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. 

  • Seonaid Green

    Seonaid Green

    Centre Head
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  • Pamela Wright

    Pamela Wright

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Catarina Baptista

    Catarina Baptista

    Clinical Psychologist
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Seonaid Green

Centre Head

Working as part of an amazing team of professionals, I offer support to anyone visiting the Centre who is trying to make sense of the emotional, practical or physical effects of cancer. The unique space and the people and families who visit us each day make the Centre such a special place to work.

I'm also here to support and manage our wonderful team of professionals, volunteers and sessional staff, and to oversee the day to day running of the Centre itself.

Being trusted with peoples fears and vulnerabilities each and every day is such a privilege, and makes Maggie's a powerful and unique place, where people can effect real and lasting change to their sense of wellbeing.

Pamela Wright

Cancer Support Specialist

My role is to provide support to anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer.

Helping people to maintain emotional wellbeing is such an important part of what we do at Maggie’s, whether by just being with the person or signposting them to different aspects of our support. People tell us that cancer makes them feel incredibly isolated; having a space where you are actively listened to in an open and supportive way where you can just sit quietly, or meet others who may have had similar experiences, can help people feel like they are not alone.

As a nurse it is a privilege to work with a wonderful team in a truly therapeutic environment to empower people when living with cancer.

Catarina Baptista

Clinical Psychologist

My role is to work with the team to provide a safe and supportive space for people facing the emotional challenges of cancer.

That means welcoming people on their first visit to Centre, helping them to cope with their feelings about the present and the future and with their fears and losses but also with their victories.

I believe that with the right help, people have the power and the strength to understand themselves in a less chaotic way and find meaning and value in the present moment.

The best thing about my job is being able to support people when they need it most in the kind, inspiring, compassionate and warm environment of the Centre. 

  • David Robertson

    David Robertson

    Benefits Advisor
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  • Andrew Benjamin

    Andrew Benjamin

    Centre Fundraising Manager
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  • Amy Piggot

    Amy Piggot

    Fundraising Organiser
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David Robertson

Benefits Advisor

I provide Centre users with up-to-the-minute advice on benefits entitlement. I also assist them with the application process, which can be incredibly complicated, and offer more general guidance on financial and employment matters.

My background is in nursing and hospital advice services, so working at Maggie’s was a logical progression in my career. I am able to use all my skills and experience to help people when they need it most. 

Maggie’s offers down to earth advice and support, at a time and in a place where it is vitally needed, and that is what makes it such an important organisation.

Andrew Benjamin

Centre Fundraising Manager

In my position, I oversee all fundraising projects for Maggie’s Highlands. I am determined to make sure that everyone across the Highlands is aware of Maggie’s and the fantastic support we provide to people who are affected by cancer.

It is great to be able to spend time meeting people who come into the centre and see first hand how much the Centre and all the staff help - and mean to - them.

In my opinion, every community needs a Maggie’s Centre; a place where you can sit around a kitchen table in a warm home environment, talk to others who are on the same journey as you and share experiences.

Amy Piggot

Fundraising Organiser

My role is to support anyone who wants to fundraise for Maggie’s Highlands. Supporters speak to me about their ideas and plans and I help them put these into action. I also work with the Centre Fundraising Manager on events to raise funds and awareness for the Centre.

The best bit about my job is hearing the stories of why people want to fundraise for us. It always reminds me of the impact the Centre has and is a constant assurance that I am helping to enable Maggie's to support many more people in the future.

Maggie's is important because everyone knows of someone with cancer. Support for the family and friends dealing with the effects of cancer is just as important and an issue that is not always considered enough. 

Having lost a family member to cancer before Maggie’s Highlands was built, I know how much the rest of my family would have benefitted from the support Maggie’s provides. 

  • Thelma Middleton

    Thelma Middleton

    Nutritionist
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  • Chrissy Gibbs

    Chrissy Gibbs

    Art Therapist
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  • Georgie Crook

    Georgie Crook

    Talking Heads workshop leader
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Thelma Middleton

Nutritionist

I lead monthly workshops in nutrition at Maggie’s Highlands. We cement what we have learned throughout the morning by sharing a wonderfully healthy buffet lunch. I love meeting so many wonderful people from all walks of life who are eager to learn how nutrition can support their health.  

I had personal experience of what Maggie’s provides while nursing my father-in-law who had (terminal) oesophageal cancer.  When the position of nutritionist was advertised I did not hesitate to apply. 

Maggie’s makes each and every individual feel part of a caring family and provides the personal touch that sometimes mainstream medicine can overlook.  What the Centre does is a vital part of an integrated approach to cancer support.

Chrissy Gibbs

Art Therapist

As Art Therapist I aim to create a safe confidential space where people can explore any issues they have, using art materials. I help the group become a place of trust where people can share and be nurtured, just as they are. 

This can release healing tears, laughter and a new or deeper sense of self.  We focus on process and emotional awareness rather than aesthetics. We are not “aiming” but “being” with the art materials. I do not analyse pictures but help people understand and develop their own visual language, to value it and themselves as unique. 

The respect, warmth, love, encouragement and information Maggie’s offers in a non-medical space is such a blessing and help to people.

Georgie Crook

Talking Heads workshop leader

I take a Talking Heads discussion the first Wednesday of every month. Here we chat about wigs and how to care for them, loosing hair and when hair may start to grow again, how and when you will be able to go back to your hairdresser and colour your hair, the texture of your new hair. We also look at how to wear and tie scarfs.

My dear friend had difficulties when she was living with cancer. The help simply was not available in our area. She asked me if I would consider doing this as my husband has a hairdressing business, and so my journey began.

  • Helen Mugrew

    Helen Mugrew

    Look Good, Feel Better co-ordinator
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  • Toni Clark

    Toni Clark

    Therapeutic Gardener
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  • Andrew Morris

    Andrew Morris

    Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist Trainer
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Helen Mugrew

Look Good, Feel Better co-ordinator

I co-ordinate Look Good, Feel Better for ladies with cancer, to help them through a difficult time and to regain their confidence. 

Everyone who takes part is given a range of skincare and make-up and a fragrance, donated by the cosmetic industry. 

During the session the ladies are able to chat about the treatments they are having and, if they want to, they can remove scarves and wigs and be completely comfortable and relaxed. It’s a fun-filled workshop for the ladies taking part and the volunteers who help to run it.

Toni Clark

Therapeutic Gardener

I run monthly gardening sessions for Centre visitors to get involved with a range of outdoor tasks. I encourage them to make the most of the therapeutic potential of gardening to help them regain confidence, build self esteem and motivation as well as possibly creating a new social network.

There are opportunities for practical activities as well as to chat over ideas for improving the outside space at Maggie’s and maybe other gardens nearer to home.  

I was inspired to work for Maggie's because the Centre and it's staff have a lovely relaxed air about them which is all very conducive to gardening. And I love passing on ideas and tips about low-key growing. 

Andrew Morris

Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist Trainer

I am one of the cancer rehabilitation specialist trainers from High Life Highland who lead the exercise component of the "Where Now" programme to help people adjust to life after their cancer treatment has finished.

I thoroughly enjoy seeing how far clients can come on and ultimately improve their quality of life.

 

  • Jenni Gilles

    Jenni Gilles

    Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist Trainer
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Jenni Gilles

Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist Trainer

I am one of the Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist Trainers from High Life Highland who lead the exercise component of the Where Now? programme to help people adjust to life after their cancer treatment has finished.

It's great to play a part in helping Centre visitors to improve their physical fitness and improve their wellbeing. 

Seonaid Green

Seonaid Green

Centre Head
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Working as part of an amazing team of professionals, I offer support to anyone visiting the Centre who is trying to make sense of the emotional, practical or physical effects of cancer. The unique space and the people and families who visit us each day make the Centre such a special place to work.

I'm also here to support and manage our wonderful team of professionals, volunteers and sessional staff, and to oversee the day to day running of the Centre itself.

Being trusted with peoples fears and vulnerabilities each and every day is such a privilege, and makes Maggie's a powerful and unique place, where people can effect real and lasting change to their sense of wellbeing.

Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role is to provide support to anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer.

Helping people to maintain emotional wellbeing is such an important part of what we do at Maggie’s, whether by just being with the person or signposting them to different aspects of our support. People tell us that cancer makes them feel incredibly isolated; having a space where you are actively listened to in an open and supportive way where you can just sit quietly, or meet others who may have had similar experiences, can help people feel like they are not alone.

As a nurse it is a privilege to work with a wonderful team in a truly therapeutic environment to empower people when living with cancer.

Catarina Baptista

Catarina Baptista

Clinical Psychologist
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My role is to work with the team to provide a safe and supportive space for people facing the emotional challenges of cancer.

That means welcoming people on their first visit to Centre, helping them to cope with their feelings about the present and the future and with their fears and losses but also with their victories.

I believe that with the right help, people have the power and the strength to understand themselves in a less chaotic way and find meaning and value in the present moment.

The best thing about my job is being able to support people when they need it most in the kind, inspiring, compassionate and warm environment of the Centre. 

David Robertson

David Robertson

Benefits Advisor
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I provide Centre users with up-to-the-minute advice on benefits entitlement. I also assist them with the application process, which can be incredibly complicated, and offer more general guidance on financial and employment matters.

My background is in nursing and hospital advice services, so working at Maggie’s was a logical progression in my career. I am able to use all my skills and experience to help people when they need it most. 

Maggie’s offers down to earth advice and support, at a time and in a place where it is vitally needed, and that is what makes it such an important organisation.

Andrew Benjamin

Andrew Benjamin

Centre Fundraising Manager
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In my position, I oversee all fundraising projects for Maggie’s Highlands. I am determined to make sure that everyone across the Highlands is aware of Maggie’s and the fantastic support we provide to people who are affected by cancer.

It is great to be able to spend time meeting people who come into the centre and see first hand how much the Centre and all the staff help - and mean to - them.

In my opinion, every community needs a Maggie’s Centre; a place where you can sit around a kitchen table in a warm home environment, talk to others who are on the same journey as you and share experiences.

Amy Piggot

Amy Piggot

Fundraising Organiser
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My role is to support anyone who wants to fundraise for Maggie’s Highlands. Supporters speak to me about their ideas and plans and I help them put these into action. I also work with the Centre Fundraising Manager on events to raise funds and awareness for the Centre.

The best bit about my job is hearing the stories of why people want to fundraise for us. It always reminds me of the impact the Centre has and is a constant assurance that I am helping to enable Maggie's to support many more people in the future.

Maggie's is important because everyone knows of someone with cancer. Support for the family and friends dealing with the effects of cancer is just as important and an issue that is not always considered enough. 

Having lost a family member to cancer before Maggie’s Highlands was built, I know how much the rest of my family would have benefitted from the support Maggie’s provides. 

Thelma Middleton

Thelma Middleton

Nutritionist
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I lead monthly workshops in nutrition at Maggie’s Highlands. We cement what we have learned throughout the morning by sharing a wonderfully healthy buffet lunch. I love meeting so many wonderful people from all walks of life who are eager to learn how nutrition can support their health.  

I had personal experience of what Maggie’s provides while nursing my father-in-law who had (terminal) oesophageal cancer.  When the position of nutritionist was advertised I did not hesitate to apply. 

Maggie’s makes each and every individual feel part of a caring family and provides the personal touch that sometimes mainstream medicine can overlook.  What the Centre does is a vital part of an integrated approach to cancer support.

Chrissy Gibbs

Chrissy Gibbs

Art Therapist
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As Art Therapist I aim to create a safe confidential space where people can explore any issues they have, using art materials. I help the group become a place of trust where people can share and be nurtured, just as they are. 

This can release healing tears, laughter and a new or deeper sense of self.  We focus on process and emotional awareness rather than aesthetics. We are not “aiming” but “being” with the art materials. I do not analyse pictures but help people understand and develop their own visual language, to value it and themselves as unique. 

The respect, warmth, love, encouragement and information Maggie’s offers in a non-medical space is such a blessing and help to people.

Georgie Crook

Georgie Crook

Talking Heads workshop leader
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I take a Talking Heads discussion the first Wednesday of every month. Here we chat about wigs and how to care for them, loosing hair and when hair may start to grow again, how and when you will be able to go back to your hairdresser and colour your hair, the texture of your new hair. We also look at how to wear and tie scarfs.

My dear friend had difficulties when she was living with cancer. The help simply was not available in our area. She asked me if I would consider doing this as my husband has a hairdressing business, and so my journey began.

Helen Mugrew

Helen Mugrew

Look Good, Feel Better co-ordinator
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I co-ordinate Look Good, Feel Better for ladies with cancer, to help them through a difficult time and to regain their confidence. 

Everyone who takes part is given a range of skincare and make-up and a fragrance, donated by the cosmetic industry. 

During the session the ladies are able to chat about the treatments they are having and, if they want to, they can remove scarves and wigs and be completely comfortable and relaxed. It’s a fun-filled workshop for the ladies taking part and the volunteers who help to run it.

Toni Clark

Toni Clark

Therapeutic Gardener
Accordian open icon Accordian closed icon

I run monthly gardening sessions for Centre visitors to get involved with a range of outdoor tasks. I encourage them to make the most of the therapeutic potential of gardening to help them regain confidence, build self esteem and motivation as well as possibly creating a new social network.

There are opportunities for practical activities as well as to chat over ideas for improving the outside space at Maggie’s and maybe other gardens nearer to home.  

I was inspired to work for Maggie's because the Centre and it's staff have a lovely relaxed air about them which is all very conducive to gardening. And I love passing on ideas and tips about low-key growing. 

Andrew Morris

Andrew Morris

Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist Trainer
Accordian open icon Accordian closed icon

I am one of the cancer rehabilitation specialist trainers from High Life Highland who lead the exercise component of the "Where Now" programme to help people adjust to life after their cancer treatment has finished.

I thoroughly enjoy seeing how far clients can come on and ultimately improve their quality of life.

 

Jenni Gilles

Jenni Gilles

Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist Trainer
Accordian open icon Accordian closed icon

I am one of the Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist Trainers from High Life Highland who lead the exercise component of the Where Now? programme to help people adjust to life after their cancer treatment has finished.

It's great to play a part in helping Centre visitors to improve their physical fitness and improve their wellbeing.