Christine has been a trustee of Home-Start East Sussex since she retired towards the end of 2008; she became the chair in 2011 and her main focus has been on quality assurance. Before joining Home-Start, she had a 40-year career in further and higher education. She was appointed the librarian of the University of Brighton in 1989 and became the University’s registrar and secretary for the last ten years of her working life. Christine is the honorary secretary of a charity supporting the elderly; and works with another charity dedicated to promoting chamber music in Brighton and Hove.
Derek has been a trustee since 2006 and in the same year started training to become a home-visiting volunteer as a response to the acknowledged need for more male volunteers. Before joining the scheme Derek was head of marketing for BT and was a Royal National Institute for the Blind talking books volunteer for 20 years.
John Thurley has been a trustee of the scheme since 2010 and was our treasurer until 2016. Before his retirement in 2009 he was an IT specialist with UK National Audit Office.
Mark Brewer became a trustee in 2011 and is head of the personnel sub-committee. He is executive chairman of Brewers the Decorators merchant and retailer, a family business since 1904 and now country wide.
Jo Szalay, became our safeguarding trustee in 2014. She was born and brought up in Newhaven and worked as a nurse in the NHS in Women’s and Children’s Services for 36 years. She is also a volunteer for Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice.
Sarah became a trustee in July 2016. After a career in Public Relations, Sarah has most recently worked as Marketing Officer at Northease Manor School. Sarah has had a number of voluntary roles while raising her family. She is currently a Governor at Rodmell Primary School.
Ken became a trustee in July 2016 and is now our Treasurer. He is a professionally qualified banker and treasurer, and during 50 years paid employment held senior financial positions at various commercial and not-for-profit organisations until his retirement at the start of 2012. He is currently Treasurer of the National Approved Premises Association (NAPA), which is linked to the Ministry of Justice in London, Treasurer of the Family Support Work charity and a volunteer with CARE in Haywards Heath. He also sings with the Vivace! Group, which performs concerts to raise money for charity.