Macmillan Cancer Relief to hire first comms chief

Macmillan Cancer Relief is hunting for its first head of internal comms. The charity, which provides a wide range of cancer care, is to make the hiring as its communications team and activities expand.

A key task of the role will be to redraft the existing internal strategy – which was written with consultants – to reflect new priorities, including greater campaigning and lobbying. The charity has offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with almost 600 staff.

The post-holder will report to job-share bosses Hilary Cross and Lynda Thomas, who share the title of head of PR and communications. They report to director of fundraising and communications Judy Beard.

Thomas said the post was created because the charity was fast becoming a ‘big and complicated organisation’. She added: ‘This is an opportunity to grow and influence our comms.’

Meanwhile, Macmillan is one of several charities lobbying MPs to support investment in hi-tech lung cancer identification equipment.

The charity, along with others such as British Lung Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care, wants MPs to support the faster production of a national framework to boost the provision of Positron Emission Tomography scanners.

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