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

  • Andrew Anderson

    Andrew Anderson

    Centre Head
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  • Peter Kravitz

    Peter Kravitz

    Psychotherapist
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  • Deidre Carr

    Deidre Carr

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist
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Andrew Anderson

Centre Head

I am part of an amazing team at Maggie’s Edinburgh. Most of my job is providing direct support to people coming to the Centre – drop in support, one-to-one appointments, couple and family work along with groups, courses and workshops. I also am here to support and manage the team of professionals and volunteers that make the Centre so brilliant.

Maggie’s provides essential space for people, for their hearts and minds. Having the freedom and time to focus on what each person coming to the Centre is looking for means we can provide really meaningful support.

It’s the best job ever.

Peter Kravitz

Psychotherapist

I work about 50/50 with couples and individuals. When someone has experienced significant distress or trauma prior to their diagnosis the specialist staff in the Centre will refer them to me. People may see me for a few sessions or a year or two. They may return to their life for a number of years knowing there is somewhere supportive where they can return they need to.

Maggie’s provides a space where people can reflect on the - often massive - life transitions that they are experiencing, supported as intensely or as lightly as they need to be. I also value the holistic approach that Maggie’s has, offering so much from the talking therapies and Tai Chi to benefits advice and teaching about nutrition.

I like the fact that such attention is paid to beauty and light in the Centres, and how this lifts the experience of being there out of anything that could be described as institutional.

Deidre Carr

Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist

My role is to help people find their way through the complex and often very frightening challenges that cancer brings.

Cancer can throw life into unpredictability, fear and even chaos. The emotional demands it makes on sufferers and their loved ones are very difficult. I believe that we all have an untapped wellspring of strength and wisdom to meet the difficult experiences life can hand out, so what at first seems unbearable can become bearable and even meaningful.

From the first day I walked into Maggie’s Edinburgh I wanted to work here. I was inspired by the atmosphere of warmth and openness and the wholehearted professional support offering in an innovative, creative and dynamic way. Every aspect of the support we offer has evolved from a deep listening to and understanding of what people affected by cancer need. That makes it vital and alive.

The honesty and courage of people make everyday meaningful, rewarding and inspiring. The tremendous team support and camaraderie make even the hardest days special.

  • Yvonne M McIntosh

    Yvonne M McIntosh

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Isabel Ryan

    Isabel Ryan

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Anne Foster

    Anne Foster

    Benefits Advisor
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Yvonne M McIntosh

Cancer Support Specialist

Each day is very varied: I may see people who have made appointments or who have dropped into Maggie’s for the first time or are returning to discuss aspects of their care or the impact that cancer has on their life. I was an oncology nurse for 23 years so I have a good understanding of the physical and emotional effects of a diagnosis both on the person diagnosed and the whole family.

Maggie’s provides an environment that feels safe and open as well as helping with the very practical aspects of managing through diagnosis, treatment and afterwards. It has professional knowledgeable staff who offer help compassionately.

My inspiration comes from every individual who walks in the door of Maggie’s seeking some kind of understanding of what is happening.

The best thing about my job is watching people build strength and steadiness from within themselves, despite the difficulties and uncertainties exist with a diagnosis of cancer.

Although I have been known to talk a lot, I love stillness and quiet spaces.

Isabel Ryan

Cancer Support Specialist

My day to day role involves offering a safe, protected and unhurried space for people with cancer and their families to ask questions about their cancer and cancer treatments and to reflect upon and make sense of the often profound effect that cancer has upon their lives. My role also involves taking relaxation and meditation groups, facilitating support groups and co-facilitating courses and workshops.

Having been a nurse in palliative care and acute oncology for a number of years I have always felt passionate about supporting people affected by cancer. The best part of my job is seeing people grow in strength, wisdom and confidence and witnessing how a cancer experience can become a part of but not all of people’s lives.

I love being a part of such a dedicated, skilled and compassionate team in a wonderfully homely, comforting and uplifting space. When individuals, couples and families trust you with their fears and vulnerabilities, that’s a real privilege.

Anne Foster

Benefits Advisor

I am the Benefits Advisor at Maggie’s Edinburgh and Maggie’s Fife. I help people to understand what they are entitled to and help them navigate the benefits process, from completing benefit claim forms and throughout the whole claims process.

People get very concerned about their financial situation and intimidated by paperwork and claims; you can see them physically relax when you say that you are going to fill the claim form in for them.

My mum had cancer and I found that you can be so stressed by the diagnosis and treatment that the last thing on your mind is entitlements to benefits, and the additional stress of making a claim.

Seeing the difference to people’s lives when they’re awarded the benefits they’re due: that’s the best thing about my job.

  • Kellie Anderson

    Kellie Anderson

    Nutrition Advisor
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  • Michael Smith

    Michael Smith

    Exercise specialist
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  • Mark Cooper

    Mark Cooper

    Centre Fundraising Manager
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Kellie Anderson

Nutrition Advisor

I run workshops where, over a plant-based lunch, we discuss nutrition and eating well before, during and after treatment. I also see individuals with specific needs during treatment and lead healthy weight management workshops looking at the emotional and practical aspects of eating well post-treatment.

I love feeling like I am helping to motivate people to help themselves in such a practical and do-able way; they are often relieved to hear that you don’t have to embark on specific and gruelling diets to help get through treatment.

When the opportunity to work at Maggie’s came up I jumped at the chance. And I haven’t looked back. A great decision.

I also write a healthy food blog, www.kelliesfoodtoglow.com. People on my courses wanted to have information they could share with friends and family who couldn’t get to a Maggie’s. The blog is for anyone who wants to eat a varied and adventurous plant-based diet, with an updated section for anyone with cancer, and their families and friends.

Michael Smith

Exercise specialist

I take an exercise session every week on the “Where Now?” programme. I also do a talk on exercise during one of the sessions.

When a client was diagnosed with breast cancer it opened my eyes. I came to the Maggie’s Centre to try and help people recover from treatments and regain confidence in their bodies and fitness.

Helping people to see that exercise is fun and improved fitness is possible after treatments is the best thing about my job. I love the Maggie’s vibe.

Maggie’s is a safe, positive and relaxed environment where people can truly be themselves. I think everyone needs somewhere like that.

Mark Cooper

Centre Fundraising Manager

I’m responsible for building and nurturing new and existing relationships with supporters of Maggie’s Edinburgh. The objective is not only to maximise income for the Centre, but also to give the supporter the most memorable of experiences. As a professional fundraiser, the supporter always comes first because without them this wonderful charity would not exist.

I get to meet and work with so many remarkable people at Maggie’s. From the fundraisers to the programme staff themselves, everyone is so dedicated and genuinely care about what they are doing

A Centre visitor once said to me that she could not imagine how she would have got through cancer without the support of Maggie’s. You can’t put a price on it, it’s such a vitally important organization.

Like most people, I’ve been touched by cancer in my life. I once ran from Amsterdam to Barcelona in memory of my Mother – it’s why I’m a fundraiser today.

  • Amy Robertson

    Amy Robertson

    Centre Fundraiser
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  • Ellie Rossiter

    Ellie Rossiter

    Fundraising Organiser
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Amy Robertson

Centre Fundraiser

As fundraising organiser, a major part of my job is to provide ideas and support for anyone planning to fundraise for Maggie's. Accepting donations and hearing stories of why people have been inspired to fundraise constantly confirms the value of Maggie's Centres and the vital role it performs in helping people affected by cancer.

Volunteering for Maggie's and visiting the Centre made me rethink my whole career path. I volunteered for a number of charities, did a few courses, and feel very lucky to now be doing such a rewarding job at Maggie's.

I love stepping into such a beautiful building every morning, meeting the many people who come into the Centre, and working in such a homely and supportive environment.

Ellie Rossiter

Fundraising Organiser

My role at Maggie’s Edinburgh is to support visitors who want to raise money for the Centre.

Before working as part of the Edinburgh team I was based in Maggie’s Newcastle and I feel very lucky to be able to continue working for Maggie’s after relocating.

I have been involved in some wonderful projects from charity nights, to extreme challenge walks and even auctioning a holiday! I love how no two days are the same. You never know who is going to drop in and what you are about to get involved with. 

The best part of my job is meeting new people everyday and having the privilege to talk to them and find out what inspired their fundraising. 

I think Maggie's is so important because we offer what no other cancer support service does. 

Andrew Anderson

Andrew Anderson

Centre Head
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I am part of an amazing team at Maggie’s Edinburgh. Most of my job is providing direct support to people coming to the Centre – drop in support, one-to-one appointments, couple and family work along with groups, courses and workshops. I also am here to support and manage the team of professionals and volunteers that make the Centre so brilliant.

Maggie’s provides essential space for people, for their hearts and minds. Having the freedom and time to focus on what each person coming to the Centre is looking for means we can provide really meaningful support.

It’s the best job ever.

Peter Kravitz

Peter Kravitz

Psychotherapist
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I work about 50/50 with couples and individuals. When someone has experienced significant distress or trauma prior to their diagnosis the specialist staff in the Centre will refer them to me. People may see me for a few sessions or a year or two. They may return to their life for a number of years knowing there is somewhere supportive where they can return they need to.

Maggie’s provides a space where people can reflect on the - often massive - life transitions that they are experiencing, supported as intensely or as lightly as they need to be. I also value the holistic approach that Maggie’s has, offering so much from the talking therapies and Tai Chi to benefits advice and teaching about nutrition.

I like the fact that such attention is paid to beauty and light in the Centres, and how this lifts the experience of being there out of anything that could be described as institutional.

Deidre Carr

Deidre Carr

Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist
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My role is to help people find their way through the complex and often very frightening challenges that cancer brings.

Cancer can throw life into unpredictability, fear and even chaos. The emotional demands it makes on sufferers and their loved ones are very difficult. I believe that we all have an untapped wellspring of strength and wisdom to meet the difficult experiences life can hand out, so what at first seems unbearable can become bearable and even meaningful.

From the first day I walked into Maggie’s Edinburgh I wanted to work here. I was inspired by the atmosphere of warmth and openness and the wholehearted professional support offering in an innovative, creative and dynamic way. Every aspect of the support we offer has evolved from a deep listening to and understanding of what people affected by cancer need. That makes it vital and alive.

The honesty and courage of people make everyday meaningful, rewarding and inspiring. The tremendous team support and camaraderie make even the hardest days special.

Yvonne M McIntosh

Yvonne M McIntosh

Cancer Support Specialist
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Each day is very varied: I may see people who have made appointments or who have dropped into Maggie’s for the first time or are returning to discuss aspects of their care or the impact that cancer has on their life. I was an oncology nurse for 23 years so I have a good understanding of the physical and emotional effects of a diagnosis both on the person diagnosed and the whole family.

Maggie’s provides an environment that feels safe and open as well as helping with the very practical aspects of managing through diagnosis, treatment and afterwards. It has professional knowledgeable staff who offer help compassionately.

My inspiration comes from every individual who walks in the door of Maggie’s seeking some kind of understanding of what is happening.

The best thing about my job is watching people build strength and steadiness from within themselves, despite the difficulties and uncertainties exist with a diagnosis of cancer.

Although I have been known to talk a lot, I love stillness and quiet spaces.

Isabel Ryan

Isabel Ryan

Cancer Support Specialist
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My day to day role involves offering a safe, protected and unhurried space for people with cancer and their families to ask questions about their cancer and cancer treatments and to reflect upon and make sense of the often profound effect that cancer has upon their lives. My role also involves taking relaxation and meditation groups, facilitating support groups and co-facilitating courses and workshops.

Having been a nurse in palliative care and acute oncology for a number of years I have always felt passionate about supporting people affected by cancer. The best part of my job is seeing people grow in strength, wisdom and confidence and witnessing how a cancer experience can become a part of but not all of people’s lives.

I love being a part of such a dedicated, skilled and compassionate team in a wonderfully homely, comforting and uplifting space. When individuals, couples and families trust you with their fears and vulnerabilities, that’s a real privilege.

Anne Foster

Anne Foster

Benefits Advisor
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I am the Benefits Advisor at Maggie’s Edinburgh and Maggie’s Fife. I help people to understand what they are entitled to and help them navigate the benefits process, from completing benefit claim forms and throughout the whole claims process.

People get very concerned about their financial situation and intimidated by paperwork and claims; you can see them physically relax when you say that you are going to fill the claim form in for them.

My mum had cancer and I found that you can be so stressed by the diagnosis and treatment that the last thing on your mind is entitlements to benefits, and the additional stress of making a claim.

Seeing the difference to people’s lives when they’re awarded the benefits they’re due: that’s the best thing about my job.

Kellie Anderson

Kellie Anderson

Nutrition Advisor
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I run workshops where, over a plant-based lunch, we discuss nutrition and eating well before, during and after treatment. I also see individuals with specific needs during treatment and lead healthy weight management workshops looking at the emotional and practical aspects of eating well post-treatment.

I love feeling like I am helping to motivate people to help themselves in such a practical and do-able way; they are often relieved to hear that you don’t have to embark on specific and gruelling diets to help get through treatment.

When the opportunity to work at Maggie’s came up I jumped at the chance. And I haven’t looked back. A great decision.

I also write a healthy food blog, www.kelliesfoodtoglow.com. People on my courses wanted to have information they could share with friends and family who couldn’t get to a Maggie’s. The blog is for anyone who wants to eat a varied and adventurous plant-based diet, with an updated section for anyone with cancer, and their families and friends.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Exercise specialist
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I take an exercise session every week on the “Where Now?” programme. I also do a talk on exercise during one of the sessions.

When a client was diagnosed with breast cancer it opened my eyes. I came to the Maggie’s Centre to try and help people recover from treatments and regain confidence in their bodies and fitness.

Helping people to see that exercise is fun and improved fitness is possible after treatments is the best thing about my job. I love the Maggie’s vibe.

Maggie’s is a safe, positive and relaxed environment where people can truly be themselves. I think everyone needs somewhere like that.

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

Centre Fundraising Manager
Accordian open icon Accordian closed icon

I’m responsible for building and nurturing new and existing relationships with supporters of Maggie’s Edinburgh. The objective is not only to maximise income for the Centre, but also to give the supporter the most memorable of experiences. As a professional fundraiser, the supporter always comes first because without them this wonderful charity would not exist.

I get to meet and work with so many remarkable people at Maggie’s. From the fundraisers to the programme staff themselves, everyone is so dedicated and genuinely care about what they are doing

A Centre visitor once said to me that she could not imagine how she would have got through cancer without the support of Maggie’s. You can’t put a price on it, it’s such a vitally important organization.

Like most people, I’ve been touched by cancer in my life. I once ran from Amsterdam to Barcelona in memory of my Mother – it’s why I’m a fundraiser today.

Amy Robertson

Amy Robertson

Centre Fundraiser
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As fundraising organiser, a major part of my job is to provide ideas and support for anyone planning to fundraise for Maggie's. Accepting donations and hearing stories of why people have been inspired to fundraise constantly confirms the value of Maggie's Centres and the vital role it performs in helping people affected by cancer.

Volunteering for Maggie's and visiting the Centre made me rethink my whole career path. I volunteered for a number of charities, did a few courses, and feel very lucky to now be doing such a rewarding job at Maggie's.

I love stepping into such a beautiful building every morning, meeting the many people who come into the Centre, and working in such a homely and supportive environment.

Ellie Rossiter

Ellie Rossiter

Fundraising Organiser
Accordian open icon Accordian closed icon

My role at Maggie’s Edinburgh is to support visitors who want to raise money for the Centre.

Before working as part of the Edinburgh team I was based in Maggie’s Newcastle and I feel very lucky to be able to continue working for Maggie’s after relocating.

I have been involved in some wonderful projects from charity nights, to extreme challenge walks and even auctioning a holiday! I love how no two days are the same. You never know who is going to drop in and what you are about to get involved with. 

The best part of my job is meeting new people everyday and having the privilege to talk to them and find out what inspired their fundraising. 

I think Maggie's is so important because we offer what no other cancer support service does.