Richard Taylor to step down from fundraising role at Macmillan

The executive director of fundraising, marketing and communications is to pursue a career in executive coaching

Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor is to step down as executive director of fundraising, marketing and communications at Macmillan Cancer Support to pursue a career in executive coaching.

Taylor, who was chair of the Institute of Fundraising from 2014 to 2017, joined Macmillan in 2015, initially on an interim basis.

He had previously spent 11 years as executive director of fundraising and supporter marketing at Cancer Research UK.

In April 2015, Taylor announced that he would be moving to the consumer charity Which? to take up an executive director role that would not involve fundraising, but later pulled out of the move after the fundraising scandals that hit the headlines that year, saying it was no longer tenable.

Taylor’s leaving date has not yet been confirmed, but it is expected to be "in a few months’ time", a Macmillan spokesman said.

Taylor said in a statement today: "It has been an absolute privilege to spend such a fruitful three years at Macmillan, an organisation I am and always will be extremely passionate about.

"Macmillan continues to lead the way in the sector and I’ve been lucky enough to work here at a truly exciting and vibrant time."

He said it had been "an honour to lead a team of inspirational professionals who continue to make an immeasurable difference to the lives of people affected by cancer every single day".

During his time at Macmillan, a statement from the charity said, he had refreshed the charity’s marketing to allow Macmillan to gain a much clearer insight into the specific needs of people with cancer, led Macmillan’s brand refresh, reshaped its fundraising portfolio and developed an extensive five-year strategy for the fundraising, marketing and communications directorate.

Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said Taylor had made a huge contribution to the charity.

"We have benefited hugely from Richard’s strategic capability, his questioning nature and clear dedication in helping us do the right thing for people affected by cancer," she said.

"He’s done all of this while delivering stellar business as usual. I am very sad to say goodbye to Richard and wish him the very best of luck with his future endeavours."

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