Maureen has had a career in education. She has taught all ages from 3-83, and worked outside the classroom in the industry/education sector, setting up a work experience programme for all 15 year olds. She has also managed an education business partnership in West London, worked as a consultant promoting financial capability in schools across Sussex and worked as a teacher in Lewes Prison Previously she volunteered with Riding for the Disabled and Action Aid, before becoming a volunteer with Home-Start East Sussex’s Family Support Service in 2014.

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.

Jayne is a non-practising solicitor. She has an interest in human rights with a focus on pregnancy and childbirth. She is mother to two daughters, and is also the Director of Advocacy and a welfare and benefits advisor at Eastbourne Foodbank.

Helen has been volunteering for Home-Start East Sussex’s Family Support Service since 2016, something she finds really rewarding. She has seen first hand the difference our support is making, and was pleased to become a trustee in 2020. In her working life, Helen was a ceremonies registrar and latterly an independent funeral celebrant; she retired in 2017. She has always volunteered with local charities including, in the past, with an advocacy service for children and The Prince’s Trust. She is currently a reader with the Eastbourne Talking Newspaper and a volunteer helper with the Winter Night Shelter for the homeless.

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.

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