Meet the staff team at the Children’s Respite Trust:

Gavin Fisher, Chief Executive

Following many years in the charity sector, Gavin brings a wealth of experience in leading charitable projects. He has worked with a variety of causes including having been a CEO of a children’s charity before.

As the Trust’s founder, Gavin has been with the Charity since 2010.

Centre Manager of the Children's Respite Trust Charity Michelle Hulse

Michelle Hulse, Centre Manager

Michelle joined us in 2018 to run the day-care sessions at our Respite Centre. Michelle has worked in care for 10 years, largely with children with additional needs.

Michelle is passionate about ensuring that the children enjoy all the stimulation and fun they can handle.

Verity Morris is Deputy Centre Manager at the Children's Respite Trust Charity in East Sussex

Verity Morris, Deputy Centre Manager

Verity joined the Charity in 2020 following a career in mainstream childcare and now works alongside our Centre Manager Michelle, caring for our children and their families. Verity leads the Charity’s under-fives provision as well as deputising for the Centre Manager when needed.

Bianca West is a support worker at the Children's Repsite Trust

Bianca West, Community Support Worker

Bianca has worked in the care world for many years, including working at a local residential children’s home for children with disabilities. Having joined us in 2020, Bianca largely supports families in the Community.

Lucy Lewin is the Children's Respite Trust's Commmunity Support Worker

Lucy Lewin, Support Worker

Lucy joined the Children’s Respite Trust in 2020 following a long career in caring for children with additional needs. Lucy worked most recently at a local residential children’s home. Lucy’s role is largely community based, but loves working in the Centre when ever she gets the chance.

Rachel Wood is the East Sussex Fundraising & Admin Assistant for teh Children's Respite Trust Charity

Rachel Wood, Fundraiser

Rachel joined the Charity in April 2019 to revolutionise the Trust’s fundraising. Rachel joins us from another local Charity, Children with Cancer Fund and prior to that worked as a Legal Executive specialising in Family Law.

East Sussex Charity, the Children's Respite Trust's Family Liaison Worker

Keely Mouland, Family Liaison Worker

Keely has been with the Trust since 2017, initially joining as a fundraiser, having previousy worked in the events industry. Having developed a passion for working with the families, Keely has gone on to study as a trainee councillor and is now  the Trust’s Family Liaison, ensuring that we do all we can to support the families.

Abi Tappenden, Administrator at the Children's Respite Trust

Abi Tappenden, Administrator

Abi joins us having worked in the care sector for the past two years. Her organised and enthusiastic nature makes her the ideal person for keeping the Trust’s administration in order.


East Sussex Charity, the Children's Respite Trust's support-worker Suzanne Pollard

Suzanne Pollard, Support-Worker

Susie joined the team in 2018. She has a background of a SEN specialist teacher for many years. 

Susie currently leads our teenage group as well as working in the holiday session. Susie is very creative about sensory/messy play and loves to find new ideas for the children to enjoy around the Centre. 

East Sussex Charity, the Children's Respite Trust's Volunteer Support-Worker Anne-Marie Prescott

Anne-Marie Prescott, Volunteer Support-Worker

Anne-Marie has a background in teaching. She was a former home economics teacher. 

Anne-Marie is very creative and is always coming up with new projects for the children and young people to get stuck into. 

East Sussex Charity, the Children's Respite Trust's Volunteer Support-Worker Sarah-Jane Scott

Sarah-Jane Scott, Volunteer Support-Worker

Sarah-Jane is currently a SEN teacher at a local autism specialist school. 

Sarah is a very calming individual and makes everyone around her feel at ease. She is passionate about inclusion and that kids should be kids and to live life to the fullest. 

Toffee, Head of Morale

Toffee has been with the Charity since she was a puppy and takes her role as chief morale booster very seriously.

She brings madness and joy to our team and is often found chasing you around the Centre for a taste of your lunch. She is a hit with all of the children and it would not be the same without her.