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Careers in the Third Sector

Careers in the Third Sector

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From grassroots charities to global organisations, have you considered a career in the third sector? If you’re driven by passion for a cause and a desire to make a difference, it could be the right path for you.

This webinar will offer an insight into the sector’s benefits and challenges, as well as the wide-ranging career opportunities on offer. Our expert alumni panel will include CEO of Macmillan, Lynda Thomas (BA Psychology, 1986), CEO of Voluntary Health Scotland, Claire Stevens (BA English and German Literature, 1980) and Technical Officer of the World Health Organisation, Mayur Mandalia (BSc Biomedical Sciences, 2011 and MPH Public Health, 2012). As well as sharing their respective career journeys, they will offer advice on how to begin a successful career in the not-for-profit world. So sign up and don’t forget to submit your question for the panel in advance.

This live event will be recorded, and all those who have registered will get a link to the recording via email.



Professor Penny Roberts - Vice-Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Arts, University of Warwick

Professor Penny Roberts is Professor of early modern European History, Vice-Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Arts, and President of the Society for the Study of French History. She was formerly Director of the Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence, Chair of the Arts Graduate Studies Committee, and Deputy Head of the Department of History. Penny has published extensively on the social, cultural, religious and political history of sixteenth-century France, especially the period of its religious wars. Her main areas of research interest are truth and secrecy, peace-making and violence, religious minorities and their networks.




Lynda Thomas - CEO of Macmillan Cancer Support (BA Psychology, 1986)

Lynda Thomas CBE became the first female Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support in March 2015. In her 20 years at Macmillan, Lynda has worked in a range of roles, leading the organisation to become the most-loved charity in the UK; raise hundreds of millions of pounds to support people living with cancer; and secure ground-breaking reforms in cancer care, support and treatment. Lynda leads the sector as an advocate for cancer patients and is a member of the NHS Assembly. A fluent Welsh speaker, Lynda is also an independent board member for the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.



Claire Stevens - CEO of Voluntary Health Scotland (BA English and German Literature, 1980)

Driven by a strong commitment to social justice, Claire Stevens has held a wide range of executive and non-executive roles in Scotland’s third and public sectors in a career spanning welfare rights, homelessness, older people, children and young people, and social action. She is currently Chief Executive of Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS), Scotland’s national network and intermediary for third sector organisations active in creating health in communities. Under her leadership, VHS works to address health inequalities and realise the vision of a healthier, fairer Scotland served by a thriving voluntary health sector.

Claire is an elected Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health in 2020, Fellow of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations, Associate Member of the Royal Society for Public Health, and Full Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management. She is also currently a Trustee and Secretary of Arts Culture, Health and Wellbeing Scotland.



Mayur Mandalia - Technical Officer for World Health Organization (BSc Biomedical Sciences, 2011 and MPH Public Health, 2012)

After starting out as an Intern at the World Health Organization (WHO), Mayur did a short stint working with the International Committee of the Red Cross to support health response activities during humanitarian situations and national disasters. He then moved to work on diabetes policy with the International Diabetes Federation for the European Region, working on expanding diabetes prevention and care services across the continent.

After a few years, Mayur joined WHO to support health systems strengthening efforts in Africa, before moving to his current role in enhancing collaboration with the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa across various technical areas. Mayur is passionate about using his international experiences to improve the public health of communities across the globe.