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

  • Lesley Howells

    Lesley Howells

    Centre Head and Consultant Clinical Psychologist
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  • Lorna McGoldrick

    Lorna McGoldrick

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Karen MacKinnon

    Karen MacKinnon

    Cancer Support Specialist
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Lesley Howells

Centre Head and Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Maggie's is the most effective environment for supporting the emotional well-being of ordinary people facing the practical, emotional and family demands of cancer.



I worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS for 18 years before joining Maggie’s. I specialised in working with people juggling the demands of chronic physical health problems such as cancer, diabetes and cystic fibrosis.

Lorna McGoldrick

Cancer Support Specialist

My role is about meeting people when they walk through the door and helping them recognise what support they need to live with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Often this is about identifying what they can take control of, when everything feels so out of control. Listening to each individual situation and acknowledging their individual experiences is vital. Then, together we try to figure out what might support them through this new confusing and challenging territory.

I also act as a guide about what to expect from treatments, different stages of the cancer journey and how to negotiate NHS systems. In addition I co-facilitate several of our courses and support groups, particularly those on stress management and bereavement.

At Maggie’s, I see the best of human nature: people reaching out to one another, showing kindness, courage, strength, incredible spirit and huge generosity despite really difficult circumstances.

Karen MacKinnon

Cancer Support Specialist

One of the most important aspects of my role is to provide a warm welcome for people dropping in to Maggie’s. Introducing new people to our Centre, our courses and workshops is a key aspect of my job, which I enjoy hugely. I am part of a team who work hard to create a supportive environment for our visitors, helping people to feel relaxed and comfortable within our Centre.

Having worked as a therapeutic radiographer for 20 years I am aware of the emotional and psychological challenges that people dealing with cancer often face. I am always keen to encourage our visitors to seek support and practical information, which can be so helpful when facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

I love being part of an organisation that helps! Before Maggie’s there were very few opportunities for people with cancer in Dundee to meet and gain important insights and support from each other. Maggie’s makes this possible and offers invaluable support to family members as well.

  • Sheila Kidd

    Sheila Kidd

    Benefits Advisor
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  • Joy McGilvray

    Joy McGilvray

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Jayne Wilding

    Jayne Wilding

    Writing Facilitator
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Sheila Kidd

Benefits Advisor

I offer benefits advice to anyone with cancer and their carers. I help people to work out what benefits they may be entitled to and offer practical help with the processes of filling in complex forms.

It’s great to work in such a lovely building and to be able to offer free and friendly advice in a relaxed atmosphere.

Taking away some of the stress that people are experiencing – that’s the best thing about my job.

Joy McGilvray

Cancer Support Specialist

My role is to support people affected by the diagnosis of cancer. I am here to make sure that people have time and space to talk freely about their concerns and how they are feeling; helping them live with and beyond their diagnosis. I am involved with running a range of groups and help people to access information and the practical support that we offer.

I worked in the Edinburgh Cancer Centre as a chemotherapy nurse for many years and feel privileged to be a part of the Maggie’s team and to meet so many interesting and inspirational people.  Maggie’s is so important as it provides individuals a safe, calming space can use to feel supported and valued – the space is invaluable and can make a huge difference in coping with the diagnosis and treatments involved.

Jayne Wilding

Writing Facilitator

I introduce people to the idea of using writing for health and well-being through writing workshops at Maggie’s Fife and Maggie’s Dundee. I also run journal workshops which can be a great way to get started.

Writing can be very helpful during times of great change. No previous experience is necessary and you don’t have to be a writer or be good at English to come along.

It’s a privilege to work with the people I meet at Maggie’s; they are the best thing about my job.

  • Rebecca Stott

    Rebecca Stott

    Fundraising Organiser
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Rebecca Stott

Fundraising Organiser

It’s my job to work with supporters to raise funds for Maggie’s Dundee. I offer advice and tools to ensure our amazing supporters in the area are successful in their fundraising. 

The best bit about my role is meeting new people everyday and hearing their inspiring stories.

Working at Maggie’s is both challenging and rewarding but watching people benefit from our hard work makes it worthwhile.

Lesley Howells

Lesley Howells

Centre Head and Consultant Clinical Psychologist
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Maggie's is the most effective environment for supporting the emotional well-being of ordinary people facing the practical, emotional and family demands of cancer.



I worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS for 18 years before joining Maggie’s. I specialised in working with people juggling the demands of chronic physical health problems such as cancer, diabetes and cystic fibrosis.

Lorna McGoldrick

Lorna McGoldrick

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role is about meeting people when they walk through the door and helping them recognise what support they need to live with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Often this is about identifying what they can take control of, when everything feels so out of control. Listening to each individual situation and acknowledging their individual experiences is vital. Then, together we try to figure out what might support them through this new confusing and challenging territory.

I also act as a guide about what to expect from treatments, different stages of the cancer journey and how to negotiate NHS systems. In addition I co-facilitate several of our courses and support groups, particularly those on stress management and bereavement.

At Maggie’s, I see the best of human nature: people reaching out to one another, showing kindness, courage, strength, incredible spirit and huge generosity despite really difficult circumstances.

Karen MacKinnon

Karen MacKinnon

Cancer Support Specialist
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One of the most important aspects of my role is to provide a warm welcome for people dropping in to Maggie’s. Introducing new people to our Centre, our courses and workshops is a key aspect of my job, which I enjoy hugely. I am part of a team who work hard to create a supportive environment for our visitors, helping people to feel relaxed and comfortable within our Centre.

Having worked as a therapeutic radiographer for 20 years I am aware of the emotional and psychological challenges that people dealing with cancer often face. I am always keen to encourage our visitors to seek support and practical information, which can be so helpful when facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

I love being part of an organisation that helps! Before Maggie’s there were very few opportunities for people with cancer in Dundee to meet and gain important insights and support from each other. Maggie’s makes this possible and offers invaluable support to family members as well.

Sheila Kidd

Sheila Kidd

Benefits Advisor
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I offer benefits advice to anyone with cancer and their carers. I help people to work out what benefits they may be entitled to and offer practical help with the processes of filling in complex forms.

It’s great to work in such a lovely building and to be able to offer free and friendly advice in a relaxed atmosphere.

Taking away some of the stress that people are experiencing – that’s the best thing about my job.

Joy McGilvray

Joy McGilvray

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role is to support people affected by the diagnosis of cancer. I am here to make sure that people have time and space to talk freely about their concerns and how they are feeling; helping them live with and beyond their diagnosis. I am involved with running a range of groups and help people to access information and the practical support that we offer.

I worked in the Edinburgh Cancer Centre as a chemotherapy nurse for many years and feel privileged to be a part of the Maggie’s team and to meet so many interesting and inspirational people.  Maggie’s is so important as it provides individuals a safe, calming space can use to feel supported and valued – the space is invaluable and can make a huge difference in coping with the diagnosis and treatments involved.

Jayne Wilding

Jayne Wilding

Writing Facilitator
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I introduce people to the idea of using writing for health and well-being through writing workshops at Maggie’s Fife and Maggie’s Dundee. I also run journal workshops which can be a great way to get started.

Writing can be very helpful during times of great change. No previous experience is necessary and you don’t have to be a writer or be good at English to come along.

It’s a privilege to work with the people I meet at Maggie’s; they are the best thing about my job.

Rebecca Stott

Rebecca Stott

Fundraising Organiser
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It’s my job to work with supporters to raise funds for Maggie’s Dundee. I offer advice and tools to ensure our amazing supporters in the area are successful in their fundraising. 

The best bit about my role is meeting new people everyday and hearing their inspiring stories.

Working at Maggie’s is both challenging and rewarding but watching people benefit from our hard work makes it worthwhile.