Meet our team

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Dawnette Fessey

CEO

I have had a long career working the voluntary sector and having been a carer myself, fully understand what it means to be part of the invisible army supporting a loved one.

Becoming a carer can happen to absolutely anyone, anywhere, anytime – it does not discriminate.  So I do what I can because I want all those caring for a loved one, to know that I am here to support them.

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Sally Willsher

Carers Services Manager

I have been at Southend Carers since joining here as a counselling student in placement from 2009-10. Since that time we have developed the Counselling – Health and Wellbeing service to incorporate  One to One Counselling, Telephone Support, End of Life Emotional Support, access to groups and Contingency Planning. We pride ourselves on offering preventative strategies for the Mental and Physical health of our services users who have access to advice, information, signposting, referrals to external agencies and support. We have been a successful resource for all unpaid carers to be able to access in Southend since 2000

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Gashaw Bekas

Carers Support Officer

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Kate Prentice

Young Carers Sessional Worker

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Sylvia Overton

Community Engagement & Outreach Officer

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Katie Cray

Administrative Officer

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Donna Kilday

Carers Support Officer

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Dean James

Energy Advisor – Carers Support

Meet our trustees

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Daryl King

Chairperson

I’ve had a long and varied work life, spending time on reengineering projects in the insurance industry, before working as a technical consultant and training manager for a software house, then on to a long career as an HR director in a global financial services organisation, latterly as EMEA head of OD and Coaching. I left financial services in 2016, after 16 years in the City, to establish my own consultancy business, specialising in organisation and leadership development, individual and team coaching. My passion is creating safe spaces for people, enabling them to consider work, organisational and personal challenges that are of concern, and to think, feel, discuss and plan strategies for managing them. I hope that the experience I have can benefit both the Southend Carers team and the carers they support.

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Angelina Clarke

Trustee 

I am an Experienced Chairman and have been a member of the Trustee board for 12 years + with a demonstrated history of working in the civic and social organisation Industry

Skilled in Crisis management, cancer treatment, Nursing management, performance improvement and social enterprise with a 28-year work history within the NHS

A strong entrepreneurship with a BSc focused in Criminology and Forensic Investigation

As an unpaid carer as well to a family member, Angelina is able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the pressures and demands of a caring role and able to support service users accordingly.

Having sat on many strategic boards within the local Council, I have a clear strategic view of the needs of carers in Southend and actively speak to promote their needs and concerns to effect change within the borough that benefits the community our carers reside in.

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Tim Watts

Trustee

My professional background is in IT project management within central government. My last position there (last year) was Head of Project Delivery on the IT Management Board within the Ministry of Justice. As expected, this involved contributing to strategy, budget and delivery management, promoting the organisation and leading/developing the staff within it.

I am a member of the Lions club of Leigh on Sea and so am regularly involved in charity fund raising plus organising, running and supporting local community events inc Disabled Sports Days and local festivals. Most recently, this involved the Leigh Regatta where I was responsible for booking, assessing and marshalling the attendance of 30+ commercial, craft and charity concessions at an event attended by over 5000 people. This involved a lot of work assessing risk, reviewing insurance and communicating to and managing a range of parties.

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Nidhi Gayner

Trustee

 

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Lauren Whitney

Trustee

 

Meet our volunteers

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Michelle Smith

Qualified Counsellor

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Martin Read

Qualified Counsellor

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Janice Stack

Qualified Counsellor

 

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Helen Barton

Qualified Counsellor

 

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Emma Nunn

Counsellor in Training

 

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Paul Durrant

Qualified Counsellor

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Jane McGuirk

Counsellor in Training

 

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Jane McGuirk

Counsellor in Training

 

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Sharon Brooks

Counsellor in Training

 

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Maya West

Counsellor in Training