Wednesday 24th June 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Summer 2015
We’re delighted to introduce Lynda Thomas as the new head of Macmillan
A message from Lynda:
‘Having worked at Macmillan for almost 14 years, I know only too well the huge difference we make to the lives of people affected by cancer, so I feel truly honoured to become Macmillan’s new Chief Executive. With the number of people affected by cancer set to reach four million by 2030 we have a huge challenge ahead, but I believe Macmillan has never been better placed to deliver the support and change needed to ensure no one faces cancer alone.’
Welsh-born Lynda joined Macmillan in 2001 as Head of Media. She developed the charity’s campaigning arm and was part of the team that oversaw the development of the award-winning brand, before being promoted to board level as Director of External Affairs in 2007.
Lynda became Director of Fundraising in August 2011, leading a 400-strong team. She was named the second most influential person in fundraising in the 2014 Fundraising Magazine poll, following a record-breaking 2013 where fundraising income reached £187 million. Lynda took on the role of Macmillan’s acting Chief Executive in November 2014 while a permanent replacement was found for Ciarán Devane, who left Macmillan after seven years. Her position was made permanent in March 2015.
Outside of work, Lynda keeps busy spending time with her family: ‘We like to go to the theatre, plus we recently spent a few days skiing in France, which was brilliant.’ She admits, though, that not much beats unwinding in front of BBC iPlayer after a busy day.
Julia Palca, Chair of Macmillan Cancer Support, says: ‘The board of trustees and I have been incredibly impressed by Lynda’s performance and leadership throughout her time at Macmillan, but especially over the last few months as interim Chief Executive.’
Julia continues: ‘Lynda has a proven track record of delivering great results for the organisation and consistently demonstrates creativity, resilience and passion in everything she does. Lynda is the perfect person to lead the organisation into an exciting new phase and help fulfil our ambition to reach and improve the lives of people affected by cancer.’
Lynda started her career in PR before moving into communications for charities including Action for Children and NSPCC. She is a trustee at the Institute of Fundraising and the Women’s Sport & Fitness Foundation, and a director on the Fundraising Standards Board.