Management Team

Management Team

Meet the people who manage the charity...

Operations Team

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David Smith

General Manager

David joined the charity in May 2018, bringing with him extensive experience in the Third Sector. With a background in organisational management and fundraising, David manages the day-to-day operations of the charity. His areas of responsibility include Finance, Fundraising and Respite Operations. David manages the charity's key functions.

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Pam Mitchell

Respite Coordinator

Pam joined the charity in July 2018, bringing with her extensive experience in management and governance in the Third Sector after working for a number of local and national charities. Pam is currently responsible for managing the charity’s sailing programme and is based at our Brighton office.

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Oliver Thurlow

Research

Oliver Thurlow is a Phd research student based at the University of Brighton. Oliver's role is to help the charity better understand the impact of its various respite programmes from a physiological and psychological perspective.

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Position Vacant

Family Liaison

We are currently looking for a highly organised professional to join our family liaison team. The role will be 100% focused on booking day trips and short breaks for families affected by cancer. Although Third Sector experience would be an advantage, we are looking for someone with compassion and who exhibits strong attention to detail. A background in travel / holiday reservations would be also an advantage. The role will be be based out of our Southwick office (near Brighton).

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Position Vacant

Fundraising Manager (Sail / Ski)

We are looking for an experienced sales executive or fundraising professional to manage our fundraising activities in the sail and ski sectors.  A passion for either or both of these sports would be a distinct advantage as would a strong network of contacts in the corporate sector. The successful applicant will have a proven track record in hitting sales targets and will be willing to travel nationwide using their own transport. The role would be largely based out of our Southwick office (near Brighton).

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Position Vacant

Fundraising Manager (Run / Bike)

We are looking for an experienced sales executive or fundraising professional to manage our fundraising activities in the sail and ski sectors.  A passion for either or both of these sports would be a distinct advantage as would a strong network of contacts in the corporate sector. The successful applicant will have a proven track record in hitting sales targets and will be willing to travel nationwide using their own transport. The role would be largely based out of our Southwick office (near Brighton).

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Position Vacant

Finance / Office Administrator

We are looking for an experience book keeper or financial controller to work part time as the charity's financial and office administrator. The successful applicant will work closely with Chris Stone (Trustee and Chartered Accountant) and will help to oversee the financial management of the charity's various income streams. The role will be based at our Southwick office (near Brighton).

Trustee Team

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Graham Precey

Chairman

Graham is a community engineer and social entrepreneur. With an award winning track record, Graham has invested over £25M in joint ventures which are engineered for social impact. Until recently, Graham headed up Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility at FTSE 50 company (Legal & General Group). He is the Co-Founder of the Newhaven Regeneration Group and a Board member of the Foundation for Social Improvement, Social Investment Fund SE-Assist and Sussex Coastal Community Team. Graham is a keen sailor, cyclist and canoeist.

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Pete Tyler

Commercial

Pete has been a senior member of the UK travel industry for over 30 years. Pete has held a variety of senior roles at Thomas Cook and is the former Managing Director of Neilson Active Holidays (one of the charity's longest standing respite partners). Pete helps the charity to source the best commercial deals available with a wide range of travel providers. Pete is a very keen sailor and splits his time between the UK and Ireland where he has a second home.

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Dr Rachel Melsom

Medical

Dr Rachel Melsom is a practicing Doctor and a Director of Tobacco Free Portfolios for the UK/Europe. Rachel's aim is to improve healthcare practitioners' understanding of the financial implications of the delivery of excellent clinical care; the need to integrate this understanding into cost effective care delivery models, including managing both the care and the precipitating factors of disease. Tobacco Free Portfolios focuses on the medical and societal cost of continued investment in the Tobacco Industry, addressing the effect of the product and the wider cost of smoking to society, encouraging Tobacco Free Investment.

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Chris Stone

Finance

A CIMA qualified accountant, Chris has held a variety of senior financial positions with a range of travel companies including Island Cruises and Virgin Holidays. Chris is currently Managing Director at TDS (Tematics Data Services), a large fleet management company based in West Sussex.  Chris lives with his wife and son in Shoreham and is a keen skier and tennis player.

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Andrew Wilkinson

Legal

Andrew is a commercial lawyer by professional who helps the charity in various areas from partnerships to fundraising agreements. Previously with Linklaters and Weil, Gotshal & Manges (based in London), Andrew is a keen sailor and is originally from Melbourne in Australia.

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Andy Hayward

Marketing

After losing his dad to cancer, Andy decided to channel his grief into something positive. He has been raising funds to help other families affected by cancer ever since. A trained marketer by profession, Andy helps the charity with marketing and fundraising. A former competitive swimmer, Andy is also a keen cyclist and dinghy sailor (although not a very good one!)

With thanks to past Trustees:

  • Tim Couldrick
  • David Gill
  • Hannah Davies
  • Matt Collins
  • Richard Groome
  • Tom Semple
  • Glenda Shiner
  • Hamish Oliphant
  • Kim van Niekerk
  • Sean Donovan