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.

  • Ian Marchant

    Ian Marchant

    Chairman
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  • Alan Eisner

    Alan Eisner

    Deputy Chairman
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  • Charles Jencks

    Charles Jencks

    Co-founder
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Ian Marchant

Chairman

“Maggie’s growth ambitions are essential for cancer care in this country and I want to support the realisation of them.”

Ian has been on our Board of Directors since 2005 and has been the Chairman of our Audit Committee and a member of our Remuneration Committee since 2006.

Ian is a leading businessman in the Energy sector in the UK, serving on the Boards of John Wood Group and Aggreko. Previously he was CEO of SSE, one of Scotland's major companies for nearly 11 years. He is also President of the Energy Institute and former chair of Scotland's 2020 Climate Delivery Group.

Alan Eisner

Deputy 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 has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1996. He is 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 is 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.

  • Laura Lee

    Laura Lee

    Chief Executive
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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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Laura Lee

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.

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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  • Susan Dunn

    Susan Dunn

    Board member
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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.

Susan Dunn

Board member

"I am extremely proud to be part of Maggie’s. The support that the Centres provide is absolutely essential to people as they experience life-changing events. They are extraordinary places.”

Susan joined the Maggie’s Board of Directors in January 2016 and is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Susan is a vastly experienced senior leader across finance, supply chain and IT working with the Boards of NHS24, Transport Scotland and Family Therapy Training Network Ltd. Previously, Susan worked at William Grant & Sons for seven years as IS Director and then Global Supply Chain Director. Prior to that, she worked for IBM/PWC consulting where she led the integration of their consultancy business across Europe.

  • Lily Jencks

    Lily Jencks

    Alternate director for Charles Jencks
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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.

Ian Marchant

Ian Marchant

Chairman
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“Maggie’s growth ambitions are essential for cancer care in this country and I want to support the realisation of them.”

Ian has been on our Board of Directors since 2005 and has been the Chairman of our Audit Committee and a member of our Remuneration Committee since 2006.

Ian is a leading businessman in the Energy sector in the UK, serving on the Boards of John Wood Group and Aggreko. Previously he was CEO of SSE, one of Scotland's major companies for nearly 11 years. He is also President of the Energy Institute and former chair of Scotland's 2020 Climate Delivery Group.

Alan Eisner

Alan Eisner

Deputy 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 has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1996. He is 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 is 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.

Laura Lee

Laura Lee

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.

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.

Susan Dunn

Susan Dunn

Board member
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"I am extremely proud to be part of Maggie’s. The support that the Centres provide is absolutely essential to people as they experience life-changing events. They are extraordinary places.”

Susan joined the Maggie’s Board of Directors in January 2016 and is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Susan is a vastly experienced senior leader across finance, supply chain and IT working with the Boards of NHS24, Transport Scotland and Family Therapy Training Network Ltd. Previously, Susan worked at William Grant & Sons for seven years as IS Director and then Global Supply Chain Director. Prior to that, she worked for IBM/PWC consulting where she led the integration of their consultancy business across Europe.

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.