Una O'Brien

Una joined Macmillan’s Board in January 2018. Una was Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health from 2010-2016, 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 is a non-executive director of the University of Birmingham. Una is also a Member of Council of the London School of Tropical Medicine and a Member of the Board of Visitors at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.