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 a Royal National Institute for the Blind Talking books volunteer for 20 years.
John Thurley has been a trustee of the scheme since 2010 when he took over the treasurer’s role. Before his retirement in 2009 he was an IT specialist with UK National Audit Office.
Mark Brewer became a trustee in 2011 and is chairman 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 a 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.
Ron Hunter’s involvement with Home-Start East Sussex commenced in 2001 when he was asked to convert the charity, then an unincorporated organisation into a company limited by guarantee. He was appointed honorary Company Secretary in 2002 when the company was registered, later becoming a trustee in 2005.
Prior to his retirement, Ron held various senior positions in administration during his 40 years employment within the Co-operative Movement, during which time he was for many years active at national level in the National Association of Co-operative Officials – a trade union and professional association.
Until recently, Ron served on the Board of Southdown, a well-known award winning, organisation supporting vulnerable people, and was an elected officeholder within the Co-operative Group’s Area and Regional democratic structure.
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. 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.
Sara works as a funder for London-based charities and is able to use her experience of reading and granting bids to advise the Chief Executive. She also shares her strategic planning skills with the Board. As a mother of two young children Sara is aware of the need for additional support and guidance through what can be a very challenging time.