Tessa Jowell’s Cancer Charity Hires Fundraising Director to Spearhead Growth

ACT for Cancer has appointed Sue O’Lone as its new Fundraising Director. She will take on the role this month, spearheading the charity’s ambitious growth plans for fundraising.

O’Lone joins the charity from UCLH Charity, where she raised funds for cancer services within the NHS and after 4 years at JDRF UK heading up its high-value fundraising teams. With over 15 years in the charity sector, Sue has experience working in a range of charities, including cancer charities Macmillan Cancer Support and CLIC Sargent.

ACT was set up by Baroness Tessa Jowell to improve access to personalised treatments for people living with untreatable cancer, following her diagnosis with a Grade-4 glioblastoma in 2017. The charity is now led by her daughter Jess Mills and has already successfully campaigned for the standard use of ‘pink drink’ 5-ALA dye treatment for brain cancer patients across the NHS.

There are 360,000 patients in the UK newly diagnosed with cancer every year. Over half (51%) of these patients will be considered ‘untreatable’ at the time of diagnosis, and nearly 30% of these will die within the first year because the treatment options currently available to them through the NHS are so limited. ACT is the only cancer charity in the UK with a singular focus on creating the roads to deliver personalised treatment and care to all these patients through the NHS.

Tessa Jowell’s Cancer Charity Hires Fundraising Director to Spearhead Growth
Sue O’Lone

Sue O’Lone, Fundraising Director of ACT said:

“Being part of such a fantastic young organisation, taking the next step in its development is such an exciting opportunity. The work that ACT does is incredibly vital and ambitious, and it’s a challenge I am greatly looking forward to.

“Building on the excellent work that has already been achieved, the ACT team is committed to delivering ground-breaking and innovative programmes that will mean real, impactful change for everyone with untreatable cancer. Together, we can inspire change, advance research, and ensure everyone gets every chance.”

Jess Mills, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of ACT, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Sue to our team. I’ve no doubt she will do a fantastic job of attracting support for our movement for change. Sue has tremendous experience in the charity sector and has incredible energy and passion for our mission.”