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As Director of Hastings Voluntary Action, Marie prioritised service user involvement and established the first advocacy projects in Hastings and Rother - XPRESS, My Choice and Mental Health Advocacy. seAp grew out of these projects. Marie has extensive experience of supporting community activities, project and organisational development, managing people and resources and promoting consumer rights. In addition Marie has chaired a wide range of voluntary organisations, multi-agency groups and public bodies including an NHS trust. She has lived and worked in Hastings for 21 years.
Marie was chair of the seAp Board of Trustees from its inception in 2000 until 2009 and continued to be a trustee until she took on her new role of CEO. Marie has also been CEO of Care for the Carers and has established links with service users, third sector colleagues and statutory bodies at local, regional and national levels.
Graeme Clark has over 15 years’ experience in the field of Human Resources. He joined seAp in 2010 and is currently responsible for Human Resources and internal Learning and Development. This includes policies and procedures, strategic and operational issues and covers ‘the employee lifecycle’.
His experience in areas such as Organisational Development, Information Systems, Employee Relations, Reward and TUPE support seAp as it continues to navigate challenges in the sector from both external and internal influences. Starting with seAp as a HR Advisor, Graeme has since moved into his current role as HR Manager. His previous work in the public sector (Civil Service and Education sector) and wider background in dealing with ‘people’ means he is acutely aware of the value of having an empowered and supported workforce in place to deliver the organisation’s aims and 20:20 Vision.
Liz Fenton is responsible for taking forward key strategic developments in service delivery and business development. Her brief includes Quality, Safeguarding, Client Involvement, Volunteering, Evaluation, Marketing and Fundraising. She has worked in the charity sector for 30 years, most notably as CEO of Voluntary Action Westminster, CEO of Care for the Carers, Expert Advisor on Carers to the Department of Health and most recently as CEO of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, where she led the project which resulted in the merger with Crossroads Care to create Carers Trust. Liz has a B.A. (Hons) in Business Studies and is a qualified Executive Coach.
We bid a very fond farewell to a great figure in seAp: Val Ford. Val has been with the organisation for over 12 years and in that time has taken on a variety of advocacy roles, training, assessing and Quality Assurance, and latterly combined all these skills as Director of Training. Val has made a massive contribution to seAp, both operational and strategic, and her insightful, knowledgeable approach will be hugely missed. Val is embarking on a new adventure on a project to monitor and aid the bee population, which we’re sure she will handle with the same passion and determination she is known for by her seAp colleagues. Thank you for your valuable contribution to seAp and we wish you all the very best in your new role Val!
Simon is responsible for overall management of finance, human resources, ICT, and health and safety. This includes policy and procedures, strategic and operational issues and internal and external reporting. He works closely with the Management Team, particularly in relation to budgets and financial control issues and takes care of seAp’s insurances, coordinates facilities management and oversees seAp’s approach to environmental issues.
Simon has over 20 years experience and has previously worked as Head of Finance for Creating Futures Ltd, Sussex Oakleaf Housing Association and Knowsley Care Society. Voluntary roles have included serving on the Board of Prospect Housing Association, Collingwood Housing Association and as Honorary Treasurer of Mid-Sussex CVS.
Chris joined seAp at the start of the ICAS contract in 2006 after working for the Citizens Advice Bureau as a Mental Health Project worker helping people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, including representing their interests at Tribunals.
After achieving both a Law Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Chris’s career focussed on working in the voluntary sector. Now an Area Manager for our South West region, she has considerable experience of providing, developing and managing advocacy services with seAp as well as delivering advocacy training for the Qualificatio in Independent Advocacy.
Iain joined seAp in 2012 as part of their Business Development Team, and was originally involved at the inception of the organisation as a voluntary representative on the Board of Trustees.
Iain has extensive experience of working at a management level in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. He worked in local authority children’s services as a provider of registered, domiciliary and respite care and is a qualified social worker.
Iain has significant experience in the learning disabilities field, and as a service provider with Mencap, where he was Regional Manager in the South East and South London with key responsibility for delivery of housing and support, service development and close working with local authority commissioning teams.
John has been our ICT Manager since 2015. He has led seAp's transformation to web-based IT systems and improved our ability to manage and report on our data. Before moving down to the south coast and working for seAp, John worked for the Samaritans for 6 years as their IT Systems Manager and the technical lead for the Connect project. Before that, he spent 6 years working as a Technical Services Manager for a music company. John began his career in IT with British Telecom where he trained as a logistic engineer qualifying as a BT Materials Planner with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies. With an interest in computing and databases, he moved to BT Web Services and then BT Ignite.