Who’s who

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

Staff and Volunteers

  • 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

  • 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 - Project Consultant

  • 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 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 had been working as our receptionist for two years before being 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 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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 OBE DL is a great supporter of WHI and believes that their ethos is key to their success. Kathy is chair of Friends of Sussex Hospices, an Ambassador for Sussex Community Foundation where she was a Trustee for nine years, and a Patron of Martlets Hospice and Chestnut Tree House. She has completed four marathons 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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  • 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