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. 

  • Robyn Volkers

    Robyn Volkers

    Centre Head
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  • Sue Long

    Sue Long

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Tom Messere

    Tom Messere

    Benefits Advisor
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Robyn Volkers

Centre Head

As Maggie’s Online Centre Head I make use of my varied experience, gained from many years of cancer nursing in different settings, to offer our programme of cancer information and support, tailored to meet each visitors needs.

I have a longstanding interest in the quality and availability of information for people affected by cancer.  I am responsible for the overall running of the Online Centre and managing the team. I also oversee our information website Maggie’s CancerLinks, and the library and display book lists across our Centres. 

I am delighted to be able to bring Maggie’s programme of support to as many people as possible. Online offers an exciting opportunity to both extend and complement the support offered by our physical Centres. With the Online Centre we can reach people who don’t live within reach of a physical Centre or who are unable to visit when they feel they need to.  The cups of tea are virtual but it’s a very real welcome. 

Sue Long

Cancer Support Specialist

My role is to offer information, support and help to people who access Maggie’s Online Centre. I’m a specialist cancer nurse by background, having experience of working in the RAF, hospitals, hospices and the community, as well as at Maggie's Oxford. I answer personal messages from our online visitors, and help each individual to navigate their way through the vast amount of information available. I hope to be able to help the person cope emotionally with what they are going through, and extend the same warm welcome that visitors receive at our physical Centres.

I feel that Maggie’s gives a place of sanctuary, community and knowledge. It encourages people to take control of whatever cancer has to throw at them, and use their own inner strength to manage their experience of the illness. It’s like coming home after a long shift, putting your feet up with a cup of tea, and knowing that tomorrow is another day.

Tom Messere

Benefits Advisor

My job is to provide a joined-up range of benefits support that people can access at any time from anywhere. Online offers unique possibilities that complement the highly valued face-to-face support people receive in our physical Centres, and the aim is to offer different ways to access support. We host benefits blogs, discussion threads, private messaging, live one to one chat sessions, group chats, Skype and more, and essentially try and make the best innovative use of online technology. The common aim is to help people access the financial support they need to get through cancer or caring journeys, but which isn’t always forthcoming in an increasingly complex system.

The ethos and dedication of Maggie’s staff and volunteers touches lives, eases journeys and makes such a difference. Doing so in supportive, nurturing and healing spaces – physical or virtual - adds so much to the experience for Centre Visitors. Maggie’s clear, distinctive ethos makes its support particularly effective in fostering mutual strength and support, and in special places to which Centre Visitors, staff and medical colleagues can feel attached.

  • Caroline Hockley

    Caroline Hockley

    Nutrition Advisor
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Caroline Hockley

Nutrition Advisor

I have a very busy and varied role at Maggie’s, as I work at two physical Centres (Cheltenham and Oxford) as well as the Online Centre. I offer nutritional advice and recipe ideas through my group workshops, as well as more tailored consultations and an online blog.

I really enjoy every part of the job. Maggie’s gives such a wide range of support to people with cancer and their families, it really is unique and I’m so happy to be a part of that.

The food you eat is vitally important to your overall health and wellbeing.

Robyn Volkers

Robyn Volkers

Centre Head
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As Maggie’s Online Centre Head I make use of my varied experience, gained from many years of cancer nursing in different settings, to offer our programme of cancer information and support, tailored to meet each visitors needs.

I have a longstanding interest in the quality and availability of information for people affected by cancer.  I am responsible for the overall running of the Online Centre and managing the team. I also oversee our information website Maggie’s CancerLinks, and the library and display book lists across our Centres. 

I am delighted to be able to bring Maggie’s programme of support to as many people as possible. Online offers an exciting opportunity to both extend and complement the support offered by our physical Centres. With the Online Centre we can reach people who don’t live within reach of a physical Centre or who are unable to visit when they feel they need to.  The cups of tea are virtual but it’s a very real welcome. 

Sue Long

Sue Long

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role is to offer information, support and help to people who access Maggie’s Online Centre. I’m a specialist cancer nurse by background, having experience of working in the RAF, hospitals, hospices and the community, as well as at Maggie's Oxford. I answer personal messages from our online visitors, and help each individual to navigate their way through the vast amount of information available. I hope to be able to help the person cope emotionally with what they are going through, and extend the same warm welcome that visitors receive at our physical Centres.

I feel that Maggie’s gives a place of sanctuary, community and knowledge. It encourages people to take control of whatever cancer has to throw at them, and use their own inner strength to manage their experience of the illness. It’s like coming home after a long shift, putting your feet up with a cup of tea, and knowing that tomorrow is another day.

Tom Messere

Tom Messere

Benefits Advisor
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My job is to provide a joined-up range of benefits support that people can access at any time from anywhere. Online offers unique possibilities that complement the highly valued face-to-face support people receive in our physical Centres, and the aim is to offer different ways to access support. We host benefits blogs, discussion threads, private messaging, live one to one chat sessions, group chats, Skype and more, and essentially try and make the best innovative use of online technology. The common aim is to help people access the financial support they need to get through cancer or caring journeys, but which isn’t always forthcoming in an increasingly complex system.

The ethos and dedication of Maggie’s staff and volunteers touches lives, eases journeys and makes such a difference. Doing so in supportive, nurturing and healing spaces – physical or virtual - adds so much to the experience for Centre Visitors. Maggie’s clear, distinctive ethos makes its support particularly effective in fostering mutual strength and support, and in special places to which Centre Visitors, staff and medical colleagues can feel attached.

Caroline Hockley

Caroline Hockley

Nutrition Advisor
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I have a very busy and varied role at Maggie’s, as I work at two physical Centres (Cheltenham and Oxford) as well as the Online Centre. I offer nutritional advice and recipe ideas through my group workshops, as well as more tailored consultations and an online blog.

I really enjoy every part of the job. Maggie’s gives such a wide range of support to people with cancer and their families, it really is unique and I’m so happy to be a part of that.

The food you eat is vitally important to your overall health and wellbeing.