Chief Executive, Maggies
Laura Lee started her career as a Registered General Nurse and while working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, where she met and became Maggie Keswick Jencks’ cancer nurse during her treatment for secondary breast cancer. Maggie shared with Laura her vision of a cancer support centre in an uplifting environment where anyone with cancer could visit and access practical information, psychological and emotional support, to help them live well with cancer. At the time of Maggie’s death in 1995, Maggie, along with her husband Charles Jencks and Laura, had written a blueprint for the first Maggie’s centre. In 1996, the first Maggie’s centre opened on the grounds of the Western General in Edinburgh and Laura left her position in the NHS to become the Maggie’s Programme Director and Centre Head before being elected Maggie’s Chief Executive in 1998. There are now 24 centres across the UK and abroad, with more planned for the future. Maggie’s also has an online centre. Laura Lee was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honour List.