmes.
She’s an ambassador for placing supporters at the heart of our thinking and for the science and professionalism that drives the best fundraising and communication programmes. She works with internal teams and agency partners to develop and share research and insight so that our activity’s based on a sound understanding of who supporters are and what they want.
Clara has clocked up more than 15 years of customer/supporter focused relationship management experience in both the commercial and voluntary sectors, representing not-for-profit interests at local and national government level and in the media.
Director of Service Excellence and Support
Allan joined Macmillan in 2006 and became General Manager for Scotland in 2009. His appointment as Director of Service Excellence and Support with Macmillan, a new function within the charity with a strong focus on the effective management of the legacy of our investments, commenced January 2014.
Allan joined the drinks industry in London in 1988 after university and moved back to Scotland with the NHS in a general management position in 1991. He became National Programme Manager with the Scottish Executive Health Department as part of the Designed Healthcare Initiative in 1999, where he was responsible for introducing and implementing the principles of service redesign and improvement across the NHS.
In 2001 he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant, working with partners across the public sector in the UK.