Senior team

Cathy Yelf

Chief Executive

Cathy Yelf has been chief executive of the Macular Society since February 2015, having first joined the Society in 2008 as head of external relations. Before working in the charity sector, Cathy had a long career in journalism, mainly at the BBC. She is also a Trustee of Action Against Age-related Macular Degeneration, a collaboration of four sight loss charities established to find new therapies to stop early AMD developing into the blinding forms and sits on the Executive Council of the Association of Medical Research Charities.

Emma Malcolm

Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Emma joined the Society in 2018 as the director of fundraising and marketing, previously holding the position of associate director of fundraising and supporter engagement at Rethink Mental Illness. She began her career with the Royal Academy of Music and has also held senior positions with Prostate Action, Prostate Cancer Research Foundation and Dyslexia Action. In her role at the Society Emma is responsible for leading the fundraising and marketing to achieve our ambition to Beat Macular Disease.

Maria Storesund

Head of Regions

Maria is a results driven individual who is passionate about changing people’s lives and providing a quality service. Before joining the Macular Society Maria worked for a national charity, whose ambition was to end the isolation endured by adults who have sight loss. She established and supported over 200 groups, created partnerships and undertook collaborative projects with other organisations and individuals working with visually impaired people across the UK. As the head of regions, Maria develops and delivers regional services across the UK.

Karen Noble

Head of Finance

Karen joined the Society in 2013. She began her career in professional practice and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993, predominantly leading audits for charity clients. In her role at the Society Karen is responsible for all aspects of the charity’s financial management, statutory compliance and controls implementation.

John McKay

Head of CRM, Data & Insight

John joined the Society in 2019 as the head of CRM, data and insight, previously a Senior Manager for Virgin Media. He has been in the Corporate world most of his career working for Close Brothers, Vodafone, Various Consulting roles and Barclays. He deals with a lot of the key activities to do with our technical requirements for the Society including, IT, telephony & the CRM system.

Zaga Makhecha

HR Manager

Zaga joined the Macular Society in January 2020 to cover a period of maternity leave, having previously spent 12 years at University of London; her earlier career includes HR manager posts at Turning Point and Whizz-Kidz. In her role at the Society, Zaga is managing the HR function to enable the employees to achieve our ambition to Beat Macular Disease.