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Strength through support

Supporting the community’s positive mental health

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Our team

  • download Andrea ChambersChief Executive Officer
    downloadAndrea ChambersChief Executive Officer

    Andrea’s professional background is in nursing. She took up the position of CEO in January 2007 and has been the driving force in shaping and developing Manx Cancer Help into the effective Service it is today. She leads an amazing team of people at Manx Cancer Help. She has managerial responsibility for the service and also provides ongoing support for both our volunteers and the professionally trained staff. Andrea would say that she is extremely proud to be part of such a professional team delivering a highly specialised service.

  • download Robin DavidsonConsultant Clinical Psychologist
    downloadRobin DavidsonConsultant Clinical Psychologist

    Professor Robin Davidson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has published widely in Addictions and Health Psychology and Psycho-oncology.

    He left the Leeds Addiction Unit in 1984 to become Head of Clinical Psychology Services for the Northern Health and Social Board and then in 1997, became director of psychological services in the Belfast City Hospital Trust. It was when with the Trust he developed and managed the McMillian Support and Information Centre. This was the regional multidisciplinary psycho-oncology service for NI.

    He has honorary appointments with Queens University Belfast, The University of Ulster and London South Bank University. He left the NHS several years ago and has a flourishing UK private practice.

    He is currently Co-Chair of GAIN (the NI equivalent of NICE ) and Chair of Alcohol Research UK, formerly AERC.

  • download Adrian VennCognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist 
    downloadAdrian VennCognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist 

    Adrian is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. Adrian worked for the Department of Health for ten years and more recently for the NHS in Cumbria and in Salford, Greater Manchester.

    Adrian’s professional experience encompasses work in education, the justice system and social care, as both a practitioner and a manager. Adrian specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

    Adrian is keen to contribute to and help develop the specialist psycho-oncology approach provided by Manx Cancer Help, assisting people and families to receive effective, evidence-based responses within a compassionate and caring service.

  • download Marjorie ForrestClinical Psychologist
    downloadMarjorie ForrestClinical Psychologist

    Marjorie has worked as a psychologist for 40 years in a variety of clinical settings in both Australia and the UK. She was Consultant Psychologist in the Department of Social Care on the island until 2010.

    In the last decade she has become increasingly interested in the newly emerging fields of Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology, and in particular Emotional Freedom (EFT)or Tapping techniques . These gentle and easy to use techniques are proving remarkably effective in dealing with the fears and anxieties that follow a serious illness diagnosis such as cancer. However her interest is not merely in removing stress but also in supporting the next step in the healing process… activating the body’s own healing processes.

    Marjorie uses a combination of therapy and teaching in her approach. She sees passing on her skills as a crucial component of her work.

    Marjorie has graduate and postgraduate degrees in psychology. She is an Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Association and is HPC registered. She has practicing certificates in EFT, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Clinical Hypnotherapy and a range of more broadly based counselling techniques.

  • download Claire McKinlayPsychotherapist & Complementary Therapist
    downloadClaire McKinlayPsychotherapist & Complementary Therapist.

    Claire has recently qualified as a Psychotherapist and is registered with the British Assoication of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is currently undertaking her MSc in counselling and psychotherapy.

    She has several roles at Manx Cancer Help including the provision of one to one Counselling, facilitating ‘Drop-In’ groups and providing a range of Complementary Therapies; Claire is trained to practice aromatherapy, massage and reflexology.

    Claire enjoys the diversity of all her roles at Manx Cancer Help and her aim is to create a safe and supportive environment for anyone who attends.

  • download Gareth NicholsonCharity operations and events
    downloadGareth NicholsonCharity operations & events

    Gareth has been charged with the task of income generation, marketing and charity operations. Along with the very successful annual events that are much loved by our supporters, Gareth will be introducing mental health education courses throughout 2018. “It is a very exciting time at the centre, with a re-brand, the introduction of new services and educational opportunities being made available, mental health will hopefully become a positive topic of conversation that will spread around the Isle”  

  • download Kathryn HodgsonFundraising and Events Co-ordinator
    downloadKathryn HodgsonFundraising and Events Co-ordinator

    Kathryn joined the team recently and is extremely excited to have been given opportunity to help to fund raise for a charity so close to her heart. Having lost her mum to cancer, which led to a family member developing depression as a consequence, she fully recognises the value of Manx Cancer Help's services and the impact support like it could have had during her Mum's illness 20 years ago.

    She has also been involved with another charity, which helps to empower children to help any causes that are close to their hearts. As part of this, she helped arrange for representatives from the charity to speak to schoolchildren in the Isle of Man and also organised an off-Island trip to thank children for their help.

    Kathryn is a master organiser and can't wait to develop her fundraising ideas.

  • download Dawn HerbertCentre Manager
    downloadDawn HerbertCentre Manager

    Dawn is the Centre Manager at the Lisa Lowe Centre and brings great compassion and organisational skills to the role.

    After losing her daughter following a 7 year battle with cancer Dawn has experienced how a terminal illness affects the whole family and appreciates the psychological impact on all involved. Dawn fully understands the importance of the offering visitors to the Lisa Lowe Centre a warm welcome and a sense of having come to the right place for the support they need.

    Dawn has been a trustee of a local children’s charity for 10 years so realises how challenging it is to raise funding for third sector services and is looking forward to supporting all the members of the team at Manx Cancer Help.

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