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:
Julie Mercer

I joined the Association of Carers in September 2014 and have been the Charity Manager since July 2020. Prior to this I have worked in a variety of different roles within the charity, including Services Co-ordinator, Volunteer Manager and Operations 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, before moving into the role of Volunteer Manager. I have recently been appointed Deputy Manager of the charity.  In my spare time I enjoy doing Crossfit, travelling and spending time with my children.

Kathy Burton

I joined Association of Carers in 2017 as a Services Coordinator before moving into the role of Volunteer Coordinator in April 2021. This role involves recruiting and training our volunteers.

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

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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!

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..