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. 

  • Kevin Mathieson

    Kevin Mathieson

    Centre Head
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  • Leanna Will

    Leanna Will

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Jenny Makinson

    Jenny Makinson

    Clinical Psychologist
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Kevin Mathieson

Centre Head

As the new Centre Head I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead the day to day management of the Centre and to work as part of an amazing team, who support and empower visitors to our incredible building.

 I have experience from previous posts as a Community Palliative Care Nurse and have held management posts within the local Health and Social Care Partnership, as well as being part of the Senior Management Team of another local cancer charity.

Maggie’s Aberdeen is a tranquil haven within the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where the team are able to spend quality time to focus on each of our visitor’s individual needs. This can either be carried out in one to one sessions, classes, groups, or sitting around the kitchen table.

 

Leanna Will

Cancer Support Specialist

My role as a cancer support specialist is to provide support to anyone visiting the centre affected by cancer at any point in their journey.

 

The best thing about my job is having the time and space to be present with centre visitors in a comforting environment and provide meaningful support.

 

As a nurse my role in the centre embodies care and compassion which aims to help people during a time of great distress and uncertainty. It is a place that inspires others and it is a privilege to be part of the team.

 

Maggie’s is a unique and fundamental environment of care and support for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis enabling and inspiring them to live well.

Jenny Makinson

Clinical Psychologist

My role is to help those affected by cancer to navigate the psychological challenges this brings, to alleviate distress and encourage wellbeing. I deliver this support by working with individuals and couples, as well as in facilitating programme groups, general discussion with Centre visitors, and by contributing to the general environment at Maggie’s.

As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained in a variety of different models and approaches, and tailor this to the individual’s needs. Common themes which arise are loss and bereavement, self-image and identity, fear and uncertainty, and the various impacts on relationships.

I find the ethos of Maggie’s so appealing, and whole-heartedly believe in the focus on wellbeing, active participation, and accessibility.

I feel that Maggie’s has hit on what humans feel, experience, and need in the face of something as potentially challenging as cancer, and provides a unique place for this to be accepted and contained.

  • Chris Zielinski

    Chris Zielinski

    Benefits Advisor
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  • Paula Cormack

    Paula Cormack

    Centre Fundraising Manager
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  • Rebecca Cheyne

    Rebecca Cheyne

    Centre Fundraising Organiser
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Chris Zielinski

Benefits Advisor

I joined Maggie’s Aberdeen at the end of June 2018. My role as Benefits Advisor is to offer advice and support to ensure a person’s income is maximised.

Many centre visitors are worried about how they and their family will cope financially following a cancer diagnosis. I offer a full benefit check. This is often followed up with assistance to complete complex forms. I will also assist people to challenge poor decisions. This can involve attending appeal Tribunals to ensure everyone gets the benefits they are entitled to.

 Money is often the number one worry but I also offer advice on more practical things like blue badges, parking bays, radar keys, wheelchair hire etc.

Paula Cormack

Centre Fundraising Manager

My role at Maggie’s is to develop and nurture relationships with our supporters (both new and long-standing), to help them get the most out of their fundraising efforts. It is not just about helping supporters maximise the financial return from their fundraising activities (although this is clearly very important!) it is also about making sure the whole fundraising experience is as fun and rewarding as possible.  

I get to meet really inspiring people and to work with them on some very exciting projects and events. The best thing about my job, however, is knowing that my efforts are supporting an incredibly good cause.

Maggie’s is special in so many ways, the buildings, the people, the culture and the atmosphere. Maggie’s is here for everyone and anyone facing the challenges of cancer, providing vital support to people at the time when they most need it. In short, Maggie’s is unique.

Rebecca Cheyne

Centre Fundraising Organiser

I am based in the Centre in Aberdeen and I support people who want to fundraise and support Maggie’s Aberdeen. When people come into the centre enquiring about fundraising, I am the first person they will meet. We have a chat about their ideas and I’ll help them get the most from their event or challenge. I also work with the Fundraising Manager, Fundraiser and programme staff to organise centre events and spread the word of Maggie’s.

Maggie’s provides a completely different environment to the hospital. It is nice to see that visitors feel so comfortable here, like it is their own home. A unique and vital part of Maggie’s is that it is a drop in centre so we can support people with cancer, their friends and family when they need it most.

  • Tina Faulkner Elders

    Tina Faulkner Elders

    Qi Gong instructor
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Tina Faulkner Elders

Qi Gong instructor

Qi Gong is about taking an active role in your health and welbeing. Through learning to control your movements and breathe correctly, your mind becomes calm and focused and your body relaxes. I teach Qi Gong movements that peope can take home and practise.By the end of class everybody is more relaxed and less stressed. And everybody has a smile on their face.

It is amazing to be part of the Maggie's team. I have been inspired by the building; its design, beauty and comfort. The dedication and warmth of the staff and volunteers is also very uplifting. You feel better just walking through the door.

Kevin Mathieson

Kevin Mathieson

Centre Head
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As the new Centre Head I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead the day to day management of the Centre and to work as part of an amazing team, who support and empower visitors to our incredible building.

 I have experience from previous posts as a Community Palliative Care Nurse and have held management posts within the local Health and Social Care Partnership, as well as being part of the Senior Management Team of another local cancer charity.

Maggie’s Aberdeen is a tranquil haven within the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where the team are able to spend quality time to focus on each of our visitor’s individual needs. This can either be carried out in one to one sessions, classes, groups, or sitting around the kitchen table.

 

Leanna Will

Leanna Will

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role as a cancer support specialist is to provide support to anyone visiting the centre affected by cancer at any point in their journey.

 

The best thing about my job is having the time and space to be present with centre visitors in a comforting environment and provide meaningful support.

 

As a nurse my role in the centre embodies care and compassion which aims to help people during a time of great distress and uncertainty. It is a place that inspires others and it is a privilege to be part of the team.

 

Maggie’s is a unique and fundamental environment of care and support for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis enabling and inspiring them to live well.

Jenny Makinson

Jenny Makinson

Clinical Psychologist
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My role is to help those affected by cancer to navigate the psychological challenges this brings, to alleviate distress and encourage wellbeing. I deliver this support by working with individuals and couples, as well as in facilitating programme groups, general discussion with Centre visitors, and by contributing to the general environment at Maggie’s.

As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained in a variety of different models and approaches, and tailor this to the individual’s needs. Common themes which arise are loss and bereavement, self-image and identity, fear and uncertainty, and the various impacts on relationships.

I find the ethos of Maggie’s so appealing, and whole-heartedly believe in the focus on wellbeing, active participation, and accessibility.

I feel that Maggie’s has hit on what humans feel, experience, and need in the face of something as potentially challenging as cancer, and provides a unique place for this to be accepted and contained.

Chris Zielinski

Chris Zielinski

Benefits Advisor
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I joined Maggie’s Aberdeen at the end of June 2018. My role as Benefits Advisor is to offer advice and support to ensure a person’s income is maximised.

Many centre visitors are worried about how they and their family will cope financially following a cancer diagnosis. I offer a full benefit check. This is often followed up with assistance to complete complex forms. I will also assist people to challenge poor decisions. This can involve attending appeal Tribunals to ensure everyone gets the benefits they are entitled to.

 Money is often the number one worry but I also offer advice on more practical things like blue badges, parking bays, radar keys, wheelchair hire etc.

Paula Cormack

Paula Cormack

Centre Fundraising Manager
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My role at Maggie’s is to develop and nurture relationships with our supporters (both new and long-standing), to help them get the most out of their fundraising efforts. It is not just about helping supporters maximise the financial return from their fundraising activities (although this is clearly very important!) it is also about making sure the whole fundraising experience is as fun and rewarding as possible.  

I get to meet really inspiring people and to work with them on some very exciting projects and events. The best thing about my job, however, is knowing that my efforts are supporting an incredibly good cause.

Maggie’s is special in so many ways, the buildings, the people, the culture and the atmosphere. Maggie’s is here for everyone and anyone facing the challenges of cancer, providing vital support to people at the time when they most need it. In short, Maggie’s is unique.

Rebecca Cheyne

Rebecca Cheyne

Centre Fundraising Organiser
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I am based in the Centre in Aberdeen and I support people who want to fundraise and support Maggie’s Aberdeen. When people come into the centre enquiring about fundraising, I am the first person they will meet. We have a chat about their ideas and I’ll help them get the most from their event or challenge. I also work with the Fundraising Manager, Fundraiser and programme staff to organise centre events and spread the word of Maggie’s.

Maggie’s provides a completely different environment to the hospital. It is nice to see that visitors feel so comfortable here, like it is their own home. A unique and vital part of Maggie’s is that it is a drop in centre so we can support people with cancer, their friends and family when they need it most.

Tina Faulkner Elders

Tina Faulkner Elders

Qi Gong instructor
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Qi Gong is about taking an active role in your health and welbeing. Through learning to control your movements and breathe correctly, your mind becomes calm and focused and your body relaxes. I teach Qi Gong movements that peope can take home and practise.By the end of class everybody is more relaxed and less stressed. And everybody has a smile on their face.

It is amazing to be part of the Maggie's team. I have been inspired by the building; its design, beauty and comfort. The dedication and warmth of the staff and volunteers is also very uplifting. You feel better just walking through the door.