4 March 2015
Macmillan Cancer Support has appointed Lynda Thomas as its new Chief Executive.
Lynda, who is currently interim CEO and former Director of Fundraising at the charity, will take up the role with immediate effect.
Lynda started her career working in communications for charities including Action for Children and NSPCC. She joined Macmillan in 2001 as Head of Media where she developed the charity’s campaigning arm and was part of the team that oversaw the development of the award-winning brand. She was promoted to board level as Director of External Affairs in 2007.
In August 2011 she became Director of Fundraising where she led the charity’s 400-strong fundraising team which has increased fundraising income by more than a third in the last three years.
Since November 2014, Lynda took on the role of Macmillan’s Chief Executive Officer (Interim) whilst a permanent CEO was recruited. Lynda is also a trustee at the Institute of Fundraising, Women’s Sport & Fitness Foundation and a director on the Fundraising Standards Board.
Julia Palca, Chair of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
"I am delighted to announce that Lynda will be our new Chief Executive. The board 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 CEO.
“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 everyone affected by cancer.”
“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 CEO. 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.”
For further information, please contact:
Emma Guise, Head of Media
0207 8940 4790
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
More than one in three of us will get cancer. For most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face. And the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder.
But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way.
We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The community there for you online, any time. The supporters who make it all possible.
Together, we are all Macmillan Cancer Support