Lynda Thomas

Chief Executive (CEO)

Lynda’s ambition is to ensure Macmillan is there for people with cancer, when they need us most, in the ways that suit them best.

Lynda’s strategy

Her strategy for Macmillan focuses on supporting people during their greatest times of need: at diagnosis, throughout their treatment, and for people whose cancer can’t be cured until the end of life. Lynda is striving to ensure all people diagnosed with cancer know Macmillan is there for them.

Career and credentials

Lynda became Chief Executive in 2015, 14 years after she first joined Macmillan (we believe in developing people).

She first joined us as joint Head of Media in 2001 and became Director of External Affairs in 2007, playing a significant role in transforming us into one of the UK’s most trusted charities. In 2011 Lynda became Director of Fundraising, overseeing the launch of successful new fundraising events and a significant growth in donations.

Lynda started out her career in communications over 20 years ago, working in consumer PR. After starting a family, she decided to shift direction and volunteered with NCH Action for Children. This led to a full-time position and launched her career in the third sector.

One of her proudest career moments outside of Macmillan was as Media Manager for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) when she was part of the successful FULL STOP campaign to prevent child abuse.

The non-work stuff

Lynda lives in north London with her husband, their son and two daughters. She is a Gooner (Arsenal fan for those of you not into English Premier League football), a huge sports and outdoors fan. She did us proud running in the super-hot 2018 London Marathon (not her first one either!) to raise funds for Macmillan.