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.

Riven Beebee, Case-worker

Riven joined the Charity following a career in social work. Most recently, she was with the Kent Children’s Disability Team.

Riven has been described by families as a “rock”, as she supports them to get the respite that they need.

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

Rachel Wood, Fundraising & Admin

We welcome newest member of the team Rachel to the Charity in April 2019 to revolutionise the Trust’s administration and fundraising. She joins us from Children with Cancer Fund and prior to that has worked as a Legal Executive specialising in Family Law.

East Sussex Charity, the Children's Respite Trust's support-worker Rhianne Smith

Rhianne Smith, Support-Worker

Rhianne has a background as a level 3 Teaching Assistant at a local special needs school as well as helping out at the Centre in the holidays.

Rhianne is a very dedicated and passionate individual and is fantastic at bringing children and young people out of their shells.  

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 autisum specialist school. 

Sarah is a very calming individual and makes everyone around her feel at ease. She is pascionate 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.