Our Trustees

Clive Whitehead Trustee Photo
Clive Whitehead – Treasurer / Acting Chair

 

Clive has been a trustee for 8 years. He has found being a trustee a very enlightening experience in terms of how the charity works, and the demands that are put on everyone involved in the work the charity undertakes.

With no real prior knowledge of caring or trusteeship, Clive had to learn about the charity and the role of a trustee. Talking to staff and carers helped him understand the importance of such a worthwhile charity.

The arrival of COVID brought new challenges, with no face to face meetings and everything being done electronically. However, even though there has been limited exposure for the charity, the board of trustees has expanded which can only be a good thing. Clive looks forward to seeing the charity continue to increase awareness of what the charity does.

Outside of the charity, Clive is a fully qualified accountant and has been running his own practice for a couple of years, which has continued to expand. His interests are all sports, he is a keen cyclist as well as enjoying playing 5 a side football. He has a close relationship with his children as well as his partner. His other interest is his parrot a yellow crested Amazon, who is very entertaining as well as demanding.

Toni Paine

Toni has been a Trustee since 2015 and wishes to continue to use her skills and knowledge to raise awareness of the charity and the incredible opportunity and support it provides for carers across the county.

Toni is the Deputy Manager of a nursing home and is also currently studying for her Mental health nursing degree at university.

Toni’s aim in life is simply to help people and make her daughter proud

Roger Service

Roger is a Civil Engineer specialising in Health and Safety after retiring from Central Government. He was a Trustee  Board member of The Chartered Management Institute and now spends his time helping other people through volunteering with various charity organisations. His passion is Welsh Rugby and he enjoys gardening.

 

John Piper

John has just fully retired, having had careers in retail travel management, IT training, practice management (legal) and my own IT Consultancy. He is a  professional member of the BSC (The Charted Institute for IT). He has been volunteering for the Association of Carers for a little while on the Computer Help at Home service. He has found to be enjoyable and will continue to do so. He has 2 children and 5 Grandchildren.  He enjoy foreign travel, keeping marine fish, photography and walking his dog Teddy.

 

Andy Thomas

From Monmouthshire via S. London, Andy has lived in Lewes for many years. He was a partner in a large Sussex law firm and is now semi-retired.

As a young man, he worked in the NHS including in operating theatres and also has experience of being a full-time carer.

He is currently secretary of a community interest company promoting local music and was joint founder of Rocket FM, a seasonal local radio station

 

Linda Witten

Linda, although born in Canada after WW2, grew up in Brighton and has lived in a village in Sussex ever since. With her late husband they raised three children and when her children were small she was actively involved in lots of village community endeavours including fundraising for a new sports centre. For many years Linda ran a charity to provide domestic support and shopping for mainly elderly people in Mid Sussex and was also a serving magistrate until her retirement in 2017. She has previous trustee experience having been a governor of Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. She has experience of the carers network in West Sussex when her husband was nursed at home and she has very current experience of caring as she has responsibility for her 99 year old mother who lives with her.

Luke Apps

Luke joined as a trustee in May 2021. He runs two recruitment businesses that offer professional staff across the UK. In his spare time Luke watches Aston Villa play football and also spends time with his daughter Neve