Who’s who

Read more about the team of committed and professional staff, volunteers and trustees

Staff and Volunteers

  • Frances

    Frances has a lifelong passion to see individual and community regeneration and has built her personal & professional life around projects and initiatives that bring transformative change. She has led WHI as its director since 2003. Outside of work, she loves spending time with family and friends, preferably in a sunny place.

    Frances Duncan - Director

  • Tina

    As Project Manager, Tina manages the day to day work of the project. Her background is in adult & community learning and workforce development.

    Tina O'Donnell - Project Manager

  • Anna

    Anna has lived and worked in Brighton & Hove for almost 20 years. She is experienced in supporting people into employment, volunteering and education and offers professional careers advice and guidance support.

    Anna Muten - Careers Advisor

  • Helen

    Julie leads our Women into Work Project, supporting women into training, volunteering and work. She is an experienced careers advisor and passionate about dancing; she teaches belly dancing across the city and runs the community dance troupe BD4U. Julie recognises the benefits of lifelong learning and is currently studying Bollywood dance.

    Julie Campbell - Careers Advisor

  • Stacey

    Stacey has been working as our receptionist for two years now and has just been promoted to Centre Administrator! She is also a keen volunteer and currently lends her spare time as a dance instructor for a local performing arts charity.

    Stacey Barham - Centre Administrator

  • Louise

    Louise is our new Admin Receptionist. She has worked in many different support roles and as a tutor with colleges in Brighton and Manchester. She enjoys meeting new people and making them feel welcome when visiting the centre. Outside of work, Louise spends her time working as an artist and illustrator.

    Louise Hinman - Admin Receptionist

  • Sandra

    Sandra has worked as Study Smart tutor since 2005, giving additional 1:1 support to learners. She also volunteers as a classroom assistant in our ECDL course.

    Sandra Elliott - Study Smart Tutor

  • Rufus

    Rufus has managed the IT system and been responsible for Health & Safety at the project since 2004. Away from the day job, he works part time as an acupuncturist.

    Rufus Jordan - IT & Resource Worker

  • Helen

    Stephen started here as a student in 2003. He went on to qualify as an IT tutor. He also works part time as our Caretaker.

    Stephen Fairchild - Maintenance Worker & Caretaker

  • Mary

    Mary supports learners in our IT drop-in sessions and other IT classes. Having been a learner herself, Mary said, “I wanted to share my experience, encourage other people and give something back”

    Mary Chapman - Volunteer

  • Mark

    Mark started studying in September 2011 and when approached, was more than happy to volunteer his time. He is now assisting other students in various IT classes, helping them in their own learning journeys.

    Mark King - Volunteer

  • Neil

    A few years back Neil succesfully completed four IT courses with us and then passed his Level 2 in ECDL. He kindly offered to help other students reach the same goal and lends support in the beginner's course.

    Neil Smith - Volunteer

  • Lynn

    Lynn moved to Brighton in 2012 after taking early retirement. A keen volunteer, she has worked with numerous charities over many years in the North West. Looking for a local charity, she was impressed with WHI after attending a couple of courses here. She now volunteers for us on reception.

    Lynn Hutchinson - Volunteer

  • Fundraisers

    The Collections Team work hard to raise the profile of the project and to raise money through events, sponsored activities, collections and sales. Since June 2010 they have raised over £3000 towards the work of the Whitehawk Inn. If you would like to be part of this fun and dynamic team, please contact Vy Shepherd at vyshepherd26@hotmail.com

    Collections Team

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  • Jon

    Jon has worked as a volunteer business mentor with the Prince's Trust for many years and brings a wealth of business development expertise to the board. He has been a senior Technology leader with several major financial institutions, currently with Visa.

    Jon Downing - Chair

  • Alistair

    Alistair has been involved with the project from the start. He is currently Vice Chair and leads our Transformation agenda. After many years working in technology for large corporations, he is establishing himself as a freelance team development consultant.

    Alistair Duncan - Appointed Trustee

  • Natalie

    Natalie was one of our first community trustees and a dedicated student at the Whitehawk Inn. She has been actively involved with charity work for over 40 years and feels strongly about the importance of education as a means of changing lives.

    Natalie Collins - Appointed Trustee

  • Jackie

    As Director of MACS, Jackie brings over 15 years' experience in the world of debt and welfare benefit advice. Her experience of managing a charitable organisation brings a valuable perspective to the board.

    Jackie Grigg - Partner Trustee

  • Victoria

    Victoria Mason has been a partner of Cardens Accountants since its inception in 2006. She assists clients all day long on how to run their businesses tax efficiently. She brings this knowledge and financial experience to the board.

    Victoria Mason - Treasurer

  • Dean

    Dean has experience in developing opportunities in education, training and entrepreneurship for young people. He is a member of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative and the Economic Partnership. He believes it is important for business people to actively contribute to the wider community.

    Dean Orgill - Appointed Trustee

  • Naomi

    Naomi is a researcher at the University of Brighton. She first came to the WHI to do a research project recording some of our learners' journeys. Having been inspired by their stories and the work of the project, she joined the board.

    Naomi Smith - Vice Chair

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  • Graham

    Graham Bartlett, recently retired from 30 years of policing in Brighton & Hove, says of the Whitehawk Inn “For me they exemplify all that is positive in the community. They have achieved wonderful things for East Brighton, providing support to many people. This has such an impact on ones independence and dignity“.

    Graham Bartlett - Patron

  • Kathy

    Kathy Gore, DL is a great supporter of WHI and believes that their ethos is key to their success. Kathy is chair of East Sussex Hospices and a Trustee of the Sussex Community Foundation. She is a marathon runner and was an Olympic torchbearer in July 2012.

    Kathy Gore - Patron

  • Peter

    Peter James is the international best-selling crime thriller novelist and author of the world's first electronic novel. As well as being our patron, he supports other local and national charities. He said “I am thrilled and honoured to have become Patron of a charity so very close to my heart“.

    Peter James - Patron

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Patrons of our Appeal

  • Mike

    Mike really is a Humanitarian at home in Brighton. He is well known for his legendary work to save The British Engineerium and Newlands School. Mike is a remarkable man and devotes his personal time to helping others. He is the 'Leading Light' of our Learning for Life Appeal.

    Mike Holland - Patron of our Appeal

  • Bob

    Bob is Chairman of Mears Group PLC. He stands out in the voluntary sector by giving up his time and money to long term projects that help others, both at home and overseas. He makes it a personal challenge to open up opportunities for others to better their lives.

    Bob Holt - Patron of our Appeal

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  • Gary

    Gary is Managing Director of Mears South, the construction and maintenance company. His own experience gives him good insight into the barriers people might face when pursuing their dream.

    Gary Lester - Associate

  • John

    John was a founding trustee and served on the board for 16 years before becoming an associate. In his professional life, John is a publisher and a published author; he is also an accomplished fisherman.

    John Parsons - Associate

  • Hazel

    Hazel has over 25 years experience as a Human Resources professional in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She volunteers in the WHI Job Drop Inn and also provides advice on employment rights.

    Hazel Randall - Associate

  • Linda

    Linda has had a connection with WHI for nearly 15 years, through her project work in the community and in her role of partner trustee. She still maintains her links as an associate, always keeping WHI in mind when there are potential opportunities that would benefit the organisation

    Linda Shaw - Associate