Meet our team
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Counselling Service Manager
I started out as a home start volunteer and various courses caught my eye – one of which was counselling – after 5 years of training I became a qualified counsellor. Part of the course was to to gain practical experience with ‘counselling hours’ and my placement was at Southend Carers. The Carers Counselling Service has now been a part of Southend Carers for 9 years incorporating one to one therapy sessions, groups for carers and placements for local students.
Adult Carers Support Coordinator
I was previously employed by Citizens Advice Rochford & Rayleigh and have had hands on experience caring for relatives alongside paid employment and a busy family life. I enjoy using my knowledge of carers rights and local services to help adult carers find practical solutions to the issues which arise when caring for a loved one. I travel throughout the Southend Borough attending community events, giving talks to groups and distributing leaflets and information to raise awareness of the importance of identifying carers and directing them to the support available.
Young Carers Support Coordinator
I have experience supporting children with additional needs in education and working with young people on multiple youth projects, including young carer projects. I am excited to be working with young carers and endeavour to help improve effective support for as many young carers as possible in the Southend Borough, by developing appropriate fun respite opportunities and helping expand young carer support within local schools.
Carers Support Coordinator
I was a carer from a young age, and now I enjoy helping other carers to get the support they need. I have worked in primary schools and at Ofsted, and continue to work with children with SEND at weekends.
I have worked in the charitable, private and public sectors, as well as running my own business in the past and am proud to be back working in the charitable sector again. It is important to me to be able to use my experience in accounts and administration as a way to contribute to society.
Social Media & Communications Coordinator
I have worked in the public sector for many years as a IT Systems Trainer and Web editor, and I am now enjoying my time with Southend Carers creating their e-newsletters / communications and updating their Website and social media.
Young Carers Sessional Worker
I am Kate, the young carers seasonal worker, I joined the team after working for a few years as a volunteer with Sycamore young carers. I find it a very rewarding job and I love being able to make a difference to the lives of the young carers.
Meet our trustees
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.
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.
I have over 30 years experience in the field of public sector procurement and contract management, working across the public, private and third sector organisations. I am passionate about public sector services and the benefits that it can have, to improved life outcomes.
Serving as a trustee with Southend Carers, I will contribute my knowledge; experience and commitment with regard to improving the governance and ensuring the strategic outcomes are delivered in a manner that makes life easier and fairer to carers in the Southend Borough.
I was born, bred and educated in Southend and have been married for 10 years. Having a degree in social work I have had a varied working life, working as a probation service officer for 17 years as well as working in the city, Bedfordshire, Essex and for the Affinity Trust supporting people with learning disabilities.
I have a keen interest in people and especially people who have to care for others. I am a member of Southend Lions Club and my main hobby is caravanning.
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.
I recently moved to Southend from Surrey and wanted to volunteer with a charity locally. Impressed with Southend Carers’ work and seeing that there was a trustee vacancy, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get involved.
I have experience working in the charity sector; working in both regional and international charities. I am currently working as a Digital Fundraiser for an international development charity, but have also worked as a community fundraiser for a children’s health charity.
As a carer myself I understand the crucial importance of support and I am thrilled to become a trustee of Southend Carers and to support its work.
My working life was in education – in schools, colleges, the Open University and as an Ofsted Inspector. Early on I taught Science and Teacher Education and later had a range of management roles – Head of Faculty, H.R., Human Resource Development and Quality Improvement – the latter three at strategic level. I am also a qualified Coach and Mentor. I have significant experience of governance in the college sector first as a staff governor where I served on the Finance and Estates and Quality committees and then as a senior manager presenting papers, delivering training and engaging with governors in strategic planning activities.
My skill areas include quality evaluation and improvement, event planning and management, staff training and development, coaching and mentorship. In retirement my passions are textiles and textile design, working on my allotment, travel, trying to live more sustainably and practising mindfulness.
Having joined Devonports in July 2014, I was made a director in March 2018. I now have amassed over 12 years of experience in practice having started my career when I left college in 2006. I gained my ACCA qualification in 2012 and obtained my practising certificate in 2014. I am committed to the profession and enjoy all aspects, from the basics to the very technical, as well as helping clients on a day to day basis with their business needs.
I am a family man and, having got married in 2013, I now have two young children who keep me busy most weekends with football and dancing. When I am not at work or spending time with the family, I enjoy socialising with friends and when the opportunity arises, I like to play football and many other sports, although with a young family these are now the priority.
Meet our volunteer counsellors
Senior Qualified Counsellor
Counsellor in training
Counsellor in training
Counsellor in training
Counsellor in training