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. 

  • Bernie Byrne

    Bernie Byrne

    Centre Head
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  • Laura Tomlinson

    Laura Tomlinson

    Centre Fundraising Manager
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  • Claire McDonald

    Claire McDonald

    Clinical Psychologist
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Bernie Byrne

Centre Head

Laura Tomlinson

Centre Fundraising Manager

My role at Maggie’s is to work with new and existing supporters as we raise the funds we need to keep the Centre open. I also work to raise awareness of the amazing support we provide at the Centre to ensure that everyone who may need our help knows we’re right here for them. 

I work with groups, businesses and individuals to support them with their fundraising activities and challenges. No two days are ever the same, which I love!

The best thing about my job has to be the truly wonderful and inspirational people I have the opportunity to meet and spend my time with each day. From the people who visit our Centre, to our volunteers and the people who support our fundraising.  Not forgetting the incredible team that I have the pleasure of being part of. 

 It’s inspiring to see the impact of the support that Maggie’s provides to people affected by cancer and heart warming to see in turn how our local community supports Maggie’s.  People never fail to go the extra mile to support Maggie’s.   

I was inspired by the unique support offered at Maggie’s and the impact of the environment in which we offer our support. Our beautiful and welcoming building instantly makes people feel at ease and lifts their spirits. Maggie’s is a really special place.    

I have the pleasure of seeing every day the difference that Maggie’s makes to people affected by cancer.  The support Maggie’s offers is always tailored to the individual, which I think is so important as we all deal with things and need help in different ways.

 I only hope that one day everyone affected by cancer has a Maggie’s on their doorstep.  

Claire McDonald

Clinical Psychologist

My role as Clinical Psychologists involves offering individuals, couples and families a reflective space to make sense of their individual experience of cancer, and to help people to find their own way of coping with the significant challenges they may face. I also contribute to the various education and therapeutic groups offered as part of Maggie’s programme of support.

The best thing about my job is getting to meet and offer psychological support to such a wide variety of people in a really warm and nurturing environment. 

I was inspired by so many things about Maggies; the focus on empowering people from the moment they enter our beautiful building, the warmth and openness of the support offered, and opportunity for people to connect with others who may be experiencing similar challenges, as well as skilled professionals.

I think the support Maggie’s offers people a very special programme of support, focusing on the “whole person”-helping people to reconnect with aspects of themselves that may have got lost through cancer. I feel this approach significantly complements the amazing work completed by the NHS.

  • Nasreen Khan

    Nasreen Khan

    Benefits Advisor
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  • Tom Hall

    Tom Hall

    Centre Fundraising Organiser
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Nasreen Khan

Benefits Advisor

My role is to offer tailored advice and information from basic entitlement to assistance with complex welfare appeals to anyone affected by cancer.

The whole process is made stress-free for individuals as we provide hands-on support from the offset, which includes liaising with external organisations on their behalf.

With the welfare system continuously changing it is reassuring for service users to know we are here to help and alleviate pressures of the daunting and sometimes unknown system.

We offer both drop-in sessions and appointments at the Oldham Centre, which works well for different needs of individuals.

Tom Hall

Centre Fundraising Organiser

My role is to be the first point of contact for new supporters of Maggie’s and also to steward existing supporters with their fantastic fundraising efforts. I am also responsible for raising awareness of the charity, while promoting Maggie’s within the local community.

The best thing about my job is that I'm working and interacting with inspirational individuals on a daily basis. When fundraising for Maggie’s I’ve found that no two days are the same and that’s what keeps me motivated.

Maggie's is important because by 2020 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. So I believe it is now more important than ever to use Maggie’s blueprint for cancer care to support those affected.

Bernie Byrne

Bernie Byrne

Centre Head
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Laura Tomlinson

Laura Tomlinson

Centre Fundraising Manager
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My role at Maggie’s is to work with new and existing supporters as we raise the funds we need to keep the Centre open. I also work to raise awareness of the amazing support we provide at the Centre to ensure that everyone who may need our help knows we’re right here for them. 

I work with groups, businesses and individuals to support them with their fundraising activities and challenges. No two days are ever the same, which I love!

The best thing about my job has to be the truly wonderful and inspirational people I have the opportunity to meet and spend my time with each day. From the people who visit our Centre, to our volunteers and the people who support our fundraising.  Not forgetting the incredible team that I have the pleasure of being part of. 

 It’s inspiring to see the impact of the support that Maggie’s provides to people affected by cancer and heart warming to see in turn how our local community supports Maggie’s.  People never fail to go the extra mile to support Maggie’s.   

I was inspired by the unique support offered at Maggie’s and the impact of the environment in which we offer our support. Our beautiful and welcoming building instantly makes people feel at ease and lifts their spirits. Maggie’s is a really special place.    

I have the pleasure of seeing every day the difference that Maggie’s makes to people affected by cancer.  The support Maggie’s offers is always tailored to the individual, which I think is so important as we all deal with things and need help in different ways.

 I only hope that one day everyone affected by cancer has a Maggie’s on their doorstep.  

Claire McDonald

Claire McDonald

Clinical Psychologist
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My role as Clinical Psychologists involves offering individuals, couples and families a reflective space to make sense of their individual experience of cancer, and to help people to find their own way of coping with the significant challenges they may face. I also contribute to the various education and therapeutic groups offered as part of Maggie’s programme of support.

The best thing about my job is getting to meet and offer psychological support to such a wide variety of people in a really warm and nurturing environment. 

I was inspired by so many things about Maggies; the focus on empowering people from the moment they enter our beautiful building, the warmth and openness of the support offered, and opportunity for people to connect with others who may be experiencing similar challenges, as well as skilled professionals.

I think the support Maggie’s offers people a very special programme of support, focusing on the “whole person”-helping people to reconnect with aspects of themselves that may have got lost through cancer. I feel this approach significantly complements the amazing work completed by the NHS.

Nasreen Khan

Nasreen Khan

Benefits Advisor
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My role is to offer tailored advice and information from basic entitlement to assistance with complex welfare appeals to anyone affected by cancer.

The whole process is made stress-free for individuals as we provide hands-on support from the offset, which includes liaising with external organisations on their behalf.

With the welfare system continuously changing it is reassuring for service users to know we are here to help and alleviate pressures of the daunting and sometimes unknown system.

We offer both drop-in sessions and appointments at the Oldham Centre, which works well for different needs of individuals.

Tom Hall

Tom Hall

Centre Fundraising Organiser
Accordian open icon Accordian closed icon

My role is to be the first point of contact for new supporters of Maggie’s and also to steward existing supporters with their fantastic fundraising efforts. I am also responsible for raising awareness of the charity, while promoting Maggie’s within the local community.

The best thing about my job is that I'm working and interacting with inspirational individuals on a daily basis. When fundraising for Maggie’s I’ve found that no two days are the same and that’s what keeps me motivated.

Maggie's is important because by 2020 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. So I believe it is now more important than ever to use Maggie’s blueprint for cancer care to support those affected.