Polly joins the newly-launched charity having held a number of significant posts, including Director of Finance at UCL Partners, eDv Limited and the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, and she also spent six years working for the Royal Household (HRH Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall) as Deputy Treasurer.
She began her career as a chartered accountant at PwC, followed by roles at GSK, Raleigh International and Marie Curie UK before taking up her first directorial post in 2006.
She currently also holds non-executive appointments as a Director and Trustee of Raleigh International and Director of The English Lacrosse Association. As Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Polly will provide executive leadership across the charity’s Finance and IT, and People and Organisational Development directorates.
Among her first tasks will be to oversee the completion of all operational integration activity between the two legacy charities, ensuring the right tools, systems and processes are in place to support Breast Cancer Now in developing its culture, enabling good governance, compliance, and the delivery of the new charity’s goals.
Polly McGivern said:
“It’s an incredibly exciting time to join Breast Cancer Now. Having merged two leading research charities to create the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, effective business planning and operational management will continue to be vital to our progress.
“Developing a progressive and collaborative culture will also be crucial and I’m looking forward to working with the very strong team here to help Breast Cancer Now to achieve its ambitious plans.”
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“We are thrilled to welcome Polly as our new Director of Finance and Corporate Services. She brings with her a wealth of experience and an impressive track-record in strategic financial leadership at prominent national organisations.
“She will be a tremendous asset to the charity as we strive to achieve our ambitious research goals and I very much look forward to working with her.”
Launched in June 2015 with the ambition of stopping women dying from the disease by 2050, Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.