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Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing & Districts and Relate North & South West Sussex are both governed by a board of Trustees. Each Trustee board is responsible for the effective working and strategic direction of the Centres. 

Read more about our Trustees and how to become one below.

Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing & Districts Trustees

Geoffrey Heath, Chair

Geoff HeathGeoff became Chair of Relate Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne & Districts in 2010. Since 2013, he has been Chair of the South East Regional Meeting.

After becoming qualified social worker, Geoff worked in Probation Service where he developed an interest in homelessness. He subsequently worked for a number of housing, care and support organisations as senior manager and as non-executive director.

He is an accredited community mediator, working as a volunteer in Brighton.

In Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing & Districts, he has been focused on securing the future of the local centre with initiatives to improve income and efficiency and a commitment to modernisation. 

Mandy TylerMandy Tyler, Treasurer

Mandy became a Trustee and Treasurer of Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing & Districts in September 2015. After beginning her working life as a computer programmer she then moved into accounting and qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor. She spent some years in the 1980’s working in the international tax department for Commercial Union. In the 1990’s she set up her own accounting practice specialising in working with artists and the not-for-profit sector. Mandy now works as a Finance Manager for two small local charities alongside her own practice.

With a strong track record in finance and accounting she is focussed on improving the long term future of Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing & Districts.

Being Brighton born and bred she enjoys being involved in local activities as it is important to her that Brighton continues to be a great place to live.

Kim Shamash

Kim ShamashKim became a Trustee in 2014. She retired in June 2013 after working as a consultant psychiatrist for 18 years. During this time she also had 11 years experience as a senior NHS manager including several years at board level in Trusts providing community and mental health services. She shared the lead for health and social care governance and led a successful project for an electronic care record system. She has had a wealth of experience of consulting over and setting strategic direction and has played a key part in numerous changes to improve the quality and efficiency of NHS services. 

Kim has a strong track record of team and partnership working across organisations and has always looked for ways to improve customer experience. She believes it is important to collaborate with partners to increase the availability of relationship counselling for families affected by long term health conditions. 

Since retiring, in addition to joining Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing & Districts, she has been involved with a local dementia charity, has published a guide and tool for advance care planning and continues to play in a band.

Lorna Stagg

Lorna StaggLorna has been a Trustee since December 2013.

Lorna has worked in the voluntary sector since the 1990's. She started working in support of people with learning disabilities in housing and employment. Having moved into charity management, in local and national health, carers' and disability support charities, Lorna developed specialisms in governance and fundraising. More recently, she worked for a large national grant-giving body, and was a Funding Adviser to local voluntary and community groups for a Sussex voluntary sector support organisation.

Lorna has lived in Lewes, East Sussex, since 2003. She is currently manager of a local charitable trust which gives welfare support, advice and grants.

Lorna is keen to help improve the sustainability of Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing & Districts and to help bring effective relationship support to the widest range of people who need it.


Relate North & South West Sussex Trustees

Christine Mortimer, Chair

Christine MortimerChristine became a Trustee in 2014 and also sits on the Marketing Committee.

A Marketing and Public Relations professional, Christine has over 20 years experience in the tourism and hospitality sectors, specialising in destination management in the Caribbean marketplace, covering strategic planning, management and implementation of promotional campaigns involving trade and consumer audiences as well as media across all disciplines.

Having started her career as a journalist, Christine moved into Consumer and Business to Business PR, and Sports Sponsorships first, where she worked on many generic campaigns across the Food, Garden and Home Appliance markets, covering national and provincial consumer media, as well as Radio and TV. From there in 1991 she moved into travel PR and Marketing for the Government of the British Virgin Islands. 

Due to an illness in the family, she has taken a career change and has now re-trained as a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.

Christine sits as a Parish Councillor in Pulborough and is a member on its Planning Committee. 

Alan Lane, Treasurer

Alan LaneAlan was appointed as a Trustee in October 2008.

His early career in the food industry was concerned with the development and management of computerised business systems for operating companies within the group. He wrote accounting procedure manuals and delivered the associated training to staff.

He then managed the payroll and employee expenses system for a major computer marketing company before moving to an international oil company as treasurer. He was also a trustee of the company’s pension scheme for 20 years. 

Pre and post retirement he spent 10 years as a volunteer adviser for the Pensions Advisory Service helping individuals to resolve pension disputes.

Since fully retiring he has had time to develop his musical interests. He was treasurer and membership secretary of the Southern Early Music forum for 10 years and is currently chairman of the South Downs branch of the Society of Recorder Players.  

He is a keen walker and photographer and is a volunteer Parish Path Inspector with West Sussex County Council. He is a member of the North Sussex Search Volunteer Service with Sussex police. 

John Drury

John DruryJohn has been a Trustee with Relate North & South West Sussex for three years. He is a member of the Finance Committee and Chairs the Marketing Committee. He is also closely involved in the development of partnership working and the establishment of incremental revenue streams.

His background is in procurement, marketing and finance and he has worked for several

multi-national groups including large pharmaceutical, cosmetic and hospitality businesses.

Currently, John is Vice Chair of Governors with a local special needs school with responsibilities for staffing and recruitment. Before this John was a Trustee with a local charitable organisation that provided a range of services for adults with learning difficulties.

Outside of these commitments John likes to spend time with family, enjoys all sports and plays golf when he can. 

Bob Hodgetts

Bob HodgettsBob has been a member of Relate North & South West Sussex since 1998 when he took on the role of Treasurer until 2003. He has subsequently served on the Board as Trustee and Company Secretary. 

Bob has been running his own accountancy practice for the past 15 years and has been the CEO of a not for profit fund since 1999.

Bob has also worked in the bus industry as owner director for over 25 years. Prior to the bus industry he trained as an accountant working with various bluechip companies.

Sarah Hyde

Sarah HydeSarah has over 10 years experience in the voluntary sector latterly as CEO for Central and South Sussex CAB, she joined as a volunteer trustee because there was a logical partnership between Relate North & South West Sussex and CAB and to gain experience at board level.

Having been on the board on and off for 4 years she has helped the management team in finding a direction for the new strategic plan, helped to build the necessary requirements for PQASSO and has now begun building a fundraising strategy to meet the demands in an ever changing environment. 

Sarah is particularly focussed on customer service and empowering those without a voice to speak up, her work in social justice includes acting in the commercial sector as a consumer advocate and working strategically with local authorities to build their customer focus.

On a personal note Sarah is married has a daughter and is a keen scuba diver, enjoys reading, restaurants and talking to people about the valuable work Relate North & South West Sussex  does.

Beryl Mecrow

Beryl has been a Trustee since 2012. She is currently a Crawley Borough Councillor with nine years’ experience and held a Cabinet position for three years. In her role as councillor, she has many dealings with the voluntary sector.

Her background before retirement was in administration and she worked in that capacity for a local electronics company for 22 years. Some of her work entailed dealing with wages and salaries.

She spends time with family and friends and enjoys being a horse owner and keen gardener. 

Become a Trustee

Becoming a Trustee of Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing & Districts or Relate North & South West Sussex is a great way to use your professional expertise to help steer the strategic direction of a charity.

Trustees are volunteers and come from a range of different backgrounds who enjoy forging links in the community. Skills and experience within the following areas and disciplines can be particularly helpful; 

  • management
  • finance
  • legal
  • public relations
  • information technology
  • fundraising
  • counselling
  • psychotherapy
  • social welfare
  • young people
  • education

What does it involve?

Being a Relate Trustee is a very rewarding role as it allows you to give something back to your local community and support a charitable cause. Trustees meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review the organisation's strategies and policies.

If you would like to be considered as a future Trustee of either Relate Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing & Districts or Relate North & South West Sussex, please contact us. 

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