Our Staff

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Chief Executive

Kate joined Home-Start East Sussex in 2008. She previously worked for a medium sized charity as a senior manager, overseeing the Human Resources department.

Before that she worked in the voluntary sector 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 founding member of the East Sussex Voluntary Sector Alliance https://www.escv.org.uk/vcse-alliance   She acts as the voluntary sector conduit for the East Sussex Children Safeguarding Partnership and the Early Intervention Partnership. She is also a member of SafeLives & Domestic Abuse Service Managers Partnership group.    Kate wants to be part of a community that drives social action over and beyond her organisational role.

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 qualified


Whole Family IDVA

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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Communications and Fundraising Manager

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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Services Administrator

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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Whole Family IDVA

Jo joined Home-Start East Sussex in August 2022. She has an extensive background in training, and working with people who demonstrate challenging behaviours. Jo has gained valuable skills for dealing with stressful and unpredictable situations after years working in the emergency services and aviation.

Most recently, Jo has been working with young adults who are at risk of becoming homeless, which included parents. In this role she supported clients to be able to live independently, she also build partnerships with professionals and local services.

Jo has a 10-year old son and is very familiar with the ups and downs of parenthood.  Jo is passionate about working with clients in a trauma-informed way to become the best version of themselves.

Relevant Qualifications and Training
  • NVQ Level 3 in Direct Training and Support
  • NVQ Level 3 in Mental Health
  • PTLLS Teacher Training
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Services Manager

Clare joined the Home-Start East Sussex team in January 2023. She has worked across a range of charities since her career started to support vulnerable clients experiencing a range of physical, social, financial and mental health difficulties.

Clare took on the role of Services Manager because is particularly passionate about systems and processes, and quality and service improvement. She works on ensuring that all aspects of services are effective and safe, including staff welfare and satisfaction/motivation.

Relevant Qualifications and Training
  • Counselling Skills Level 2 and 3
  • The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT)
  • Safeguarding Level 3
  • Currently completing SafeLives Service Manager Training


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