Ciarán Devane

chief executive macmillan cancer support

Ciarán Devane became the chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support in 2007. When he was in what he recognised as his “immortal careers mode” in his thirties, his wife tragically died of cancer. For Devane, “in an unfortunate way, we were very fortunate” as they had family and a hospice nearby. This led him to think about those who aren’t as fortunate and pushed him to Macmillan. He co-chairs the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative and is a leading light in the Richmond Group, the body that brings together ten major health charities. He is also on the Advisory Council of the Cicely Saunders Institute, the first purpose-built institute for research into palliative care. 

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