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

  • Tom Lamb

    Tom Lamb

    Benefits Advisor
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  • Marie Manzi

    Marie Manzi

    Centre Head
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  • Cristina Pouso

    Cristina Pouso

    Centre Fundraising Manager
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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.

Marie Manzi

Centre Head

I have been in post as Centre Head at Maggie’s Forth Valley since September 2016. 

It has been an exciting time with lots of changes. My role is a dual role, as at this time as I am also a Cancer Support Specialist. I provide emotional support and information for Centre visitors who have been affected by cancer. The role is varied and uses my previous experiences of 25 years in cancer care. I also have responsibility to lead a fantastic team including volunteers. There has been an overwhelming amount of support and dedication at the Centre, which is demonstrated in the increasing numbers attending the Centre.

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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  • Gayle Cobain

    Gayle Cobain

    Fundraising Organiser
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  • Misty Hannah

    Misty Hannah

    Tai Chi Practitioner
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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.

Gayle Cobain

Fundraising Organiser

My role is to support anyone who wants to fundraise for Maggie’s Forth Valley. I chat through supporter’s ideas with them and try to help them get the most from their event or challenge.

I also work with the Centre Fundraising Manager in organising and publicising our events and work closely with our volunteers and programme staff to help spread the work about the cancer support we offer. 

I love the work that Maggie’s do, so many people are affected by cancer these days and it affects people in so many different ways. Quite often people just need a bit of help and guidance or a place to go and gather their thoughts.  

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.

  • Kirsty Hall

    Kirsty Hall

    Yoga Teacher
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  • Anne Millard

    Anne Millard

    Relaxation Therapist
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Kirsty Hall

Yoga Teacher

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that Yoga offers many benefits, from reducing fatigue and improving your wellness and physical fitness, to building your confidence during and after cancer treatment.

 

We offer gentle, chair based Yoga classes, aimed at mobilisation and releasing held tension. They are suitable for all levels of experience and fitness; including people completely new to Yoga and those who feel they are too stiff to stretch.

 

We welcome anyone who has been affected by cancer, including people pre, during or post treatment - and those who support you. 

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.

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.

Marie Manzi

Marie Manzi

Centre Head
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I have been in post as Centre Head at Maggie’s Forth Valley since September 2016. 

It has been an exciting time with lots of changes. My role is a dual role, as at this time as I am also a Cancer Support Specialist. I provide emotional support and information for Centre visitors who have been affected by cancer. The role is varied and uses my previous experiences of 25 years in cancer care. I also have responsibility to lead a fantastic team including volunteers. There has been an overwhelming amount of support and dedication at the Centre, which is demonstrated in the increasing numbers attending the Centre.

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.

Gayle Cobain

Gayle Cobain

Fundraising Organiser
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My role is to support anyone who wants to fundraise for Maggie’s Forth Valley. I chat through supporter’s ideas with them and try to help them get the most from their event or challenge.

I also work with the Centre Fundraising Manager in organising and publicising our events and work closely with our volunteers and programme staff to help spread the work about the cancer support we offer. 

I love the work that Maggie’s do, so many people are affected by cancer these days and it affects people in so many different ways. Quite often people just need a bit of help and guidance or a place to go and gather their thoughts.  

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.

Kirsty Hall

Kirsty Hall

Yoga Teacher
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A growing body of evidence demonstrates that Yoga offers many benefits, from reducing fatigue and improving your wellness and physical fitness, to building your confidence during and after cancer treatment.

 

We offer gentle, chair based Yoga classes, aimed at mobilisation and releasing held tension. They are suitable for all levels of experience and fitness; including people completely new to Yoga and those who feel they are too stiff to stretch.

 

We welcome anyone who has been affected by cancer, including people pre, during or post treatment - and those who support you. 

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.