Meet the team

Your Maggie’s Centre is staffed by friendly professionals who can help you find the support you need. Their expertise is freely available to you in one-to-one sessions, workshops or supportive groups.

Read more about our team below – and find out who they are and how they can help. 

  • Susan Sutherland

    Susan Sutherland

    Centre Head
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  • Diana Goldie

    Diana Goldie

    Benefits Advisor
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  • Jenny Makinson

    Jenny Makinson

    Clinical Psychologist
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Susan Sutherland

Centre Head

As Centre Head at Maggie’s Aberdeen, I have a busy and varied role to play. As well as being responsible for the day to day management of the Centre, our staff and our team of wonderful volunteers, I also work on developing and delivering our programme of support.

Maggie’s offers help to anyone affected cancer at a time and a pace that best suits them. This is achieved in a very special space which, although in close proximity to the hospital, is in no way a clinical environment.

Diana Goldie

Benefits Advisor

A cancer diagnosis can lead to anxieties about associated increased living costs, at a time when a person’s income has usually been reduced. My role is to assist people navigate the benefits system and access their full benefit entitlement.

Maggie’s is important because each Centre is able provide both emotional and practical support to the people who visit. As this support is provided without charge, access is open to all people who have been affected by cancer. I really love being able to help people at such a difficult point in their lives.

Jenny Makinson

Clinical Psychologist

My role is to help those affected by cancer to navigate the psychological challenges this brings, to alleviate distress and encourage wellbeing. I deliver this support by working with individuals and couples, as well as in facilitating programme groups, general discussion with Centre visitors, and by contributing to the general environment at Maggie’s.

As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained in a variety of different models and approaches, and tailor this to the individual’s needs. Common themes which arise are loss and bereavement, self-image and identity, fear and uncertainty, and the various impacts on relationships.

I find the ethos of Maggie’s so appealing, and whole-heartedly believe in the focus on wellbeing, active participation, and accessibility.

I feel that Maggie’s has hit on what humans feel, experience, and need in the face of something as potentially challenging as cancer, and provides a unique place for this to be accepted and contained.

  • Megan Davies

    Megan Davies

    Centre Fundraising Organiser
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  • Paula Cormack

    Paula Cormack

    Fundraising Manager
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  • Tina Faulkner Elders

    Tina Faulkner Elders

    Qi Gong instructor
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Megan Davies

Centre Fundraising Organiser

I am based in the Centre and I support anyone who wants to fundraise for Maggie’s Aberdeen. When people come in to the centre who want to fundraise, I am the first person they will meet. We have a chat about their ideas and I’ll help them get the most from their event or challenge. I also work with the Fundraising Manager and programme staff to organise centre events and spread the word of Maggie’s.

Maggie’s provides a completely different environment to the hospital. It is nice to see that visitors feel so comfortable here, like it is their own home. A unique and vital part of Maggie’s is that it is a drop in centre so we can support people with cancer, their friends and family when they need it most.

Paula Cormack

Fundraising Manager

My role at Maggie’s is to develop and nurture relationships with our supporters (both new and long-standing), to help them get the most out of their fundraising efforts. It is not just about helping supporters maximise the financial return from their fundraising activities (although this is clearly very important!) it is also about making sure the whole fundraising experience is as fun and rewarding as possible.  

I get to meet really inspiring people and to work with them on some very exciting projects and events. The best thing about my job, however, is knowing that my efforts are supporting an incredibly good cause.

Maggie’s is special in so many ways, the buildings, the people, the culture and the atmosphere. Maggie’s is here for everyone and anyone facing the challenges of cancer, providing vital support to people at the time when they most need it. In short, Maggie’s is unique.

Tina Faulkner Elders

Qi Gong instructor

Qi Gong is about taking an active role in your health and welbeing. Through learning to control your movements and breathe correctly, your mind becomes calm and focused and your body relaxes. I teach Qi Gong movements that peope can take home and practise.By the end of class everybody is more relaxed and less stressed. And everybody has a smile on their face.

It is amazing to be part of the Maggie's team. I have been inspired by the building; its design, beauty and comfort. The dedication and warmth of the staff and volunteers is also very uplifting. You feel better just walking through the door.

Susan Sutherland

Susan Sutherland

Centre Head
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As Centre Head at Maggie’s Aberdeen, I have a busy and varied role to play. As well as being responsible for the day to day management of the Centre, our staff and our team of wonderful volunteers, I also work on developing and delivering our programme of support.

Maggie’s offers help to anyone affected cancer at a time and a pace that best suits them. This is achieved in a very special space which, although in close proximity to the hospital, is in no way a clinical environment.

Diana Goldie

Diana Goldie

Benefits Advisor
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A cancer diagnosis can lead to anxieties about associated increased living costs, at a time when a person’s income has usually been reduced. My role is to assist people navigate the benefits system and access their full benefit entitlement.

Maggie’s is important because each Centre is able provide both emotional and practical support to the people who visit. As this support is provided without charge, access is open to all people who have been affected by cancer. I really love being able to help people at such a difficult point in their lives.

Jenny Makinson

Jenny Makinson

Clinical Psychologist
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My role is to help those affected by cancer to navigate the psychological challenges this brings, to alleviate distress and encourage wellbeing. I deliver this support by working with individuals and couples, as well as in facilitating programme groups, general discussion with Centre visitors, and by contributing to the general environment at Maggie’s.

As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained in a variety of different models and approaches, and tailor this to the individual’s needs. Common themes which arise are loss and bereavement, self-image and identity, fear and uncertainty, and the various impacts on relationships.

I find the ethos of Maggie’s so appealing, and whole-heartedly believe in the focus on wellbeing, active participation, and accessibility.

I feel that Maggie’s has hit on what humans feel, experience, and need in the face of something as potentially challenging as cancer, and provides a unique place for this to be accepted and contained.

Megan Davies

Megan Davies

Centre Fundraising Organiser
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I am based in the Centre and I support anyone who wants to fundraise for Maggie’s Aberdeen. When people come in to the centre who want to fundraise, I am the first person they will meet. We have a chat about their ideas and I’ll help them get the most from their event or challenge. I also work with the Fundraising Manager and programme staff to organise centre events and spread the word of Maggie’s.

Maggie’s provides a completely different environment to the hospital. It is nice to see that visitors feel so comfortable here, like it is their own home. A unique and vital part of Maggie’s is that it is a drop in centre so we can support people with cancer, their friends and family when they need it most.

Paula Cormack

Paula Cormack

Fundraising Manager
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My role at Maggie’s is to develop and nurture relationships with our supporters (both new and long-standing), to help them get the most out of their fundraising efforts. It is not just about helping supporters maximise the financial return from their fundraising activities (although this is clearly very important!) it is also about making sure the whole fundraising experience is as fun and rewarding as possible.  

I get to meet really inspiring people and to work with them on some very exciting projects and events. The best thing about my job, however, is knowing that my efforts are supporting an incredibly good cause.

Maggie’s is special in so many ways, the buildings, the people, the culture and the atmosphere. Maggie’s is here for everyone and anyone facing the challenges of cancer, providing vital support to people at the time when they most need it. In short, Maggie’s is unique.

Tina Faulkner Elders

Tina Faulkner Elders

Qi Gong instructor
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Qi Gong is about taking an active role in your health and welbeing. Through learning to control your movements and breathe correctly, your mind becomes calm and focused and your body relaxes. I teach Qi Gong movements that peope can take home and practise.By the end of class everybody is more relaxed and less stressed. And everybody has a smile on their face.

It is amazing to be part of the Maggie's team. I have been inspired by the building; its design, beauty and comfort. The dedication and warmth of the staff and volunteers is also very uplifting. You feel better just walking through the door.