Simon Phillips

Chief Operating Officer

Simon is our Chief Operating Officer. He’s passionate about improving the charity’s understanding of life with cancer. He ensures we use insight to prioritise our resources, to help everyone with cancer to live life as fully as they can.

Simon’s strategy

Simon is accountable for ensuring that Macmillan is fully enabled to deliver our strategy. His role is all about shaping our priorities, based on insight and data, and developing a strategy to ensure we’re there for people with cancer when they need us most.

Career and credentials

Simon was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in February 2019. Before this role, Simon was Macmillan’s Executive Director of Strategy and Performance. He first joined Macmillan in 2005 and has held wide variety of roles across the organisation, notably in Services, where he led on the creation of the Macmillan Support Line.

He also worked in Fundraising, where he set up our award-winning partnership with Marks and Spencer. He was also involved in our groundbreaking Nationwide financial sector change work, which helps reduce money worries for people living with cancer.

The non-work stuff

Simon lives in North London with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he enjoys supporting his football team (Liverpool), cooking, listening to music and he can be seen every other day on a slow morning jog through Alexander Palace.