Macmillan Cancer Support has announced it has appointed a new chair to take over from existing chair Jamie Dundas who will step down after the charity’s annual general meeting on July 29.

Julia Palca, previously a partner at law firm Olswang LLP and a trustee of Macmillan since 2001, has been named as Mr Dundas’ successor by the Board of Macmillan Cancer Support.

She was appointed following a selection process led by the charity’s Nominations Committee, after Mr Dundas announced his decision to step down after nine years. He will retain official links with the charity, acting as Deputy President.

Jamie Dundas said: “With the unstinting support of our volunteers, donors and the wider public, our services have massively expanded and we are reaching and supporting more people than ever before. So our foundations are strong, but the need for our work is only increasing. I’m delighted that Julia Palca is stepping into the role of chair. She’s uniquely qualified and I wish her every success.”

Julia Palca said: “Two million people are living with and beyond cancer and this number is set to rise dramatically. I look forward to us achieving our ambition to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer.”

Ciarán Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support added: “Jamie Dundas has steered Macmillan to great success over the last decade. He has overseen an increase to over 5,000 Macmillan nurses, doctors and other health professionals. That growth together with a new website and cancer support phone line means Macmillan is able to provide the highest quality cancer services, information and support to people living with cancer.”