Who’s who

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

Staff and Volunteers

  • Frances

    Frances has worked in various roles within the project since 1999. She now has overall responsibility for running the project - everything from leading the team to fundraising and managing the budgets. Frances is a member of Brighton and Hove Learning Partnership and City College Corporation.

    Frances Duncan - Director

  • Helen

    Helen is a Community Education specialist. Using her experience and expertise, she works with a range of local people and organisations to develop and deliver the learning and IAG project. Helen is currently participating in the “Systems and Complex Systems Approaches” Knowledge Exchange at the University of Brighton

    Helen Thomas - Curriculum & Advice Service Manager

  • Helen

    Julie has worked as a careers advisor since 2000. She also teaches all aspects of careers advice and belly dancing. She regularly performs with BD4U and co-ordinates the group.

    Julie Campbell - Careers Advisor

  • Anna

    Anna has lived and worked in Brighton and Hove for almost 20 years. She has been supporting people into employment, training, education and volunteering opportunities and is the newest recruit to the team offering careers advice and guidance support .

    Anna Muten - Careers Advisor

  • Sasha

    Sasha has worked in education for many years. Since moving to Brighton, she has volunteered for numerous charity organisations, including the Friends Centre & the BUCFP. In 2009 she started working for the Whitehawk Inn and has since taken on a more formal role with responsibilty for the smooth running of the project.

    Sasha Coe - Centre Administrator

  • Stacey

    Stacey recently completed the Prince's Trust program at the Whitehawk Inn and applied for the Receptionist role - we are very happy to have her join our team. She is also a keen volunteer and currently lends her spare time as a dance instructor for a local performing arts charity.

    Stacey Barham - Cafe 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.

    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

  • Margaret

    Margaret started here as a student back in 2000. She has been volunteering in the community for many years and currently runs an outreach advice service for PALS. She is here to offer NHS support every Wed from 10am-12pm.

    Margaret Macdonald - Volunteer

  • Mary

    Mary supports learners in our IT Taster 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 two IT classes, helping them in their own learning journeys.

    Mark King - Volunteer

  • Neil

    Over the last year Neil has succesfully completed four IT courses with us and just recently passed his Level 2 in ECDL. He has kindly offered to help other students reach the same goal and lends support in the beginners course.

    Neil Smith - Volunteer

  • Tim

    Tim has lived & worked in Brighton for 25 years. He has recently started here as a volunteer receptionist, he said, "Having really benefitted from the support and classes on offer here, I wanted to be part of, and a help to, the centre and the community".

    Tim Farman - 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


back to top

Trustees

  • 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

  • Scott

    Scott is Managing Director at This is Regeneration Ltd and brings 20 years experience to the board. He is committed to supporting organisations delivering training and skills opportunities for local residents.

    Scott Marshall - Treasurer

  • 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 - Vice Chair

  • Natalie

    Natalie is one of our new 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 - Community 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

  • Margaret

    Margaret has wide ranging experience in the statutory and voluntary sector including working in further education and as a fundraiser. As a qualified accountant, Margaret is involved in finance & fundraising as well as planning the development of Whitehawk Inn's services to the community.

    Margaret Hallah - Appointed Trustee

  • Margaret

    Margaret is a committed volunteer in the East Brighton area. Along with her advice work for PALS, she often collects donations for the Whitehawk Inn fundraising committee and is involved with the Hub group, offering talks on various health issues.

    Margaret Macdonald - Community Trustee

  • 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 - Partner Trustee


back to top

Patrons

  • 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


back to top

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


back to top

Associates

  • 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