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



Sarah Jarvis

Services Co-ordinator

Sarah joined the charity in 2009. She previously worked with pre-school children, both as a childminder and in a nursery setting and also worked with children who are absent from school due to sickness or anxiety.  Relevant qualifications and training; 

  • BA (Hons) Childhood & Youth Studies
  • Diploma in Domestic Violence Studies
  • Diploma in Childhood Studies
  • Level 4 Award in Working with Parents (Intense support for families with multiple and complex needs)
  • PTLLS teacher training 
  • NVQ Understanding Working in Mental Health
  • Trained Freedom Domestic Abuse course practitioner
  • Will soon be starting IDVA training

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