The Board

For two years the Yorkshire volunteer Campaign Board has worked hard to raise the funds needed to bring Maggie’s to Yorkshire. We have now reached a significant milestone and cash raised and pledges made to date are such that we have started the build of Maggie's Yorkshire. This means we will be able to provide the kind of support which we know will make an immeasurable difference to people in Yorkshire with cancer.

So far Maggie’s Yorkshire has received support from a wide range of activity and sources including charitable trusts, individual major gifts, corporate donations, events and support from individuals and groups in the local community, and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to getting us this far on the journey. However, there is still much more to do. We need all the support we can get to raise at least another £500,000 to allow us to open the doors of the Centre once it is built.

With your help we will open Maggie’s Yorkshire’s door in the spring of 2019. You can help by making a donation, by getting involved as a corporate partner, or by taking part in a sporting or cultural event. Every bit of support, big or small, will make a difference.

Board members

Martin Jenkins – Chairman

Martin Jenkins is a chartered accountant and has nearly thirty years’ experience in professional services.

He specialises in corporate finance and advises company boards and investors on financial strategy, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions and company disposals.

Martin has spent his entire career in Yorkshire and is well known as one of the region’s most active and prominent corporate financiers.

He joined the Board of Maggie’s Yorkshire in 2015 and assumed the role of Chairman in early 2017. He is married to Elizabeth and has two children at university.

Ken Beaty – Deputy Chairman

Following a successful 20 year career with international private equity investment group 3i, Ken currently operates as an independent director and chairman, taking board roles with private-equity or family owned businesses, mainly in the North of England.

Alongside his role at Maggie's, Ken also chairs the fundraising committee at Leeds based charity, the Leeds Festival Chorus, where Ken has also been a singing member for the last 20 years.

As well as singing, in his spare time Ken is an avid cyclist, plays piano and spends time with his wife and two teenage daughters.

John Bywater

John is a Chartered Surveyor by profession, having had property roles with a number of companies including Arcadia, Allied Breweries, Caddick Developments, finally as Managing Director of Hammerson Uk Properties Ltd.

He holds non –executive roles with Opera North, Realis Estates, Canal and River Trust, Harrogate Symphony Orchestra and The Carbon Trust.

Helen Oldham

Helen Oldham has spent over 30 years in the media sector most recently as Chief Publishing Officer for Johnston Press where she was responsible for the i newspaper, The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post.

David Parkin

David Parkin is a journalist, event host and presenter, blogger and media trainer.

Backed by investors, he launched in November 2007, the first regional business news website in the UK, expanding it from its Leeds base into Manchester and Birmingham.

David sold in 2013 and launched COPA, a bespoke events business.

He was business editor of the Yorkshire Post from 2000 to 2007.

He was awarded an Honorary Masters Degree by Leeds Metropolitan University in July 2013 in recognition of his contribution to business in Yorkshire.

He writes a weekly blog which is distributed to more than 10,000 business people across Yorkshire and beyond.


Caroline Pullich

Caroline leads the Yorkshire Business Banking Team with a team of approx. 60 employees.

She heads the team that serves the diverse needs of over 6,000 clients providing banking services for business customers typically managing debt up to £10m.

Caroline is now an active member across various boards and groups which includes Leeds Chamber of Commerce Leadership Group, Bradford Producer City sitting on the skills & innovation board, Member of Bradford Breakthrough, An ambassador for the Institute of Directors and also a board member of Maggie’s.


Carla Stockton-Jones

Carla is the Home Service Director at Sky, where she has previously also been Director of Retail.

Prior to this Carla worked with a number of the UK’s leading field marketing agencies, helping businesses across the FMCG and technology sectors with their commercial goals and growth.

She joined Maggie's because she is committed to creating a place in her hometown of Leeds where free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends can be found.






We are extremely lucky in Yorkshire to have some of the best cancer clinicians and treatments available in the world. However those who are living with a cancer diagnosis and their families deserve a place, alongside their clinical treatments, that gives them the space, support and respite they need, a safe place of comfort.

A space that can remind people they have a life to continue living and enjoying. This is what we going to bring to Leeds for the people of Yorkshire.

Many of us have seen family members, colleagues or friends deal with a cancer diagnosis and know first hand how tough it is. I believe that everyone on a cancer journey deserves to have the support of a Maggie’s Centre.

Martin Jenkins, Chairman of Maggie's Yorkshire Board