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. 

  • Lorrie Forsyth

    Lorrie Forsyth

    Centre Head/Clinical Psychologist
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  • Kirsty Gill

    Kirsty Gill

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Gaye Paterson

    Gaye Paterson

    Cancer Support Specialist
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Lorrie Forsyth

Centre Head/Clinical Psychologist

As Clinical Psychologist, I offer psychological support within the Centre, whether seeing people for one-to-one therapeutic work, or as part of a group, or just around the kitchen table. We might focus on the psychological impact of cancer; or on specific difficulties like stress, self image or bereavement; or particular approaches such as relaxation techniques, cognitive therapy, or mindfulness.

As Centre Head I help make sure the Centre runs smoothly and meets the needs of our visitors. This includes running a busy programme of workshops, groups and courses; ensuring the Centre looks and feels welcoming and comfortable; and letting professional colleagues and the community know about what Maggie’s can offer people affected by cancer.

I was a Clinical Psychologist in NHS Lanarkshire for 16 years, specialising in psychological issues experienced by people dealing with physical health problems before coming to Maggie’s.

Maggie’s provides a wonderful environment for psychological work. Many of our visitors comment on the difference Maggie’s has made, and how they don’t know how they would have coped without our Centres.

The amazing people I meet every day who show strength and humour in really challenging situations are the best thing about my job.

Kirsty Gill

Cancer Support Specialist

My role varies daily, depending on the people’s needs that drop into the centre and the activities on our timetable. My main responsibility is to offer individual, family or group support to people living with or affected by cancer, but I also facilitate courses and workshops, and lead Centre visitors in relaxation or meditation.

Maggie’s offers exceptional support to people, allowing them to explore their emotions and their needs in safe, welcoming space. One of the best elements of this is our ability to simply give time to people, to sit down with them over a cup of tea or coffee and talk things through. It’s amazing to see first had how much this helps.

Gaye Paterson

Cancer Support Specialist

My role as a Cancer Support Specialist at Maggie’s focuses on talking with people about how cancer is affecting their lives, and together planning the best way forward. The aim is to support people affected by cancer, in a way that takes into account their individual preferences and circumstances.

Every day in the centre is different, and you never know who might come through the door or what their story might be. The drop in environment is informal and friendly, but it can also be extremely challenging. What if someone comes in with a question you’ve never been asked before, or perhaps expecting a private space and being faced with a busy Maggie’s kitchen table for the first time? But meeting those challenges and making a difference to peoples’ lives is what makes the job so rewarding.

  • Dermot Coyle

    Dermot Coyle

    Benefits Advisor
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  • Allison Strang

    Allison Strang

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Marion Pirrie

    Marion Pirrie

    Centre Fundraising Manager
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Dermot Coyle

Benefits Advisor

My role is to help people with benefit checks to discover what financial or sometimes practical assistance they might be entitled to. We then assist in any benefit claims - from filling in forms to appealing against poor decisions and providing representation at tribunal. The main goal is to maximise each person’s income and lessen the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis. This hopefully then has the effect of reducing the stress of their situation.

Maggie’s is a very vibrant and inspiring place to work, and I get to meet so many interesting people here every day. The feedback that I’ve received from people about Maggie’s has left me in no doubt about the huge support it can provide at a very difficult and vulnerable time in peoples lives and I’ve been told by quite a few people that they would have felt lost without Maggie’s.

Allison Strang

Cancer Support Specialist

My main role at Maggie’s is to help whoever comes through the door to deal with however cancer is affecting them that day. This can vary from providing information on cancer and its treatment, to helping find a way to cope with its emotional impact.

Maggie’s has a unique approach to providing care and support by encouraging people to be empowered and take an active role in their care. An amazing variety of people use Maggie’s, and it’s a pleasure to be able to be able to be there for them.

I see working for Maggie’s as a way to care for and provide support all the way through cancer and beyond, not just for the person with a diagnosis, but also their family and friends.

Marion Pirrie

Centre Fundraising Manager

I am the Centre Fundraising Manager for both Maggie’s Lanarkshire and Maggie’s Forth Valley. For both Centres, my job is to raise both awareness and funds through the support of local groups, businesses and individuals. I love being able to work from the Centres, talking to people around the kitchen table and seeing first-hand how they are benefitting from our programme of support. Seeing the positive change in people in this way is so tangible, and it certainly helps me when having fundraising conversations with supporters.

Maggie’s gives people a place to turn to when they feel lost. I think everyone has experienced cancer in some form, either themselves or in someone they know and love, and the help Maggie’s can offer is invaluable.

  • Ruth Zokas

    Ruth Zokas

    Fundraising Organiser
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Ruth Zokas

Fundraising Organiser

I am the fundraising Organiser for Maggie’s Lanarkshire. I am here to assist anyone who wants to fundraise for us, and can inspire and give advice to anyone who would like to organise their own fundraising event. I also organise events in our centre, as well as managing our fundraising volunteers.

I really enjoy meeting lots of different people – at Maggie’s, every day is different. It’s also great to work in such a beautiful centre; Maggie’s is such a warm and safe place for people to come to get emotional and practical support.

Lorrie Forsyth

Lorrie Forsyth

Centre Head/Clinical Psychologist
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As Clinical Psychologist, I offer psychological support within the Centre, whether seeing people for one-to-one therapeutic work, or as part of a group, or just around the kitchen table. We might focus on the psychological impact of cancer; or on specific difficulties like stress, self image or bereavement; or particular approaches such as relaxation techniques, cognitive therapy, or mindfulness.

As Centre Head I help make sure the Centre runs smoothly and meets the needs of our visitors. This includes running a busy programme of workshops, groups and courses; ensuring the Centre looks and feels welcoming and comfortable; and letting professional colleagues and the community know about what Maggie’s can offer people affected by cancer.

I was a Clinical Psychologist in NHS Lanarkshire for 16 years, specialising in psychological issues experienced by people dealing with physical health problems before coming to Maggie’s.

Maggie’s provides a wonderful environment for psychological work. Many of our visitors comment on the difference Maggie’s has made, and how they don’t know how they would have coped without our Centres.

The amazing people I meet every day who show strength and humour in really challenging situations are the best thing about my job.

Kirsty Gill

Kirsty Gill

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role varies daily, depending on the people’s needs that drop into the centre and the activities on our timetable. My main responsibility is to offer individual, family or group support to people living with or affected by cancer, but I also facilitate courses and workshops, and lead Centre visitors in relaxation or meditation.

Maggie’s offers exceptional support to people, allowing them to explore their emotions and their needs in safe, welcoming space. One of the best elements of this is our ability to simply give time to people, to sit down with them over a cup of tea or coffee and talk things through. It’s amazing to see first had how much this helps.

Gaye Paterson

Gaye Paterson

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role as a Cancer Support Specialist at Maggie’s focuses on talking with people about how cancer is affecting their lives, and together planning the best way forward. The aim is to support people affected by cancer, in a way that takes into account their individual preferences and circumstances.

Every day in the centre is different, and you never know who might come through the door or what their story might be. The drop in environment is informal and friendly, but it can also be extremely challenging. What if someone comes in with a question you’ve never been asked before, or perhaps expecting a private space and being faced with a busy Maggie’s kitchen table for the first time? But meeting those challenges and making a difference to peoples’ lives is what makes the job so rewarding.

Dermot Coyle

Dermot Coyle

Benefits Advisor
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My role is to help people with benefit checks to discover what financial or sometimes practical assistance they might be entitled to. We then assist in any benefit claims - from filling in forms to appealing against poor decisions and providing representation at tribunal. The main goal is to maximise each person’s income and lessen the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis. This hopefully then has the effect of reducing the stress of their situation.

Maggie’s is a very vibrant and inspiring place to work, and I get to meet so many interesting people here every day. The feedback that I’ve received from people about Maggie’s has left me in no doubt about the huge support it can provide at a very difficult and vulnerable time in peoples lives and I’ve been told by quite a few people that they would have felt lost without Maggie’s.

Allison Strang

Allison Strang

Cancer Support Specialist
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My main role at Maggie’s is to help whoever comes through the door to deal with however cancer is affecting them that day. This can vary from providing information on cancer and its treatment, to helping find a way to cope with its emotional impact.

Maggie’s has a unique approach to providing care and support by encouraging people to be empowered and take an active role in their care. An amazing variety of people use Maggie’s, and it’s a pleasure to be able to be able to be there for them.

I see working for Maggie’s as a way to care for and provide support all the way through cancer and beyond, not just for the person with a diagnosis, but also their family and friends.

Marion Pirrie

Marion Pirrie

Centre Fundraising Manager
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I am the Centre Fundraising Manager for both Maggie’s Lanarkshire and Maggie’s Forth Valley. For both Centres, my job is to raise both awareness and funds through the support of local groups, businesses and individuals. I love being able to work from the Centres, talking to people around the kitchen table and seeing first-hand how they are benefitting from our programme of support. Seeing the positive change in people in this way is so tangible, and it certainly helps me when having fundraising conversations with supporters.

Maggie’s gives people a place to turn to when they feel lost. I think everyone has experienced cancer in some form, either themselves or in someone they know and love, and the help Maggie’s can offer is invaluable.

Ruth Zokas

Ruth Zokas

Fundraising Organiser
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I am the fundraising Organiser for Maggie’s Lanarkshire. I am here to assist anyone who wants to fundraise for us, and can inspire and give advice to anyone who would like to organise their own fundraising event. I also organise events in our centre, as well as managing our fundraising volunteers.

I really enjoy meeting lots of different people – at Maggie’s, every day is different. It’s also great to work in such a beautiful centre; Maggie’s is such a warm and safe place for people to come to get emotional and practical support.