Macmillan Cancer Support chief executive Lynda Thomas is to step down after more than 20 years at the charity.
She joined the charity in 2001 as its head of media and campaigns and has led the charity as chief executive since 2014.
Her other roles at Macmillan include deputy director of communications, director of external affairs and fundraising director.
She first led the charity as interim CEO in November 2014 a role she took permanently in March 2015.
In a statement Thomas said that she leaves, at the end of 2022, with “mixed emotions”.
It is with very mixed emotions that I have decided to step down from my role at Macmillan Cancer Support and will be leaving at the end of this year. I have had over twenty incredible years at Macmillan, with eight in the position of CEO. pic.twitter.com/NUuZZH41of— Lynda Thomas CBE (she/her) (@lynda_thomas) April 29, 2022
“Leading this inspiring charity has been both an honour and a privilege,” she said.
“The pandemic has proven that, together with our volunteers, partners and professionals, we are strong, flexible and resilient – and I’m so proud of everything we achieved for people with cancer together during these difficult times.
“It has also heralded a new era where cancer care and the fundraising environment are evolving. I believe the time is right to hand over to new leadership to take the organisation forward and ensure Macmillan continues to do whatever it takes for people with cancer long into the future.”