Ms Lynda Thomas

Lynda was appointed Chief Executive in March 2015, taking the lead to help Macmillan reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same.


Lynda first joined us in 2001 as joint Head of Media and has played a significant role in transforming Macmillan 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 and helped develop our campaigning arm as well as launching and maintaining our 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 she was named Fundraising Magazine’s second most influential fundraiser in the UK.

Lynda started out her career in communications over 20 years ago, spending the first eight in consumer PR. After becoming a mum, she decided to try something else. To the benefit of the Third Sector she took on a voluntary role at NCH Action for Children that led to a job in the PR and Marketing team. After two years, she moved to the NSPCC as Media Manager, during which time she was part of the Full Stop Campaign launch, before joining Macmillan.

Lynda, who lives in north London with her husband, son, two daughters and cockerpoo, is passionate about being part of something which has a positive impact. She’s also a sports fan with a soft spot for Arsenal and is often seen either cycling or running into the office.