Lynda Thomas Chief Executive

Lynda was appointed Chief Executive in 2015, taking the lead to help Macmillan Cancer Support improve the lives of the 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, and to inspire millions of others to do the same.

Lynda’s strategy focuses the charity’s resources on supporting its beneficiaries 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 the organisation can support this ever-increasing need.

Lynda joined Macmillan in 2001 as joint Head of Media and has played a significant role in transforming it into one of the UK’s most trusted charities. During her first ten years she was promoted to board level as joint Director of External Affairs helping to develop the organisation’s campaigning arm, as well as launching and maintaining its multi award-winning brand.

In 2011 Lynda became Director of Fundraising, overseeing the launch of successful new fundraising products and a significant growth in income.  In 2014 Fundraising Magazine’s named her the second most influential fundraiser in the UK.

Lynda started out her career in communications over 20 years ago and has worked for consumer and third sector PR. As Media Manager for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) she was part of their successful FULL STOP campaign to prevent child abuse.

Lynda lives in north London with her husband, son, two daughters and cockapoo. She supports Arsenal football club, is a sports fan, and often takes part in running and walking events to fundraise for charity.