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.

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..