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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  • Mary Turner

    Mary Turner

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Elaine Stewart

    Elaine Stewart

    Cancer Support Specialist
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Bernie Byrne

Centre Head

It is a privilege as Centre Head to be able to help people find the information they need to make decisions and to provide emotional support so they know that they are not alone.

I have worked as a Nurse in cancer care since 1988 and for over 10 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in oncology in Edinburgh and Liverpool. In Edinburgh I worked alongside staff in Maggie’s and found it an invaluable resource to offer to people I cared for in the oncology centre.

When my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer Maggie’s Edinburgh had just opened and I suggested she drop in. Years later, and feeling well, she maintains that Maggie’s helped her in a way that no other support organisation has been able to. 

Mary Turner

Cancer Support Specialist

My role at Maggie’s is to provide direct support to people who come to the centre, either the person with a cancer diagnosis or a family member or friend. A big part of my role is to listen to that person, to be with them, and to help them support themselves. My background is in nursing and complementary therapies. The mind - body connection is an area of health that greatly interests me.

I thoroughly enjoy the aspect of my role that is empowering, teaching people skills so they can have a positive influence on their wellbeing.

Elaine Stewart

Cancer Support Specialist

In my role as a cancer support specialist, I provide support to any individual affected by a cancer diagnosis. Everyone is different and finds a different way of managing their experience. I enjoy being around people, helping them to explore their thoughts and feelings at this challenging time in their life.

Maggie’s offers a safe and welcoming environment to respond to each individual’s needs. It allows anyone who has been affected by cancer to access support and information in a space that is both uplifting and therapeutic, and away from the pressure of a busy clinical environment. This allows me to spend time with people, so I really get to hear their story.

  • Eilidh Bateman

    Eilidh Bateman

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Monique Proudlove

    Monique Proudlove

    Counselling Psychologist in Training
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  • Lorraine Gray

    Lorraine Gray

    Relaxation Therapist
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Eilidh Bateman

Cancer Support Specialist

As a Cancer Support Specialist, I discuss the different treatment options open to people visiting the Centre and talk through the emotional and practical changes in their life following a diagnosis of cancer.

I was inspired to train in therapy after a personal experience of using the Centre in Edinburgh. I always hoped one day I could work as a counsellor at Maggie’s – it’s the unique, holistic, and deeply human approach to working with people that I connected with.

Simply put, Maggie’s is a healing place. We hear it every day in the Centre from people coming in. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard someone say that Maggie’s has saved their life. Our visitors can and do express a renewed sense of purpose, control, comfort and pleasure after connecting with the place.

 

 

Monique Proudlove

Counselling Psychologist in Training

I provide counselling to individuals, offer support to our drop-in visitors and run the men’s group. Everyone is different and finds a different way of getting through their experience. Maggie’s respects this and, as well as offering tried and tested means of support, will listen and respond carefully to the individual.

Interacting with the people who use the Centre is the best thing about my job, and the environment in which I work allows me to respond to people’s needs and find the best way to support them.

Lorraine Gray

Relaxation Therapist

As a relaxation therapist, I facilitate a combination of one-to-one and group therapies. From gentle massage, to the relaxation and visualisation group, I aim to calm and relax Centre visitors in order to reduce their anxiety and stress. 

I always feel inspired by the range and extent of the programme offered by Maggie’s, which offers extensive emotional and psychological support in a special environment. I am proud to be a part of that.

  • Jay Shah

    Jay Shah

    Welfare Rights and Benefits Specialist
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  • Karim Said

    Karim Said

    Debt Management and Money Advisor
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  • Anna Wall-Budden

    Anna Wall-Budden

    Centre Fundraising Manager
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Jay Shah

Welfare Rights and Benefits Specialist

I offer advice to Centre visitors on a wide range of welfare and benefits, as well as assisting them directly to register any claims or appeals. Getting our visitors help when they’ve been led to believe there is none available is such a rewarding challenge for me.

I work with the Department of Work and Pensions, London Transport, law firms and Local Authorities to provide an effective and efficient service to people at a really difficult time. Developing this network is really important.

Maggie’s is like an oasis in a desert. It offers psychological, practical and emotional support to anyone affected by cancer, and this is so often a ray of hope in a dark time for people.

Karim Said

Debt Management and Money Advisor

My role is to give advice and information about welfare benefits and debt issues to people with cancer, their relatives, carers or friends. I can also act on their behalf too, when needed.  

I try to maximise our Centre visitors’ income, make grant applications to various grant bodies, manage their priority and none priority debts, negotiate with landlords, mortgage lenders, loan companies, local authorities, HMRC, employers, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

By dealing with all these stressful issues for people, I help them get some peace of mind so they can concentrate more on their treatment. One of our visitors described my job, in brief, as ‘Financial Therapist’.

Our Maggie’s Centre is so important because it provides a warm and caring environment where people with cancer and their carers can feel like they are not alone. 

Anna Wall-Budden

Centre Fundraising Manager

My role at Maggie’s West London is to raise funds for the running of the Centre and to spread awareness in the local area of the wonderful work Maggie’s does. This involves working with local companies to fundraise, with local groups to organise events, and with Centre visitors to grow ideas or plan challenges. Each day is different!

The best thing about my job is the wonderful team I work with and the people I meet each day in the Centre. It’s inspiring to see the support Maggie’s can give to people affected by cancer, and uplifting to see how the local community in turn supports Maggie’s.

I have been closely affected by cancer and have experienced the profound distress it can cause, both to the person with cancer and to their friends and family. I believe that Maggie’s makes such a difference to those going through cancer, from the point of diagnosis onwards, and as a fundraiser I wanted to be able to make a difference.  

  • Catherine Zabilowicz

    Catherine Zabilowicz

    Nutrition Advisor
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  • Julie Parish

    Julie Parish

    Art Therapist
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  • Marcia Kenny

    Marcia Kenny

    Relaxation Therapist
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Catherine Zabilowicz

Nutrition Advisor

As the Nutrition Advisor at Maggie’s West London, I provide weekly nutrition workshops to help visitors feel empowered to support themselves through a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Eating the right sorts of food is vitally important when undergoing treatment for cancer, so it’s very rewarding to be able to offer this advice.

I love the whole concept of Maggie’s; somewhere homely and welcoming, with free, expert advice on all aspects of coping with a cancer diagnosis. It’s a wonderful place to work.

Julie Parish

Art Therapist

I run the expressive art group at Maggie’s West London, which gives people the chance to engage with art materials and find creative ways to articulate things that they are experiencing.

Maggie’s is important because it provides a warm, safe place for support and understanding. It’s inspirational to be part of an organisation that cares so much about people.

Marcia Kenny

Relaxation Therapist

I have a background in nursing and have been working in oncology for 30 years. What has always struck me about Maggie’s is that it creates a totally different feeling to the hospital environment, and this gives us the freedom to be able to listen to our users as people. 

Maggie’s manages to deliver calmness and an impression of individuality to everyone who comes in.  We make people feel accepted.

I work as a Relaxation Therapist, which involves therapeutic massage and running relaxation classes. I suppose I carry this idea of relaxation with me in my life outside of work, where yoga and gardening are two of my passions.

  • Carolyn Garritt

    Carolyn Garritt

    Personal Trainer
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Carolyn Garritt

Personal Trainer

I lead the exercise component of the ‘Where Now?’ courses, and run weekly Nordic walking classes from the Maggie’s Centre along the Thames. I also work with Maggie’s visitors on their personal fitness goals – which range from day-to-day activities like walking and climbing stairs, to running races and strength training.

I absolutely love my job. It is so rewarding to see people get stronger and fitter, and to see their confidence and sense of wellbeing grow and grow. Getting people outdoors – either on foot or with walking poles – is particularly good. I love bringing the Nordic walkers, all rosy cheeked, happy and energised, back to the centre for a well earned cuppa.

Maggie's West London is the loveliest space and an absolute oasis for people at all different points of their cancer diagnosis and life during and after treatment. I feel very lucky to be part of such a fabulous group of professionals.

Bernie Byrne

Bernie Byrne

Centre Head
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It is a privilege as Centre Head to be able to help people find the information they need to make decisions and to provide emotional support so they know that they are not alone.

I have worked as a Nurse in cancer care since 1988 and for over 10 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in oncology in Edinburgh and Liverpool. In Edinburgh I worked alongside staff in Maggie’s and found it an invaluable resource to offer to people I cared for in the oncology centre.

When my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer Maggie’s Edinburgh had just opened and I suggested she drop in. Years later, and feeling well, she maintains that Maggie’s helped her in a way that no other support organisation has been able to. 

Mary Turner

Mary Turner

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role at Maggie’s is to provide direct support to people who come to the centre, either the person with a cancer diagnosis or a family member or friend. A big part of my role is to listen to that person, to be with them, and to help them support themselves. My background is in nursing and complementary therapies. The mind - body connection is an area of health that greatly interests me.

I thoroughly enjoy the aspect of my role that is empowering, teaching people skills so they can have a positive influence on their wellbeing.

Elaine Stewart

Elaine Stewart

Cancer Support Specialist
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In my role as a cancer support specialist, I provide support to any individual affected by a cancer diagnosis. Everyone is different and finds a different way of managing their experience. I enjoy being around people, helping them to explore their thoughts and feelings at this challenging time in their life.

Maggie’s offers a safe and welcoming environment to respond to each individual’s needs. It allows anyone who has been affected by cancer to access support and information in a space that is both uplifting and therapeutic, and away from the pressure of a busy clinical environment. This allows me to spend time with people, so I really get to hear their story.

Eilidh Bateman

Eilidh Bateman

Cancer Support Specialist
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As a Cancer Support Specialist, I discuss the different treatment options open to people visiting the Centre and talk through the emotional and practical changes in their life following a diagnosis of cancer.

I was inspired to train in therapy after a personal experience of using the Centre in Edinburgh. I always hoped one day I could work as a counsellor at Maggie’s – it’s the unique, holistic, and deeply human approach to working with people that I connected with.

Simply put, Maggie’s is a healing place. We hear it every day in the Centre from people coming in. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard someone say that Maggie’s has saved their life. Our visitors can and do express a renewed sense of purpose, control, comfort and pleasure after connecting with the place.

 

 

Monique Proudlove

Monique Proudlove

Counselling Psychologist in Training
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I provide counselling to individuals, offer support to our drop-in visitors and run the men’s group. Everyone is different and finds a different way of getting through their experience. Maggie’s respects this and, as well as offering tried and tested means of support, will listen and respond carefully to the individual.

Interacting with the people who use the Centre is the best thing about my job, and the environment in which I work allows me to respond to people’s needs and find the best way to support them.

Lorraine Gray

Lorraine Gray

Relaxation Therapist
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As a relaxation therapist, I facilitate a combination of one-to-one and group therapies. From gentle massage, to the relaxation and visualisation group, I aim to calm and relax Centre visitors in order to reduce their anxiety and stress. 

I always feel inspired by the range and extent of the programme offered by Maggie’s, which offers extensive emotional and psychological support in a special environment. I am proud to be a part of that.

Jay Shah

Jay Shah

Welfare Rights and Benefits Specialist
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I offer advice to Centre visitors on a wide range of welfare and benefits, as well as assisting them directly to register any claims or appeals. Getting our visitors help when they’ve been led to believe there is none available is such a rewarding challenge for me.

I work with the Department of Work and Pensions, London Transport, law firms and Local Authorities to provide an effective and efficient service to people at a really difficult time. Developing this network is really important.

Maggie’s is like an oasis in a desert. It offers psychological, practical and emotional support to anyone affected by cancer, and this is so often a ray of hope in a dark time for people.

Karim Said

Karim Said

Debt Management and Money Advisor
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My role is to give advice and information about welfare benefits and debt issues to people with cancer, their relatives, carers or friends. I can also act on their behalf too, when needed.  

I try to maximise our Centre visitors’ income, make grant applications to various grant bodies, manage their priority and none priority debts, negotiate with landlords, mortgage lenders, loan companies, local authorities, HMRC, employers, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

By dealing with all these stressful issues for people, I help them get some peace of mind so they can concentrate more on their treatment. One of our visitors described my job, in brief, as ‘Financial Therapist’.

Our Maggie’s Centre is so important because it provides a warm and caring environment where people with cancer and their carers can feel like they are not alone. 

Anna Wall-Budden

Anna Wall-Budden

Centre Fundraising Manager
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My role at Maggie’s West London is to raise funds for the running of the Centre and to spread awareness in the local area of the wonderful work Maggie’s does. This involves working with local companies to fundraise, with local groups to organise events, and with Centre visitors to grow ideas or plan challenges. Each day is different!

The best thing about my job is the wonderful team I work with and the people I meet each day in the Centre. It’s inspiring to see the support Maggie’s can give to people affected by cancer, and uplifting to see how the local community in turn supports Maggie’s.

I have been closely affected by cancer and have experienced the profound distress it can cause, both to the person with cancer and to their friends and family. I believe that Maggie’s makes such a difference to those going through cancer, from the point of diagnosis onwards, and as a fundraiser I wanted to be able to make a difference.  

Catherine Zabilowicz

Catherine Zabilowicz

Nutrition Advisor
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As the Nutrition Advisor at Maggie’s West London, I provide weekly nutrition workshops to help visitors feel empowered to support themselves through a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Eating the right sorts of food is vitally important when undergoing treatment for cancer, so it’s very rewarding to be able to offer this advice.

I love the whole concept of Maggie’s; somewhere homely and welcoming, with free, expert advice on all aspects of coping with a cancer diagnosis. It’s a wonderful place to work.

Julie Parish

Julie Parish

Art Therapist
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I run the expressive art group at Maggie’s West London, which gives people the chance to engage with art materials and find creative ways to articulate things that they are experiencing.

Maggie’s is important because it provides a warm, safe place for support and understanding. It’s inspirational to be part of an organisation that cares so much about people.

Marcia Kenny

Marcia Kenny

Relaxation Therapist
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I have a background in nursing and have been working in oncology for 30 years. What has always struck me about Maggie’s is that it creates a totally different feeling to the hospital environment, and this gives us the freedom to be able to listen to our users as people. 

Maggie’s manages to deliver calmness and an impression of individuality to everyone who comes in.  We make people feel accepted.

I work as a Relaxation Therapist, which involves therapeutic massage and running relaxation classes. I suppose I carry this idea of relaxation with me in my life outside of work, where yoga and gardening are two of my passions.

Carolyn Garritt

Carolyn Garritt

Personal Trainer
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I lead the exercise component of the ‘Where Now?’ courses, and run weekly Nordic walking classes from the Maggie’s Centre along the Thames. I also work with Maggie’s visitors on their personal fitness goals – which range from day-to-day activities like walking and climbing stairs, to running races and strength training.

I absolutely love my job. It is so rewarding to see people get stronger and fitter, and to see their confidence and sense of wellbeing grow and grow. Getting people outdoors – either on foot or with walking poles – is particularly good. I love bringing the Nordic walkers, all rosy cheeked, happy and energised, back to the centre for a well earned cuppa.

Maggie's West London is the loveliest space and an absolute oasis for people at all different points of their cancer diagnosis and life during and after treatment. I feel very lucky to be part of such a fabulous group of professionals.