Una O'Brien

Dame Una O’Brien joined Macmillan’s Board in January 2018. Una was Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health between 2010 and 2016, the first woman in the role. She has wide ranging experience of healthcare policy and of government having held a variety of senior posts in Whitehall and the NHS in a career spanning 30 years in public service.

In the 1980s, Una helped establish London Lighthouse, a pioneering voluntary sector provider of services for people with HIV and AIDS. Una studied history at Oxford University and International Relations at the London School of Economics, and she spent a year at Harvard where she was a Kennedy Scholar.

Currently, Una is on the panel of a public inquiry in Northern Ireland and she is also a non-executive director of the University of Birmingham.