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

  • Yvonne McIntosh

    Yvonne McIntosh

    Centre Head
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  • Tom Lamb

    Tom Lamb

    Benefits Advisor
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  • Cristina Pouso

    Cristina Pouso

    Centre Fundraising Manager
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Yvonne McIntosh

Centre Head

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.

Tom Lamb

Benefits Advisor

I have worked for many years in independent advice centres, including a Law Centre, which allows me to give experienced and empathetic practical support, including representation at a range of Tribunals. Also, working in Maggie’s allows me to support and advise Maggie’s visitors with other allied issues including negotiating with employers, considering housing matters, testamentary trusts and certain matters regarding equality and discrimination.

The welcoming environment of Maggie’s allied with the professionalism of my colleagues and volunteers makes sure every day is a good day. But it’s the opportunity to help people who are facing such change and the privilege I feel from supporting them that really makes working in Maggie’s the best.

Maggie’s has created an ethos that is centred on the person that comes through the door – and Maggie’s has stayed true to the objectives and approaches from the establishment of the first Centre. There are few organisations that have such integrity and where staff reflect this. 

There can be little doubt that Maggie’s gives vital support to all those effected by cancer and Maggie’s can change lives.

Cristina Pouso

Centre Fundraising Manager

My job at Maggie’s allows me to meet and work with some incredible people.  I’m responsible for developing our fundraising activity through new and existing partnerships and building on our supporter base across Forth Valley. 

 

What’s struck me since joining Maggie’s is the genuine commitment from our supporters in our community who are helping us raise the funds we need to deliver our free programme of emotional, practical and social support. It’s a real honour to see that our hard work to raise funds and awareness can make a real difference to the lives of our visitors and that’s what makes this job so rewarding.

  • Robin Parkinson

    Robin Parkinson

    Counselling Psychologist
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  • Misty Hannah

    Misty Hannah

    Tai Chi Practitioner
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  • Charlene Graham

    Charlene Graham

    Centre Fundraising Organiser
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Robin Parkinson

Counselling Psychologist

My role is to provide psychological support to Centre visitors during what is often the most difficult time in their lives. This could be by meeting on an individual basis or by participation in one of the many groups which Maggie’s provides.  The important thing is that people experience a safe and supportive space in which to talk through their concerns and receive help to explore ways of coping with the many challenges that can arise following a cancer diagnosis.

I was inspired to work for Maggie’s because the support it offers is so varied and so accessible to both people with cancer and also to their loved ones. The cancer journey can be scary and bewildering, so the calm and relaxed atmosphere of Maggie’s Centres can provide an important haven from the clinical environment.

The best thing about my job is being constantly inspired by the people I meet.  No two days are ever the same.

Misty Hannah

Tai Chi Practitioner

My role offers support that develops self care and resiliency through the practice of Tai Chi. There is a particular focus on the foundations of Tai Chi, known as Qi Gong which is at the heart of this practice.

These sessions are a time for slowing down and sensing what is happening in the moment to restore balance emotionally, mentally and in the whole body. I adapt sessions to the needs of the group while being attentive to each person. Through breath and movement awareness we explore meeting with what emerges with attention and sensitivity.

Living with cancer can be overwhelming and stressful. Practicing Tai Chi is a way to enhance the quality of life and to support and empower oneself while moving through these challenging experiences. I also suggest simple movements to practice at home which helps to integrate Tai Chi into daily life.

I am continually inspired to see people become more resourceful and active in their own treatment and recovery process. Each person I meet here brings new perspectives to how we can approach what it means to care for oneself.

I feel great joy to be part of Maggie’s and to share Tai Chi with so many wonderful people. This centre welcomes everyone, offering a sense of calm for all who visit.

Charlene Graham

Centre Fundraising Organiser

My role within the centre as part of the fundraising team involves working with volunteers and supporting them in their fundraising journey with Maggie's. It is my job to ensure they have a positive supporter experience whilst fundraising for us. I will also be part of the team responsible for fundraising events held within the centre to help continue the ongoing work within the centre.

I really enjoy getting to engage with centre users and hear their stories, and what has inspired them to fundraise for Maggie's. The centre is a very warm and welcoming place for all and I feel that this is echoed throughout the beautiful settings and surroundings in which the centre sits.

Maggie's offers a unique drop in environment for individuals to be supported throughout their cancer journey in a home from home type environment. Cancer is a really scary thing to face for the individual but also their friends and family too and Maggies offers a huge range of support for everyone, not just the individual with the diagnosis.

  • Anne Millard

    Anne Millard

    Relaxation Therapist
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  • Isobel Young

    Isobel Young

    Cancer Support Specialist
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Anne Millard

Relaxation Therapist

My role at Maggies is to provide weekly relaxation sessions.  As a yoga, relaxation and mindfulness teacher I draw on a range of techniques including using  music, visualisation , breathe and body awareness to help participants find some inner peace and calmness in the midst of everything that may be going on.
It is a privilege to be involved in the work of the Maggies Centre and to be able to provide relaxation sessions in such a calm and beautiful setting.

Isobel Young

Cancer Support Specialist

My role is to support people affected by the diagnosis of cancer. I am here to ensure 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 offer drop in support and help signpost people to the information and the practical support that we offer. I have worked with people affected by cancer for many years, in a variety of settings, initially in medical wards, and community hospitals. I moved into oncology in 2004 and was fortunate to work in acute settings, haematology, and specialised in Chemotherapy. This experience brought me to my current post in Maggie’s Forth Valley, a post I feel privileged to be in, to be part of the team and to meet so many interesting and inspirational people.

The aspect of my role I enjoy most is meeting people and welcoming them to the centre. It’s also very important to me that anyone affected by cancer can use Maggie’s and I feel very lucky that we’re able to extend our welcome to families and friends.

 

A diagnosis of cancer can plunge people into unknown territory and can lead to individuals facing complex issues. As soon as someone walks into Maggie’s, the team is here to support and empower people to make sense of the issues they are facing by providing expert, evidence based and person centred support.

Yvonne McIntosh

Yvonne McIntosh

Centre Head
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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.

Tom Lamb

Tom Lamb

Benefits Advisor
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I have worked for many years in independent advice centres, including a Law Centre, which allows me to give experienced and empathetic practical support, including representation at a range of Tribunals. Also, working in Maggie’s allows me to support and advise Maggie’s visitors with other allied issues including negotiating with employers, considering housing matters, testamentary trusts and certain matters regarding equality and discrimination.

The welcoming environment of Maggie’s allied with the professionalism of my colleagues and volunteers makes sure every day is a good day. But it’s the opportunity to help people who are facing such change and the privilege I feel from supporting them that really makes working in Maggie’s the best.

Maggie’s has created an ethos that is centred on the person that comes through the door – and Maggie’s has stayed true to the objectives and approaches from the establishment of the first Centre. There are few organisations that have such integrity and where staff reflect this. 

There can be little doubt that Maggie’s gives vital support to all those effected by cancer and Maggie’s can change lives.

Cristina Pouso

Cristina Pouso

Centre Fundraising Manager
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My job at Maggie’s allows me to meet and work with some incredible people.  I’m responsible for developing our fundraising activity through new and existing partnerships and building on our supporter base across Forth Valley. 

 

What’s struck me since joining Maggie’s is the genuine commitment from our supporters in our community who are helping us raise the funds we need to deliver our free programme of emotional, practical and social support. It’s a real honour to see that our hard work to raise funds and awareness can make a real difference to the lives of our visitors and that’s what makes this job so rewarding.

Robin Parkinson

Robin Parkinson

Counselling Psychologist
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My role is to provide psychological support to Centre visitors during what is often the most difficult time in their lives. This could be by meeting on an individual basis or by participation in one of the many groups which Maggie’s provides.  The important thing is that people experience a safe and supportive space in which to talk through their concerns and receive help to explore ways of coping with the many challenges that can arise following a cancer diagnosis.

I was inspired to work for Maggie’s because the support it offers is so varied and so accessible to both people with cancer and also to their loved ones. The cancer journey can be scary and bewildering, so the calm and relaxed atmosphere of Maggie’s Centres can provide an important haven from the clinical environment.

The best thing about my job is being constantly inspired by the people I meet.  No two days are ever the same.

Misty Hannah

Misty Hannah

Tai Chi Practitioner
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My role offers support that develops self care and resiliency through the practice of Tai Chi. There is a particular focus on the foundations of Tai Chi, known as Qi Gong which is at the heart of this practice.

These sessions are a time for slowing down and sensing what is happening in the moment to restore balance emotionally, mentally and in the whole body. I adapt sessions to the needs of the group while being attentive to each person. Through breath and movement awareness we explore meeting with what emerges with attention and sensitivity.

Living with cancer can be overwhelming and stressful. Practicing Tai Chi is a way to enhance the quality of life and to support and empower oneself while moving through these challenging experiences. I also suggest simple movements to practice at home which helps to integrate Tai Chi into daily life.

I am continually inspired to see people become more resourceful and active in their own treatment and recovery process. Each person I meet here brings new perspectives to how we can approach what it means to care for oneself.

I feel great joy to be part of Maggie’s and to share Tai Chi with so many wonderful people. This centre welcomes everyone, offering a sense of calm for all who visit.

Charlene Graham

Charlene Graham

Centre Fundraising Organiser
Accordian open icon Accordian closed icon

My role within the centre as part of the fundraising team involves working with volunteers and supporting them in their fundraising journey with Maggie's. It is my job to ensure they have a positive supporter experience whilst fundraising for us. I will also be part of the team responsible for fundraising events held within the centre to help continue the ongoing work within the centre.

I really enjoy getting to engage with centre users and hear their stories, and what has inspired them to fundraise for Maggie's. The centre is a very warm and welcoming place for all and I feel that this is echoed throughout the beautiful settings and surroundings in which the centre sits.

Maggie's offers a unique drop in environment for individuals to be supported throughout their cancer journey in a home from home type environment. Cancer is a really scary thing to face for the individual but also their friends and family too and Maggies offers a huge range of support for everyone, not just the individual with the diagnosis.

Anne Millard

Anne Millard

Relaxation Therapist
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My role at Maggies is to provide weekly relaxation sessions.  As a yoga, relaxation and mindfulness teacher I draw on a range of techniques including using  music, visualisation , breathe and body awareness to help participants find some inner peace and calmness in the midst of everything that may be going on.
It is a privilege to be involved in the work of the Maggies Centre and to be able to provide relaxation sessions in such a calm and beautiful setting.

Isobel Young

Isobel Young

Cancer Support Specialist
Accordian open icon Accordian closed icon

My role is to support people affected by the diagnosis of cancer. I am here to ensure 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 offer drop in support and help signpost people to the information and the practical support that we offer. I have worked with people affected by cancer for many years, in a variety of settings, initially in medical wards, and community hospitals. I moved into oncology in 2004 and was fortunate to work in acute settings, haematology, and specialised in Chemotherapy. This experience brought me to my current post in Maggie’s Forth Valley, a post I feel privileged to be in, to be part of the team and to meet so many interesting and inspirational people.

The aspect of my role I enjoy most is meeting people and welcoming them to the centre. It’s also very important to me that anyone affected by cancer can use Maggie’s and I feel very lucky that we’re able to extend our welcome to families and friends.

 

A diagnosis of cancer can plunge people into unknown territory and can lead to individuals facing complex issues. As soon as someone walks into Maggie’s, the team is here to support and empower people to make sense of the issues they are facing by providing expert, evidence based and person centred support.