After a lifetime of running my businesses, my husband and I (now retired) have lived in Eastbourne approx. 18 years and enjoy the close proximity of the Downs and the sea. I was invited to become a Trustee very soon after moving here and also served as a Governor at the Eastbourne Academy for over 10 years. I was Chairman of the Friends of the Hampden Park for some 13+ years and am still involved in community affairs running the Ratton Area Neighbourhood Panel, bringing residents issues before the appropriate authorities.
I was a consultant in Eastbourne for 27 years prior to my retirement in 2015. I became a Trustee of the Friends the year before but on retirement I was appointed Chair of the Friends, a role I have continued to fulfil since then.
I have been involved with the DGH since it was built, as a patient, a father, a husband, a brother and a son. All members of my family have received great care and attention from the hospital. As gratitude I was eager to help when my employer agreed, in the 1980s, I could help with setting up the Friends summer fairs which I did for many years. I was then asked if I would become a Trustee some 20 years ago and jumped at the chance to give back. I have had a special interest in the annual fund raising Art Exhibition for the last 17 years. Living in Eastbourne and district all my life, working here for 42 years and as a Borough Councillor I have come to know the importance of the hospital and its services to the community.
After 50 years in practice as an accountant, about 35 of them in Eastbourne, I retired and picked up the reins of the treasurership of the Friends. This now enjoyably interferes with my badminton, woodworking, playing classical guitar, family history research - and natural inertia!
After a 30 year career in a major bank I moved into the voluntary sector, organising training for voluntary groups at Eastbourne Association of Voluntary Services. This came to an end when the organisation merged with a similar one in Lewes and I started volunteering for the Friends. One thing led to another and I am now the office manager and love the involvement with such a great team.
Fundraising & PR
I joined the Friends’ Office in 2021, having previously been involved in communications and fundraising for charities including NCT and Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis. Despite several years working abroad, I am originally from Eastbourne and am delighted now to be back, working within such a great team to support the DGH.
Before getting married and moving to Eastbourne I trained to be a nurse at a London Hospital and then joined the FoEH, after my three children went to school, as a member of the Open Gardens Team.
I am a retired nurse, and have wide experience of the NHS and private sector, both as an employee and patient. I live in Eastbourne and joined the Friends of the Eastbourne Hospital in 2008, going on to become a Trustee. I am mainly involved in fundraising, and enjoy being part of a thriving group of volunteers.
I have been a Trustee for 8 years and am currently working as the Deputy Clinical Lead in the post Anaesthetic Care Unit of the DGH. I have recent experience as a Theatre Matron. I have served 24 years with the Army Reserves and am currently serving at the rank of Major with 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment based in York.
Following a career in teaching and Arts Education Management, I now divide my time working for the Towner Gallery offering Art Store tours and supporting the Open Ended Dementia programme and as a part-time Marriage Registrar for East Sussex. In the summer, I also work as a House Guide at Farley Farm in Chiddingly.
I am married with five children and have lived in Eastbourne for over 30 years. Before I retired I worked in the finance sector in London.
I have been a Trustee of FOEH for over 30 years, being mainly involved in fundraising over the years by way of organising Junior Tennis Tournaments, American Doubles Tournament, running the Bathroom stall, and the Christmas Coffee Morning as well as helping at other events.
I have lived in this area for the whole of my life, having been brought up in Seaford and moving to Eastbourne in 1983 when I joined a local law firm. I am a retired Solicitor and for many years served as Honorary Solicitor for the Friends. I stood down from that role upon my retirement but accepted an offer to become a Trustee.