Our Staff

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Kate

Chief Executive
(she/her)

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.

Kate 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
  • NVQ 4 in Managing Gender-Based Services
  • SafeLives Domestic Abuse Service Managers Programme
  • MCIPD Human Resources Management & Development 
  • Masters Module “Supervising and Managing Professionals” Sussex University
  • Succession Planning and Leadership Development Programme (Association of Directors of Children’s Services)
  • LSCB Child Protection; Taking the Lead Training
  • PGCE PCE (Post Compulsory Education – encompasses sixth form/further education, higher education, post-16 training academies, work-based learning, apprenticeships, private training organisations and any other teaching and training that does not fall within the Primary or Secondary Education sectors)
  • Diploma in Domestic Violence Studies
  • Qualified Freedom Domestic Abuse course practitioner
  • Qualified Who’s in Charge Child to Parent Violence and Abuse practitioner
  • SafeLives IDVA trained
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Alex

Operations Manager
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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 then became groups lead for our Lotus Domestic Abuse Recovery Programme, Being Mum group for new mums and Who’s in Charge child-to-parent violence programme for parents. Alex is now HSES’s Operations Manager.

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
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Egle

Family Support & Volunteer Coordinator
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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 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Postnatal Depression Awareness Diploma Course
  • Child Protection: Taking the Lead training
  • Level 3 Award in Education & Training
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
  • Integrated Diploma in Resilience and Wellness Coaching Skills
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Jordan

Whole Family IDVA
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Jordan volunteered with Home-Start during her masters studies researching to contribute to the re-writing of our domestic abuse recovery programme.  She now works with us as a Whole Family Independent Violence Advisor (IDVA), supporting victim survivors one-to-one and in our recovery programmes.

Jordan is passionate about supporting and working collaboratively with victim survivors to increase their safety and wellbeing, Jordan is client-led and encourages victim survivors to progress in their recovery at their pace. Jordan is a Community Psychologist and works within a holistic and de-medicalised belief and approach to mental health and psycho-social difficulties. Jordan has researched gender-based inequalities and oppression with mothers to highlight the disproportionate expectations and discourses which persist,  and how these can increase distress and difficulties for those who have become parents.

Jordan also works as a Primary school teacher, encouraging and inspiring learning and enjoying the creative and pastoral side of working with children aged 4-11.

Jordan was raised with fostered brothers and sisters and understands some of the difficulties and experiences that families who have children that are not currently in their care may face.

Relevant Qualifications and Training
  • MA Community Psychology
  • PGCE (3-7 years specialism)
  • BA Culture, Education and Childhood
  • Diploma in Domestic Violence studies.
  • SafeLives IDVA qualified
  • Qualified Who’s in Charge Child to Parent Violence and Abuse practitioner
  • Qualified Healing Together facilitator

 

 

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Jude

Groups Facilitator and Community Fundraising Coordinator
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Jude joined Home-Start East Sussex in 2021. She has several years experience working with children and families in the Early Years and Playwork sectors and has taught childcare and education in further education.

Jude has trained and managed volunteers for charitable organisations working to support families on an inclusive basis.

Relevant Qualifications and Training
  • Diploma Childcare & Education
  • Certificate Further Education
  • Diploma Therapeutic Childcare
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Natalie

Whole Family IDVA
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Natalie joined home start in 2022 after spending 8 years working in the police, most recently as a civilian detective investigating serious & complex crime.

She is passionate about reducing domestic abuse, violence against women & girls, and helping support victim survivors and their families to move on with their lives. She has worked closely with victims, perpetrators and families affected by a variety of crime, but is particularly experienced in investigating domestic abuse at all levels of risk.

Natalie is very knowledgeable about the impact of domestic abuse, the workings of the criminal justice system. She has worked closely with partner agencies over the years including children services, IDVAs, solicitors and mental health services. She has previously worked as a MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) coordinator working closely with partner agencies involved in the MARAC process and child protection conferences

Natalie is motivated by wanting to help others and found working with victims particularly rewarding in her previous roles.

Relevant Qualifications and Training
  • Achieved a Chief Constables Award in September 2021 for ‘For relentless determination, resilience and investigative skill in a complex, high risk, domestic abuse stalking case. For re-engaging the victim, showing incredible victim focus and tenacity, to obtain the evidence to charge the perpetrator and obtain a guilty plea at crown court.’
  • PIP2 accredited detective investigator
  • Tier 2 trained in interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects
  • Working towards SafeLives IDVA qualification
  • Working towards Healing Together traumed informed delivery of services
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Emily

Administration Manager
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Emily joined Home-Start East Sussex in January 2022. She has a background in Education, she spent 6 years teaching English as a Foreign Language in Brighton. Emily has experience of living and working in Italy and has spent a considerable amount of time with people from other cultures.

Emily became a mum for the first time during the pandemic in January 2021. She decided on a career change after returning from maternity leave and wanted to be part of a small local charity giving back to the community.

Relevant Qualifications and Training
  • ESCC Safeguarding Adults Training
  • ESCC Safeguarding Children and Young People Training
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Keira

Peer Support and EDI Coordinator
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Keira started with Home-Start East Sussex in April 2022. Her background is in project co-ordination and volunteer management for a variety of charities, supporting young people and older adults from all walks of life.

She has recently completed a Masters in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, which will inform her work at HSES in ensuring our services are inclusive and accessible to marginalised groups within East Sussex. Keira is passionate about taking an intersectional approach to feminism, and tackling societal injustices that prevent people feeling safe and valued in their local communities and the world at large.

Relevant Qualifications and Training
  • MA in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
  • SafeTALK Grassroots Suicide Prevention
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Roisin

Services Administrator
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Roisin joined Home-Start East Sussex in April 2022. She has a background in supporting young people where she worked in a Children’s Respite and Residential Home for young people with Autism and challenging behaviour.

Roisin and her partner had a baby at the start of the pandemic in April 2020. She was a stay-at-home Mum during the pandemic and is now ready for a new challenge.

Relevant Qualifications and Training
  • Residential Childcare Diploma
  • Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Training
  • PROACT-SCIP Training for young people with challenging behaviour
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Oona

Domestic Abuse Advisor
She/her

Oona joined HSES in April 2022 after providing emotional support to children and adults at risk of abuse and neglect for over eight years. She has worked as a teacher with young adults with multiple complex needs, as a helpline volunteer, group facilitator and refuge befriender in a domestic abuse service and as a mental health support worker for adults with complex mental health needs and substance misuse issues.

Oona is multicultural and trilingual. In her capacity as a teacher of English as a foreign language, she worked with pupils from all over the world, including a two-year contract in China. In her role as a multilingual advocate for a specialised refugee agency, she has also provided emotional support to asylum seekers through the whole process of relocation to the UK.

Oona is currently on an MSc postgraduate programme in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and will be specialising in cross-cultural issues and domestic abuse. Gentle, caring, and empathetic, Oona is passionate about creating a safe space for people, wherever they may be on their healing journey.

Relevant Qualifications and Training
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • MA Anthropology & Cultural Politics
  • MSc Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling (ongoing)

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