How we are governed

Board of Directors

Our Board are volunteers, and it’s their job to decide Maggie’s strategic direction, monitor the delivery of our objectives, uphold our values and governance, as well as advise and support our Chief Executive.

  • Alan Eisner

    Alan Eisner

    Chairman
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  • Charles Jencks

    Charles Jencks

    Co-founder
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  • Dame Laura Lee DBE

    Dame Laura Lee DBE

    Chief Executive
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Alan Eisner

Chairman

“When you first walk into a Maggie’s Centre, you know you are somewhere special, somewhere where positive things happen, a place that can make a difference.”



Alan joined the Board of Directors in 2011. He is also a member of our Audit Committee and our Finance Committee. Alan has been instrumental in initiating and galvanising support on a number of fundraising projects.

Alan is a Member of the Board at Millennium Global. Before joining Millennium Global in June 2000, Alan was Chief Investment Officer of Trinity Asset Management prior to that at Salomon Brothers International Limited.

Charles Jencks

Co-founder

“Maggie would be amazed at how her vision has captured the imagination of so many people and provided such important cancer care.”


Charles co-founded Maggie’s with his late wife, Maggie Keswick Jencks and joined the Board of Directors in 1996. He was an internationally renowned landscape designer, architectural writer, lecturer and author of several best-selling books on architecture, and the creator of 'The Garden of Cosmic Speculation' and ‘Northumberlandia’. He was a director of the Holywood Trust and Portrack Charitable Trust.

Charles created a DNA sculpture for Maggie’s Gatehouse, Glasgow and in collaboration with David Page of Page \ Park, worked on the design concept and landscaping for Maggie’s Highlands.

Charles died on Sunday 13 October 2019. He was 80.

Dame Laura Lee DBE

Chief Executive

“I have seen first-hand, the remarkable difference that access to a Maggie’s Centre makes to a whole community and I am determined that everyone affected by cancer has their own Maggie’s.” Laura has led Maggie’s since its inception in 1995. She was our first Centre Director at Maggie’s Edinburgh and became Chief Executive in 1998.

Laura worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Western General Hospital where Maggie was treated. She worked with Maggie on the blueprint for a different model of cancer care: a non-clinical place in the hospital grounds where people with cancer and their families and friends could find practical, emotional and social support.

  • Stuart Gulliver

    Stuart Gulliver

    Board member
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  • Nick Claydon

    Nick Claydon

    Board member
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  • Prof. Bob Leonard

    Prof. Bob Leonard

    Board member
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Stuart Gulliver

Board member

I first heard about Maggie’s from the staff at HSBC when I was Group Chief Executive who told me about the great work Maggie’s does for people with cancer. I was intrigued and wanted to see it for myself. I went to the West London centre and a one-hour tour became a three-hour visit as I learned more about the people, the building and the approach to cancer care.

Stuart joined our Board of Directors in 2018 and is a member of Maggie’s Finance Committee and is Maggie’s Senior Independent Director.

Stuart has more than 37 years of international banking experience and played a leading role in developing and expanding Global Banking and Markets at HSBC.

He has held key roles in the Group’s operations worldwide, working in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and the United Arab Emirates.

Former appointments include Chairman of HSBC Bank plc, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA and HSBC France. He was also Deputy Chairman of HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG and a member of its supervisory board.

Nick Claydon

Board member

“I have had the pleasure of being involved with Maggie’s for a number of years and have seen first-hand, through my own personal experience of cancer, the enormously positive impact stepping into a Maggie’s Centre can have. I am extremely proud to be involved in making sure more people have access to this vital support.”
 
Nick joined the Board of Directors in January 2015 and has been a member of our London Development Board since 2012.
 
Nick is Senior Partner at leading business communications firm Brunswick and has a wealth of expertise in PR and communications from which Maggie's is able to benefit. Before joining Brunswick, Nick was Head of Communications at British Airways and prior to that was a political consultant in Westminster. He is also a trustee of the think tank Demos, and a member of the corporate board of the English National Opera.

Prof. Bob Leonard

Board member

“Maggie’s unique relationship with the NHS offers patients the best of both worlds. The chance to receive excellent cancer care from the hospital before crossing the site to visit Maggie’s Centre for the accessible, professional programme of information and practical, emotional and psychological support.”

Professor Bob Leonard was Maggie Keswick Jencks’ oncologist and has been a member of our Board of Directors since it was formed in 1996 and Chairman of our Professional Advisory Board since 2004. He has also been a member of the Remuneration Committee since 2006.

Professor Leonard was previously Professor of Cancer Studies and Chief of Service for Medical Oncology at Imperial College, prior to which he was Professor of Medical Oncology at Swansea Medical School and Director of the South West Wales Cancer Institute.

  • Jim Martin

    Jim Martin

    Board member
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  • George Robinson

    George Robinson

    Board member
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  • Lily Jencks

    Lily Jencks

    Alternate director for Charles Jencks
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Jim Martin

Board member

"Maggie's provides outstanding  and vital support to people affected by cancer and at such a vulnerable time in their lives. I am very proud to be involved with the work they do."

Jim joined the Board of Directors in May 2015 and is also the Chair of our Manchester Development Board where he played a key role in a successful fundraising campaign for Maggie's at The Christie and Maggie's Oldham.

Jim was CEO of N Brown Group plc for eighteen years and retired in 2002 when he became non-executive Deputy Chairman until 2005. During the last fifteen years, Jim has been a non-executive Chairman of several private and listed companies in a range of sectors. Jim was also on the Board of The Christie Hospital for six years stepping down as Chairman in 2011 and prior to that he acted as Chairman of the Christie charity, one of the most successful hospital charities in the UK.

George Robinson

Board member

George joined the Board of Directors in 2011. 

George is a partner in Sloane Robinson LLP and became involved with Maggie’s through fundraising for our Oxford Centre. He was Chairman of the Oxford Campaign Board until 2013.

Lily Jencks

Alternate director for Charles Jencks

“I still find it incredibly moving every time I go to a Centre and speak to people who are being helped there. It has been really wonderful for me to get to know my mother a little bit more through these amazing places.”

Lily, daughter of Maggie Keswick Jencks, was appointed as an alternate director to her father, Charles, in 2013.

She runs an interdisciplinary landscape and architecture firm Lily Jencks Studio, and works with Charles in the land-art firm JencksSquared. She has designed the landscape for the Centres in Gartnavel and Hong Kong.

  • Caroline MacInnes

    Caroline MacInnes

    Board member
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  • Karen Seward

    Karen Seward

    Board member
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  • Sue MacDonald

    Sue MacDonald

    Board member
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Caroline MacInnes

Board member

“The first time I visited one of Maggie’s centres, it genuinely took my breath away. Unfortunately, so many of us will experience cancer in our lives, and the unique support that Maggie’s provides to anyone who visits their beautiful and inspiring centres is outstanding. I’m incredibly honoured to be joining the Board and to be part of the amazing work they do for people with cancer.”

Joining our Board in 2019, Caroline brings over 20 years’ experience in financial services, most recently as Finance Director and Chief of Staff to Chief Finance Officer at Barclays UK. With valuable experience in senior business leadership, financial and risk management positions in and out of the board room, she will be invaluable in helping shape our future strategy.

 

Karen Seward

Board member

“Maggie’s does so much great work to support people with cancer, and I’m delighted to bring experience and expertise in employment law to use as a member of the Board.”

One of the UK’s preeminent employment law specialists, Karen joined our Board in 2019, having spent many years advising clients on a broad range of issues, ranging from crisis management to sensitive people and employment issues, risk management and litigation. 

Karen is currently Head of Litigation at Allen & Overy.

Sue MacDonald

Board member

“My experience has taught me that the greatest strength of any organisation is its people. Maggie’s is a charity made up of amazing people, so it will be a pleasure for me to add my knowledge and expertise to help it as it grows.”

Sue joined our Board of Directors in 2019. She is Executive President of People & Organisation at Wood, a global project, engineering and technical services organisation employing 60,000 people in more than 60 countries; her 30 years’ experience in human resources will be asset to Maggie’s as we continue to grow.

Sue joined Wood Group from Marathon, where she was Head of Human Resources for the global upstream business.

She has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Aberdeen and a postgraduate diploma in personnel management. Sue is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD). 

  • Jo Bucci

    Board member
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Jo Bucci

Board member

“My background with People’s Postcode Lottery and the Lotteries Council has brought me into contact with many great charities. For me, Maggie’s stands out. It’s a unique idea, and a vital lifeline for people with cancer and their loved ones.”

Having joined the Board of Directors in 2019, Jo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her background in commercial radio and sales and management, and as Managing Director of People’s Postcode Lottery and Chair of the Lotteries Council. Jo also served as Deputy Chief Executive at Leicester City FC in 2006 preparing the Club for its sale.

Jo is currently Chief Operating Officer of Wireless Group, where she oversees various aspects of News UKs Radio Division, including the regional stations in the UK and Ireland.  

Alan Eisner

Alan Eisner

Chairman
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“When you first walk into a Maggie’s Centre, you know you are somewhere special, somewhere where positive things happen, a place that can make a difference.”



Alan joined the Board of Directors in 2011. He is also a member of our Audit Committee and our Finance Committee. Alan has been instrumental in initiating and galvanising support on a number of fundraising projects.

Alan is a Member of the Board at Millennium Global. Before joining Millennium Global in June 2000, Alan was Chief Investment Officer of Trinity Asset Management prior to that at Salomon Brothers International Limited.

Charles Jencks

Charles Jencks

Co-founder
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“Maggie would be amazed at how her vision has captured the imagination of so many people and provided such important cancer care.”


Charles co-founded Maggie’s with his late wife, Maggie Keswick Jencks and joined the Board of Directors in 1996. He was an internationally renowned landscape designer, architectural writer, lecturer and author of several best-selling books on architecture, and the creator of 'The Garden of Cosmic Speculation' and ‘Northumberlandia’. He was a director of the Holywood Trust and Portrack Charitable Trust.

Charles created a DNA sculpture for Maggie’s Gatehouse, Glasgow and in collaboration with David Page of Page \ Park, worked on the design concept and landscaping for Maggie’s Highlands.

Charles died on Sunday 13 October 2019. He was 80.

Dame Laura Lee DBE

Dame Laura Lee DBE

Chief Executive
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“I have seen first-hand, the remarkable difference that access to a Maggie’s Centre makes to a whole community and I am determined that everyone affected by cancer has their own Maggie’s.” Laura has led Maggie’s since its inception in 1995. She was our first Centre Director at Maggie’s Edinburgh and became Chief Executive in 1998.

Laura worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Western General Hospital where Maggie was treated. She worked with Maggie on the blueprint for a different model of cancer care: a non-clinical place in the hospital grounds where people with cancer and their families and friends could find practical, emotional and social support.

Stuart Gulliver

Stuart Gulliver

Board member
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I first heard about Maggie’s from the staff at HSBC when I was Group Chief Executive who told me about the great work Maggie’s does for people with cancer. I was intrigued and wanted to see it for myself. I went to the West London centre and a one-hour tour became a three-hour visit as I learned more about the people, the building and the approach to cancer care.

Stuart joined our Board of Directors in 2018 and is a member of Maggie’s Finance Committee and is Maggie’s Senior Independent Director.

Stuart has more than 37 years of international banking experience and played a leading role in developing and expanding Global Banking and Markets at HSBC.

He has held key roles in the Group’s operations worldwide, working in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and the United Arab Emirates.

Former appointments include Chairman of HSBC Bank plc, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA and HSBC France. He was also Deputy Chairman of HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG and a member of its supervisory board.

Nick Claydon

Nick Claydon

Board member
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“I have had the pleasure of being involved with Maggie’s for a number of years and have seen first-hand, through my own personal experience of cancer, the enormously positive impact stepping into a Maggie’s Centre can have. I am extremely proud to be involved in making sure more people have access to this vital support.”
 
Nick joined the Board of Directors in January 2015 and has been a member of our London Development Board since 2012.
 
Nick is Senior Partner at leading business communications firm Brunswick and has a wealth of expertise in PR and communications from which Maggie's is able to benefit. Before joining Brunswick, Nick was Head of Communications at British Airways and prior to that was a political consultant in Westminster. He is also a trustee of the think tank Demos, and a member of the corporate board of the English National Opera.

Prof. Bob Leonard

Prof. Bob Leonard

Board member
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“Maggie’s unique relationship with the NHS offers patients the best of both worlds. The chance to receive excellent cancer care from the hospital before crossing the site to visit Maggie’s Centre for the accessible, professional programme of information and practical, emotional and psychological support.”

Professor Bob Leonard was Maggie Keswick Jencks’ oncologist and has been a member of our Board of Directors since it was formed in 1996 and Chairman of our Professional Advisory Board since 2004. He has also been a member of the Remuneration Committee since 2006.

Professor Leonard was previously Professor of Cancer Studies and Chief of Service for Medical Oncology at Imperial College, prior to which he was Professor of Medical Oncology at Swansea Medical School and Director of the South West Wales Cancer Institute.

Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Board member
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"Maggie's provides outstanding  and vital support to people affected by cancer and at such a vulnerable time in their lives. I am very proud to be involved with the work they do."

Jim joined the Board of Directors in May 2015 and is also the Chair of our Manchester Development Board where he played a key role in a successful fundraising campaign for Maggie's at The Christie and Maggie's Oldham.

Jim was CEO of N Brown Group plc for eighteen years and retired in 2002 when he became non-executive Deputy Chairman until 2005. During the last fifteen years, Jim has been a non-executive Chairman of several private and listed companies in a range of sectors. Jim was also on the Board of The Christie Hospital for six years stepping down as Chairman in 2011 and prior to that he acted as Chairman of the Christie charity, one of the most successful hospital charities in the UK.

George Robinson

George Robinson

Board member
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George joined the Board of Directors in 2011. 

George is a partner in Sloane Robinson LLP and became involved with Maggie’s through fundraising for our Oxford Centre. He was Chairman of the Oxford Campaign Board until 2013.

Lily Jencks

Lily Jencks

Alternate director for Charles Jencks
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“I still find it incredibly moving every time I go to a Centre and speak to people who are being helped there. It has been really wonderful for me to get to know my mother a little bit more through these amazing places.”

Lily, daughter of Maggie Keswick Jencks, was appointed as an alternate director to her father, Charles, in 2013.

She runs an interdisciplinary landscape and architecture firm Lily Jencks Studio, and works with Charles in the land-art firm JencksSquared. She has designed the landscape for the Centres in Gartnavel and Hong Kong.

Caroline MacInnes

Caroline MacInnes

Board member
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“The first time I visited one of Maggie’s centres, it genuinely took my breath away. Unfortunately, so many of us will experience cancer in our lives, and the unique support that Maggie’s provides to anyone who visits their beautiful and inspiring centres is outstanding. I’m incredibly honoured to be joining the Board and to be part of the amazing work they do for people with cancer.”

Joining our Board in 2019, Caroline brings over 20 years’ experience in financial services, most recently as Finance Director and Chief of Staff to Chief Finance Officer at Barclays UK. With valuable experience in senior business leadership, financial and risk management positions in and out of the board room, she will be invaluable in helping shape our future strategy.

 

Karen Seward

Karen Seward

Board member
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“Maggie’s does so much great work to support people with cancer, and I’m delighted to bring experience and expertise in employment law to use as a member of the Board.”

One of the UK’s preeminent employment law specialists, Karen joined our Board in 2019, having spent many years advising clients on a broad range of issues, ranging from crisis management to sensitive people and employment issues, risk management and litigation. 

Karen is currently Head of Litigation at Allen & Overy.

Sue MacDonald

Sue MacDonald

Board member
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“My experience has taught me that the greatest strength of any organisation is its people. Maggie’s is a charity made up of amazing people, so it will be a pleasure for me to add my knowledge and expertise to help it as it grows.”

Sue joined our Board of Directors in 2019. She is Executive President of People & Organisation at Wood, a global project, engineering and technical services organisation employing 60,000 people in more than 60 countries; her 30 years’ experience in human resources will be asset to Maggie’s as we continue to grow.

Sue joined Wood Group from Marathon, where she was Head of Human Resources for the global upstream business.

She has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Aberdeen and a postgraduate diploma in personnel management. Sue is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD). 

Jo Bucci

Board member
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“My background with People’s Postcode Lottery and the Lotteries Council has brought me into contact with many great charities. For me, Maggie’s stands out. It’s a unique idea, and a vital lifeline for people with cancer and their loved ones.”

Having joined the Board of Directors in 2019, Jo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her background in commercial radio and sales and management, and as Managing Director of People’s Postcode Lottery and Chair of the Lotteries Council. Jo also served as Deputy Chief Executive at Leicester City FC in 2006 preparing the Club for its sale.

Jo is currently Chief Operating Officer of Wireless Group, where she oversees various aspects of News UKs Radio Division, including the regional stations in the UK and Ireland.