Former acting chief executive to leave cancer charity

Judy Beard, director of communications, fundraising and marketing at Macmillan Cancer Support, has left the charity to head the management consultancy operations of not-for-profit training organisation the Management Centre.

Judy Beard
Judy Beard
Beard stood in as acting chief executive at the charity after the departure of Peter Cardy earlier this year. She returned to her previous role when former management consultant Ciaran Devane took over as chief executive at Macmillan in May.

She described her decision to leave Macmillan after nine years as emotional, but said she now wanted to share her experience of a career in client-side roles at Macmillan, Save the Children, the British Red Cross and the art organisation the Tate with “a wide range of organisations at strategic management levels”.

In her new role, she will coordinate the Management Centre’s expanding international operations, which will include offices in the US, Australia, Brazil and Mexico by next January.

“I'm joining the Management Centre at an exciting stage in its transition to becoming a truly international organisation,” she said. “My new role will offer me the amazing challenges I am looking for and a chance to help change the world through a multinational reach."

Bernard Ross, joint managing director of the Management Centre, described Beard as “one of our industry’s greats” and said she would be instrumental in the centre’s expansion.

He said: “Judy has incredible strengths in managing and driving big change processes and development at the very highest level. It’s not often that this scale of talent becomes available, and we consider it a coup to welcome Judy to our team.”

After Beard’s departure, Macmillan has created two new directorates. Amanda Bringans, previously the charity’s deputy director of fundraising, will take up the new position of director of fundraising, and Hilary Cross and Lynda Thomas, deputy directors of communications at the charity, will become directors of external affairs.

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