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.

Carol Radford

Carol says she has been working in the care industry all her working life and at present she is a Deputy Manager at a nursing home for complex mental health needs. Carol is passionate about caring for people and has gained a lot of knowledge and skills in interacting and caring for others, assisting people to resolve issues and generally supporting others to improve their quality of life. Carol feels that her skills would prove to be very useful in being a trustee. Carol has two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys walking, cycle riding and spending time with her family.

Toni Paine

Toni has worked within Adult Social Care since 2008 in various roles including support worker, activities co-ordinator and in her current role as Day Service Deputy Manager. Toni said she is committed to ensuring the highest standard of personalised care is provided and will work with service users, relatives, staff, other healthcare professionals and agencies to make this possible. Throughout her career she has acquired various practical, managerial and administration skills whilst gaining various diplomas in Health and social care and a management diploma in Health and social care. Toni says she has a professional, realistic but empathetic approach and is committed to helping get Carers the support they deserve. Toni has been a Trustee since 2015 and wishes to continue to utilise her skills to raise awareness of the incredible opportunity and support that the AOC provides. 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.