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 is responsible for leading the fundraising and marketing to achieve our ambition to Beat Macular Disease, and joined the Society in 2018. She has been a fundraiser for over twenty years, and is also a mental health first aider and a mentor for the Tony Elischer Foundation.

In her spare time she is a parkrun addict, both volunteering and running, and has run 3 of the world marathon majors, all be it very slowly but raising money along the way!

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.

Rebecca Ward

HR Manager

After 10 years of HR management roles within Engineering and Construction, and earlier HR roles within the NHS, Rebecca joined the society in 2018 to lead the HR function.

Rebecca’s role is to ensure all people processes enable our team members to achieve our shared ambition to Beat Macular Disease.

When not doing what she loves with the Society Rebecca’s time is spent on the main loves of her life – her young family and being outdoors, or a combination of both!

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 and 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.