Our Team

Kate Lawrence

Chief Executive

Kate joined Home-Start East Sussex in 2008. She previously managed the Human Resources department for a medium sized charity and was a member of their Senior Management Team.  Before that she worked with vulnerable young adults, children excluded or at risk of exclusion from mainstream education and young carers.  She spent 16 years as a lone parent.   She is a member of the East Sussex Local Safeguarding Board as the voluntary sector conduit and a member of Speakup, where senior staff from  the East Sussex voluntary and community sector keep in regular contact to share information, engage in dialogue about strategic issues and make decisions for joint action. 

Relevant Qualifications and Training;

  • MCIPD Human Resources Management & Development
  • LSCB Child Protection; Taking the Lead Training
  • PGCE (Post Compulsory Education)
  • Diploma in Domestic Violence Studies
  • Trained Freedom Domestic Abuse course practitioner
  • Currently attending Safelives domestic abuse Service Manager training, stage one one of HSES gaining Leading Light accreditation quality mark status for domestic abuse services



Alex Salmon

Assistant Facilitator for Reflective Domestic Abuse Courses

Alex became a parent-volunteer for our home-visiting service in 2009.  With triplets herself, her parenting experience was particularly valuable to vulnerable families with twins or triplets.   She joined the staff team in 2012 as an Administrator, before being promoted to Office Coordinator in 2014.  In 2016 she attended the Freedom three day Professional Facilitator training with Sarah and Kate before becoming an Assistant Facilitator.

Relevant Qualifications and Training;

  • Trained Freedom Domestic Abuse course practitioner
  • PTLLS Teacher Training
  • NVQs in Understanding Autism and Understanding Working in Mental Health
  • Currebtly working towards a Diploma in Domestic Violence Studies

Vicki Thomson

Community IDVA

Vicki Thomson joined Home Start in 2018. Previously Vicki was a Probation Officer for over eight years, managing male and female offenders released on licence from prison and on community sentences. She has worked as a court officer and led offender group work programmes, including working with male and female survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse. Prior to this Vicki completed a Law degree then worked as a legal advisor. Vicki has two children and is committed to helping families and individuals she is engaged with gaining confidence and independence.



Egle Kelpsaite

Egle joined the charity in 2018. She has worked and volunteered with pre-school children and their families in various settings both in the UK and abroad. Previously Egle worked for East Sussex County Council, first as a Children Centres Volunteer Coordinator and later as a Locality Link Worker, building links and relationships between Adult Social Care and Health, and the Voluntary and Community Sector. Relevant qualifications and training:

  • Level 3 Award in Education & Training
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
  • Training Inspirational Trainers
  • Managing Volunteers
  • Effective Volunteer Management
  • Currently studying for Integrated (Level 4) Diploma in in Resilience & Wellness Coaching Skills