Introducing Macmillan's Public Affairs team.
Gus has been at Macmillan since 2005 and has led various successful campaigns to help improve the lives of people affected by cancer, including the abolition of prescription charges, better access to benefits and the Cancer Reform Strategy.
Before Macmillan, he worked at Mencap as their Parliamentary Officer. He championed new duties on all public bodies to promote the social inclusion of disabled people as part of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
When he’s not managing Macmillan’s Public Affairs Team, Gus is a huge music fan and spends a lot of time going to gigs involving bands with obscure names.
Ellie joined the public affairs team in June 2013. In leading Macmillan’s work on the 2015 General Election, Ellie aims to ensure that commitments made by all the main parties will make a positive difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.
Prior to joining Macmillan, Ellie was head of parliamentary affairs at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She has also worked in national policy development roles for the Commission for Racial Equality and the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services.
Ellie loves growing, cooking and eating food, and running and cycling to make up for it.
Lucy joined Macmillan in January 2013 and is working on a new campaign to improve support for cancer carers through influencing the Care and Support Bill. She is also working on the Cancer's Hidden Price Tag campaign and research into an improved customer experience for MPs.
Before joining the team Lucy worked for Bliss, the charity for premature and sick babies, where she lobbied on preventing cuts to NHS nurses.
In her spare time Lucy loves balancing a good night out (karaoke and/or dancing to cheesy music) with a lazy night in watching TV box sets and eating pizza.
Alex joined the Public Affairs team in January 2012 and works on our campaign on NHS reforms and Cancer Patient Experience. She also helps to coordinate the Public Affairs team’s internship programme.
Before Macmillan, Alex worked as a Human Rights lawyer in Colombia. She also worked as campaigns manager for an international animal protection charity lobbying to protect animals in circuses.
In her spare time Alex enjoys going to the theatre, shoe shopping and playing with her cats.
Fiona joined the Public Affairs team in April 2014 and is working on Macmillan’s Social Care at End of Life campaign and NHS reforms. She also sits on the Cancer Campaigning Group, a coalition of over 50 national cancer-related charities.
Before joining the team Fiona worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), where she campaigned for changes to national planning policy and legislation to ensure that the planning system promoted sustainable development.
When not at work Fiona mostly spends her time chasing her toddler around.
Victoria joined the Public Affairs team in March 2014. She is working on Macmillan’s 2015 General Election campaign with the aim of securing commitments from all the main parties to continue to prioritise cancer care.
Victoria used to work in the healthcare team at Hanover Communications, here she worked on integrated campaigns for a variety of private and public sector clients. Before that she completed an MSc from LSE & LSHTM in Health Policy, Planning and Financing.
Outside of work Victoria enjoys escaping London for the peace and quiet of the countryside.
Amy joined the Public Affairs team in September 2013 and is working on Welfare Reform, Work and Cancer and Macmillan’s campaign Cancer’s Hidden Price Tag.
Before joining the Macmillan Public Affairs team, Amy worked for St Mungo’s, lobbying Westminster to improve the lives of people who are homeless.
In her spare time Amy enjoys cooking, gardening, cycling and travelling – especially back to her homeland, Scotland.
Tim joined Macmillan in July 2013. He works on Macmillan’s Social Care and End of Life campaigns, and also works on the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer’s ‘Cancer Across the Domains’ project.
Tim previously worked as a Press and Public Affairs Officer at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and was also a Political Consultant at Connect Communications, just across the river in Millbank Tower.
In his spare time Tim enjoys swing dancing, dodgeball and campaigning on projects in his local community.
Aaron joined the Public Affairs team in September 2013. He provides support to the team’s activity on the Care Bill and patient experience, monitors what’s going on in Westminster for staff across Macmillan and leads the work on Public Affairs social media.
Before this role, Aaron was Public Affairs Intern in the team and has previously worked in the UK and overseas as an English teacher.
Like many others at Macmillan, Aaron has had his own experience of cancer. In his spare time he likes house music, loud shirts and the British countryside.
Tim joined the Public Affairs team in August 2013. He provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC) and helps to coordinate Macmillan’s activities at party conferences.
Before Macmillan, Tim qualified as a lawyer in the city. He has also worked in campaigns and public affairs at a national charity, lobbying the government to improve support for people with disabilities.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys swimming, cycling and running, and has recently discovered the joy of doing all three consecutively.