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.

Jan Fuller

I am the Service Manager and I started working here in 2012. I have seen our team and area double in size from Hastings and Rother to the whole of East Sussex in this time. The area I cover is Bexhill, Pevensey, Herstmonceux, Polegate, Eastbourne, Seaford and anything in between. I am involved from the original referral to the assessing of the families and finally to the matching. In my spare time I like to walk, cycle and when possible spend time with my grandchildren.

Tim Miller

I have been a Services Coordinator since November 2014 and now cover the Rural Rother, Wealden and Havens area of the county. I am married and have four adult children. I used to work for a European NGO and as a Children and Families Social Worker.

Julie Skinner

I am the Volunteer Manager with the Association.  I joined the charity in September 2014 as Charity Administrator, later I changed roles to Services Co-ordinator including Computer Help at Home Co-ordinator.   In my spare time I enjoy gardening, walking, yoga, going to the theatre, travel and eating out.  I have recently passed my Institute of Learning & Management Level 4 Management qualification.

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. My role is to assist the volunteer manager to recruit, train and support volunteers in their roles. I also support service delivery by responding to referrals, assessing families and matching them with volunteers. In my free time I enjoy running and attending various different kick-boxing classes.

Kathy Burton

I have just recently joined the Association working as a Services Coordinator which involves matching families and volunteers across my area.

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

Tom Cowan

I joined the Association in January 2018 as  Carers Community Worker after moving from Surrey to Battle.

I am enjoying working with Carers and families very much, helping to enable carers to have a much needed break for a few hours is so important. I previously worked in Carers Support in Surrey for 15 years and am very pleased to be in East Sussex now near the sea.

In my spare time I enjoy  playing tennis and golf, walking, eating out, reading, visiting other countries and places in the UK.

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

Jane from Association of Carers
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!

Susan Augustus from Association of Carers
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.