Our Staff

We are a small committed team who work closely together to ensure the smooth operational running of the charity. Here is a short biography on each team member:
Sue Palmer

I am the Director of the Charity and have been working at the Association of Carers since 2009. My role is to oversee the work of the Charity and report directly to the Trustees. I have previously worked as a Residential Manager of a home for people with a learning disability. I have a Level 4 NVQ and a Registered Managers award in Health and Social Care and a Diploma in Teaching Yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga.

In my spare time I participate in walking, running and also teaching yoga.

Julie Skinner

I am the Operations Manager for the Charity.  I joined the Association of Carers in September 2014, as the Charity Administrator, since then I have worked in a variety of different roles, including Services Co-ordinator and Volunteer Manager.  I have an ILM Level 4 Management qualification. In my spare time I enjoy walking, yoga, gardening, music, eating out, Reiki and travel.

Sue Bance

I joined the team in June 2015 as Charity Administrator. I have previously worked as an administrator for a community education project and an IT tutor. I enjoy reading, computers, walking my dog, and knitting.

Louise Vladi

I joined the team in March 2016 as a coordinator and have recently taken on the role of Volunteer Coordinator.  My role is to recruit, train and support volunteers in their roles.   In my spare time I enjoy doing Crossfit, travelling and spending time with my children.

Kathy Burton

I work at the Association as a Services Coordinator which involves matching families with volunteers across my area of Hastings and Rother. 

I have a working background in Digital Sports Marketing and Recruitment.  In my spare time I enjoy playing badminton and walking my dog.

Caroline Scotter

I have recently joined as a very part time Community Worker providing respite breaks to Carers. I am greatly enjoying this having spent nearly 20 years supporting older people and carers through projects within the Charity Sector.

I love walking by the sea and in the beautiful Easy Sussex countryside, creative writing, travelling, the theatre and spending time with my family. I also very much value living close to my 5 year old Grandaughter which has given me the opportunity to experience all the wonderful different stages of her life so far

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Jane Caley

I joined the team in April 2018 as Events and Marketing Coordinator. My job is to organise and promote events that support, celebrate, and raise awareness of the amazing work that unpaid carers do. In my spare time I am a musician, screen-printer and milliner, and an avid horror film fan!

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Susan Augustus

I joined the Association of Carers in November 2018 as charity shop manager. I am very excited to be opening their first shop in Queens Road Hastings which will provide much needed funds and awareness of the vital support the Association of Carers give to unpaid carers throughout East Sussex.

I have worked in retail for over 30 years with 25 years at Aquascutum starting as a sales assistant, going on to become an area manager, including a spell managing their concession within Harrods.

In my spare time I love cooking, looking through my many cook books, and watching cookery programmes. I live with my partner and his elderly aunt, who celebrated her 103 birthday in August, and I assist him in her care. I also enjoy reading.

I look forward to welcoming you to our new shop.

Maggie Hawke
Maggie Hawke

I joined the Association in February 2019 as a Services Coordinator which involves matching families with volunteers across my area of Eastbourne and High Weald. I previously worked with the Independent Living Service in East Sussex.  In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs and spending time with family and friends..