Macmillan Cancer Support’s Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Richard Murley as Chairman, starting in the post on 1 May 2019.

Richard, an existing Trustee, joined the Board in April 2017, bringing extensive experience across the finance, charity, legal and healthcare sectors, including seven years as Chairman of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is currently a Trustee of Crisis and Epilepsy Society, a Senior Adviser at Rothschild, Chairman of United Trust Bank Ltd, and a member of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers and the Medical Research Council.

Macmillan appoints Richard Murley as Chairman of Trustees
Richard Murley

Richard will replace Julia Palca, who will step down from Macmillan’s Board of Trustees on 1 May 2019 to take on the role of Chair of City, University of London. Julia joined the Board of Trustees in 2001 and was elected Chairman in July 2010, using her time in post to champion the role of volunteering, leading the Board through the approval of a new strategy and overseeing a period of significant income growth.

Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support said:

“I am delighted at Richard’s appointment as Chairman and would like to congratulate him on his new role. As well as his detailed knowledge of the organisation, Richard brings a wealth of experience from a number of sectors, including charity and healthcare. His skills and experience will be integral in guiding us to deliver our strategy in what we know will be a tough external climate over the coming years, ensuring that we can continue to be right there with those who need us.

“I’d also like to thank Julia Palca for her dedication and support over the past 18 years, especially her nine-year tenure as Chair, during which she worked tirelessly to champion the needs of people living with cancer. Without her input, Macmillan would not be in the strong position we are today.”

Richard Murley said:

“I am thrilled to take over as Chair of Macmillan’s Board of Trustees, and it is an honour to be given the opportunity to continue to work with Macmillan. I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees to realise Macmillan’s ambition to be right there for people with cancer, at a time when our work as a charity has never been more crucial.

“I know I speak for the rest of the Board when I say that we welcome the challenge to guide the organisation through the coming months and years, making sure that people affected by cancer are front of mind in everything we do.”