Macmillan Cancer Support has today announced that Richard Taylor is set to depart the organisation after more than three years, in order to pursue a career in executive coaching.
Taylor joined Macmillan in October 2015 as its director of fundraising, marketing and communications from Cancer Research UK. Initially appointed on an interim basis, Taylor replaced Lynda Thomas, who had been promoted to chief executive of Macmillan.
Prior to that, Taylor had worked for CRUK for over 20 years, having first joined the charity in 1998. In his time with CRUK, Taylor saw it grow its annual income to over £500m a year, and played a key role in its rebranding in 2012.
Originally after announcing his departure from CRUK in March 2015, Taylor announced that he would be joining Which? in a more commercial role. However in July of that year he decided to stay in the charity fundraising sector, due to the media storm generated by the death of Olive Cooke.
He also served as the chair of the Institute of Fundraising between 2014 and 2017.
Macmillan pay tribute to Taylor
According to Macmillan since joining Taylor has “refreshed the charity’s whole marketing function, allowing Macmillan to gain a much clearer insight into the specific needs of people with cancer; led Macmillan’s brand refresh to ensure the charity is reaching all the audiences who may need to access support; and reshaped Macmillan’s fundraising portfolio to evolve alongside the changing landscape of charitable giving.
“He also developed an extensive five-year strategy for the fundraising, marketing and communications directorate.”
Lynda Thomas said: “Since joining us three years ago, Richard has made a huge contribution to Macmillan and I’d like to thank him enormously for this. He has been a first-class member of the executive team and brought his professionalism and expertise to all aspects of our 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. He’s done all of this whilst 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.”
Taylor said: “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.
“The fundraising, marketing and communications directorate is at the epicentre of a thriving hub of knowledge, innovation, and support and it’s 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.”
A spokesman for the charity said that Taylor has a six month notice period, and that Thomas would be “seeking a replacement” in that time. He said that no departure date for Taylor has yet been decided.