Our Staff 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
  • Qualified Freedom Domestic Abuse course practitioner
  • Qualified Who’s in Charge Child to Parent Violence and Abuse practitioner
  • NVQ 4 in Managing Gender-Based Services
  • SafeLives Domestic Abuse Service Managers Programme

 

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Alex Salmon

Groups Lead

Alex’s journey with Home-Start East Sussex started in 2009 when she trained as a parent-volunteer for our home-visiting service.  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, became Office Coordinator in 2014 and began assisting on our domestic abuse programmes in 2016. She is now groups lead for our Lotus Domestic Abuse Recovery Programme, Being Mum group for new mums and the upcoming Who’s in Charge child-to-parent violence programme for parents.

Relevant Qualifications and Training;

  • Diploma in Domestic Violence Studies
  • Qualified Freedom Domestic Abuse recovery course practitioner
  • Qualified Who’s in Charge Child to Parent Violence and Abuse practitioner
  • PTLLS Teacher Training
  • NVQs in Understanding Autism and Understanding Working in Mental Health
  • Working towards IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) qualification
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Egle Kelpsaite

Volunteer Family Support Service Coordinator

Egle joined the charity in 2018. She has worked and volunteered with preschool children and their families in various settings, both in the UK and abroad. She previously worked for East Sussex County Council.  Her first post was as a Children Centres’ Volunteer Coordinator.  She then became 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
  • Level 4 Integrated Diploma in in Resilience & Wellness Coaching Skills
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Rachel Morrison

Programmes Assistant

 

Rachel initially joined Home-Start East Sussex as a volunteer, before becoming a permanent member of staff in 2020. She previously worked in community fundraising for charities both in the UK and internationally. Throughout her academic career, she conducted research into attachment and mental health outcomes, the psychology of the family and gender-based violence including domestic abuse, so has specialist knowledge in the fields of mental health and women’s rights.

Relevant qualifications and training:

  • BSc Psychology with Clinical Approaches
  • MA Human Rights
  • Trained in the Freedom Programme for Domestic Abuse Recovery
  • Presently working towards a Diploma in Domestic Violence Studies
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Jordan Hollis

Programmes Assistant

Jordan originally volunteered with Home-Start carrying out research across charities in the UK to help re-write our Domestic Abuse programme, ensuring it matched our service-user led, strengths based, holistic ethos. She is passionate about feminism and gender-based inequalities and oppression. For her MA she researched collaboratively with mothers and explored the unfair discourses, exclusions, and distress that mothers can face. Her family have fostered children throughout her life, she is familiar with the difficulties that disadvantaged families can face, and is enthusiastic about child-centred outcomes. She worked as a Primary school teacher for four years, building relationships with families with struggles, and supporting children with a wide range of needs.

Relevant qualifications and training:

  • MA Community Psychology
  • PGCE (3-7 years specialism)
  • BA Culture, Education and Childhood
  • Presently working towards a Diploma in Domestic Violence studies.
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