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. 

  • Karen Verrill

    Karen Verrill

    Centre Head
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  • Michelle Hall

    Michelle Hall

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Stephanie Howard

    Stephanie Howard

    Benefits Advisor
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Karen Verrill

Centre Head

I manage Maggie’s Newcastle, the permanent staff and the volunteers. A typical day can include meeting and greeting new visitors to the Centre and telling them about Maggie’s unique programme of support, there may be a specific cancer type support group to facilitate, or a workshop or course to run.

The daily ‘drop in’ can bring people through the doors with all manner of problems, such as those newly diagnosed with cancer who will want support to cope with the associated shock, or people who have been told there are no more possible treatment options for them, and so are facing the end of their lives. It’s such a varied and challenging role, but so rewarding to be able to help all these people.

Michelle Hall

Cancer Support Specialist

My role as a Cancer Support Specialist at Maggie's Newcastle is to provide emotional support and advice to visitors who come to the Centre. I will also chat to people about what groups and activities at Maggie's might benefit them as well as helping to co-facilitate some of our support groups.

The best thing about my job is getting the chance to meet so many inspiring people that visit the Centre.

My background in the oncology field as a specialist nurse has highlighted the vital need for places like Maggie's, where people can go outside the clinical environment for support. It's a wonderful place.

Stephanie Howard

Benefits Advisor

My role is to provide advice and information to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis to enable them to access their full entitlement to welfare benefits. I complete all of the paperwork and liaise with the relevant authorities on their behalf, and when problems arise, challenge decisions on their behalf. I try to make the whole process as stress-free as possible.

It’s great to work in such an inspiring and positive environment. A cancer diagnosis can be so stressful for all those affected, and this is often compounded by financial worries. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to support people during such a difficult time and to help them to regain control of their finances.

Maggie’s is important because it offers support on a drop in basis, which allows any concerns to be addressed before they have the opportunity to escalate. It gives people a beautiful place to come to meet other people who are in similar circumstances and where support is available if it is wanted.

I’m really proud of the North East, and have even been known to construct local landmarks out of cake. Maggie’s Newcastle is such an amazing addition to this area.

  • Marissa Magee

    Marissa Magee

    Centre Fundraising Manager
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  • Fiona Ray

    Fiona Ray

    Fundraising Organiser
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  • Jade Brown

    Jade Brown

    Centre Fundraiser
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Marissa Magee

Centre Fundraising Manager

I work with our community and corporate supporters to raise awareness and funds for Maggie’s Newcastle. All of the money raised in the North East goes towards the running of the Centre. It costs £590,000 a year to keep our doors open.

I wanted to work for Maggie’s because I’m passionate about art, design and culture and immediately saw how valuable Maggie’s unique approach to cancer care can be. I have previously worked in the cultural sector and for a leading cancer charity so was excited about the opportunity of merging these two worlds. 

Maggie’s is so important because cancer affects everyone either directly or indirectly. From personal experience, I know that a cancer diagnosis really does affect the whole family. Maggie’s is for everyone affected by cancer, including family and friends.

 

Fiona Ray

Fundraising Organiser

My role is to help organise and support fundraising for the Centre. This includes coming up with new fundraising ideas, working closely with supporters to make sure they have everything they need to make their activity a success and telling our story on social media.

It’s a very rewarding role and no two days are the same which I love! I get to meet inspiring people daily and hear wonderful stories of how Maggie’s has helped them which in turn inspires me to ensure fundraising continues to help others.

We are often described as an ‘emotional A&E’ and I think that is a lovely way to describe the work of Maggie’s. We are a lifeline to many people with cancer and however they need support, Maggie’s is always here.

Jade Brown

Centre Fundraiser

As Centre Fundraiser I support people who are fundraising for Maggie's Newcastle and my aim is to make their experience a great one.

As part of my role I build relationships with individuals, groups, schools and businesses in the local community and provide ideas, inspiration and support for any fundraising activities they are part of.

The support we receive from people all over the North East and beyond is amazing and we couldn’t do it without each and every one of our wonderful fundraisers.

My job is as much about raising awareness as it is raising funds. It is varied and exciting – every day is different!

What I love most is learning what Maggie’s means to people. It is a real privilege when people share their story with me. From Centre visitors seeking support to members of the local community taking on a fundraising challenge, everyone has something amazing to say about Maggie’s and I’m proud to be part of the team here. 

Karen Verrill

Karen Verrill

Centre Head
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I manage Maggie’s Newcastle, the permanent staff and the volunteers. A typical day can include meeting and greeting new visitors to the Centre and telling them about Maggie’s unique programme of support, there may be a specific cancer type support group to facilitate, or a workshop or course to run.

The daily ‘drop in’ can bring people through the doors with all manner of problems, such as those newly diagnosed with cancer who will want support to cope with the associated shock, or people who have been told there are no more possible treatment options for them, and so are facing the end of their lives. It’s such a varied and challenging role, but so rewarding to be able to help all these people.

Michelle Hall

Michelle Hall

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role as a Cancer Support Specialist at Maggie's Newcastle is to provide emotional support and advice to visitors who come to the Centre. I will also chat to people about what groups and activities at Maggie's might benefit them as well as helping to co-facilitate some of our support groups.

The best thing about my job is getting the chance to meet so many inspiring people that visit the Centre.

My background in the oncology field as a specialist nurse has highlighted the vital need for places like Maggie's, where people can go outside the clinical environment for support. It's a wonderful place.

Stephanie Howard

Stephanie Howard

Benefits Advisor
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My role is to provide advice and information to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis to enable them to access their full entitlement to welfare benefits. I complete all of the paperwork and liaise with the relevant authorities on their behalf, and when problems arise, challenge decisions on their behalf. I try to make the whole process as stress-free as possible.

It’s great to work in such an inspiring and positive environment. A cancer diagnosis can be so stressful for all those affected, and this is often compounded by financial worries. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to support people during such a difficult time and to help them to regain control of their finances.

Maggie’s is important because it offers support on a drop in basis, which allows any concerns to be addressed before they have the opportunity to escalate. It gives people a beautiful place to come to meet other people who are in similar circumstances and where support is available if it is wanted.

I’m really proud of the North East, and have even been known to construct local landmarks out of cake. Maggie’s Newcastle is such an amazing addition to this area.

Marissa Magee

Marissa Magee

Centre Fundraising Manager
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I work with our community and corporate supporters to raise awareness and funds for Maggie’s Newcastle. All of the money raised in the North East goes towards the running of the Centre. It costs £590,000 a year to keep our doors open.

I wanted to work for Maggie’s because I’m passionate about art, design and culture and immediately saw how valuable Maggie’s unique approach to cancer care can be. I have previously worked in the cultural sector and for a leading cancer charity so was excited about the opportunity of merging these two worlds. 

Maggie’s is so important because cancer affects everyone either directly or indirectly. From personal experience, I know that a cancer diagnosis really does affect the whole family. Maggie’s is for everyone affected by cancer, including family and friends.

 

Fiona Ray

Fiona Ray

Fundraising Organiser
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My role is to help organise and support fundraising for the Centre. This includes coming up with new fundraising ideas, working closely with supporters to make sure they have everything they need to make their activity a success and telling our story on social media.

It’s a very rewarding role and no two days are the same which I love! I get to meet inspiring people daily and hear wonderful stories of how Maggie’s has helped them which in turn inspires me to ensure fundraising continues to help others.

We are often described as an ‘emotional A&E’ and I think that is a lovely way to describe the work of Maggie’s. We are a lifeline to many people with cancer and however they need support, Maggie’s is always here.

Jade Brown

Jade Brown

Centre Fundraiser
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As Centre Fundraiser I support people who are fundraising for Maggie's Newcastle and my aim is to make their experience a great one.

As part of my role I build relationships with individuals, groups, schools and businesses in the local community and provide ideas, inspiration and support for any fundraising activities they are part of.

The support we receive from people all over the North East and beyond is amazing and we couldn’t do it without each and every one of our wonderful fundraisers.

My job is as much about raising awareness as it is raising funds. It is varied and exciting – every day is different!

What I love most is learning what Maggie’s means to people. It is a real privilege when people share their story with me. From Centre visitors seeking support to members of the local community taking on a fundraising challenge, everyone has something amazing to say about Maggie’s and I’m proud to be part of the team here.