Lynda Thomas CBE

Chief Executive (CEO)

Lynda’s ambition is to ensure that people with cancer have access to support which is right for them so they can live life as fully as they can. She wants to ensure everyone diagnosed with cancer knows Macmillan is there for them and inspire more people to give to Macmillan so we can continue to be there.

Lynda is dedicated to creating an environment where Macmillan colleagues, professionals and volunteers are empowered and supported to do all they can to help people with cancer.

Lynda’s strategy

Her strategy is to focus our resources on supporting people during their greatest times of need: at diagnosis, if their cancer is incurable but treatable, and at end of life. As one in two people born after 1960 will get a cancer diagnosis at some point in their life, the strategy ensures that we can support this ever-increasing need.

Career and credentials

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

She first joined Macmillan in 2001 as joint Head of Media and has played 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 is passionate about sharing best practice and expertise. She believes that through working together we can achieve great things for the people we are here to support. She is currently Chair of the NHS England Cancer Programme Charity Forum, a member of the NHSE National Cancer Board, NHS Assembly and the Cicely Saunders Institute Advisory Board and is an independent board member for the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. In 2018 Lynda was Co-chair on the Breast Screening Review and Co-lead on the Cancer Clinical Priority Workstream.

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

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.