Support . Empower . Advocate . Promote

Board of Trustees

Jane Dodson


Jane has worked in community and organisational development for twenty five years both internationally and locally, and has a particular interest in empowerment and social justice. She holds a BA(Hons) International Development, and an MSc in Policy Analysis and Evaluation, and has worked in the private, community and public sectors.

Jane currently works with Locality where she delivers a range of consultancy support to community groups and social enterprises, including strategic planning, cost benefit analysis, social impact assessment and investment readiness.  Jane joined our Board of Trustees in March 2017 and is pleased to have this opportunity to champion and uphold the values of seAp.

Avril Chester


Avril joined the Board of Trustees in September 2015 and brings 15 years of IT experience to seAp. She has worked in IT functions across a number of industries including Charity, Financial Services, Travel and the Public Sector, in both Global and Regional roles. Avril is currently an Interim Senior IT Director working for her own consultancy company. Having personal experience of the need to support the most vulnerable in society by giving them a voice she is delighted to be a part of seAp.

Mandy Heslop


Mandy Heslop is currently working on training research and evaluation assignments in developing and transition countries and has over 20 years experience developing projects where she has specialised in participatory methodologies. Mandy has also worked as Research and Training Manager for a major international development charity. Mandy joined the seAp Board in 2003 and her interests include project development, monitoring and evaluation and the application of participatory and rights-based approaches to programme planning and implementation.

Verna Connolly

Honorary Treasurer

Verna has over 36 years’ experience of personnel and personnel management work in the private and public sectors. A fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development and the Institute of Paralegals, Verna has worked as a business manager in the London Ambulance Service and also as a senior manager in the Social Services Department of the London Borough of Haringey which has given her considerable experience of working with vulnerable people.

Verna is currently the Executive Manager for Personnel and Organisational Development at Hastings Borough Council, and has been the professional head of personnel service there for over 14 years.   Verna also provides personnel support to the Sussex Community Rail Partnership, a small not-for-profit organisation whose staff are spread across the whole of Sussex.

Andrew Voyce


My 65 years have been severely impacted by an enduring psychotic illness. I have managed to squeeze in an Open University degree and an MA from Brighton, however these have not been life changing events, rather they got my brain back into gear in my 50’s after years of inactivity. I’ve been well enough to put in a few years’ work, and this enabled me to run a social enterprise for creativity until subsidies ran out. My creative side has led me to document my life as an expert by experience of the mental health system, and I have an online cartoon presence with over 25,000 views. I was proud to be around when seAp was got off the ground in the early days of community care, and I was glad I helped ! This because in 2014 I had an issue where I was in line to be steamrollered by the system, yet with the backing of seAp and the essential advocacy support, I had my complaint upheld and there was a satisfactory outcome for me. I am humbled to give my support for this lifeline - as a  Trustee - to those who are not only socially excluded,  but who also have in many cases multiple disadvantages.

Adam Chambers


Adam joined our  Board of Trustees in the summer of 2016. Adam has been a barrister practicing in civil law for 25 years.  From that he has learned the importance of providing a mouthpiece for people who may not otherwise be heard in difficult situations.  He believes that the provision of advocacy services is of vital importance in a society where rights have to be asserted. He has volunteered in order to do his bit to see that this important service continues