Adrian worked for over 25 years in the British Council before becoming West Sussex Volunteer Hub Co-ordinator in 2010, supporting volunteer centres in their work across the county. He joined Sussex Community Foundation in April 2013. A former secondary school governor, Adrian is now a trustee of a Mid-Sussex music charity. He lives in Crawley and his interests include cycling, music, the family allotment, reading and Sussex County Cricket.
Head of Philanthropy
Stephen grew up in Brighton and attended sixth form in Lewes before going to read Music at university. He then spent over 15 years working in the arts, including at the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and in classical music artist management. Most recently he helped develop opportunities and raise support for talented young jazz musicians as Partnerships & Development Manager at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra along with managing a string quartet. Now moved back to Brighton with a young family, he enjoys long-distance open-water swimming and generally getting muddy outdoors.
Head of Marketing & Engagement
Sally began her career in the fast track graduate programme at Saatchi & Saatchi advertising. Since then she has worked at various blue chip marketing agencies including Tequila, Triangle and AMV(Clarke Hooper). With an excellent track record in relationship development and creativity she then started her own marketing agency where clients as diverse as British Airways and Orange followed her. In 2007 she moved into the voluntary sector to bring her experience into effective communications for charities, including WorldSkills UK, NCT, Global Action Plan and was trustee at The Woodland Trust. Sally joined the Foundation in the summer of 2021 and loves playing tennis and walking her two dogs on the seafront.
Head of Grant Programmes
Hannah has worked in the charity sector since 2002 and has a background in grant-making and programme management. In London, Hannah worked for the London School of Economics before moving to a large environmental regeneration charity, where she spent 14 years. She also spent time freelance consulting before moving from London. Hannah joined Sussex Community Foundation in 2017 following a move to Lewes where she lives with her husband and two sons. She is responsible for overseeing all the grant making at the Foundation and is inspired by the diverse range of voluntary sector organisations working across Sussex to make people’s lives better through difficult times. She loves getting out and about in Sussex and exploring the coast with her family and friends!
Events & Communications Coordinator
Zoë graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2019 after completing a degree in International Development with Economics with Overseas Experience. This included spending three months abroad volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas in rural Nepal, working on an inclusive education project that focused on period poverty. She grew up in the village of East Hoathly and has lived in Sussex all her life. Zoë joined Sussex Community Foundation in January 2020.
Hailing from Wales via London, Pete has worked in the voluntary sector since 1999 in a range of roles, such as leading a community arts funding programme, running a busy national online volunteering team, heading up the fundraising team for an award winning national children’s charity and brokering corporate volunteers from FTSE 100 companies to provide critical skills volunteering to the voluntary sector. Most recently, he led on the strategic partnerships programme at Berkeley Foundation before joining Sussex Community Foundation in July 2019. Pete lives in Brighton and spends most of his spare time, taming his jungle garden.
Trained as a silversmith, Rex was resident in Mid Wales for eight years, making rings from Welsh Gold and discovering the joys of picture framing. On moving to Brighton in 1991, he worked variously as a Mac Artworker for Stanford Douglas Design, Systems Analyst for Brighton Council and Office/Finance Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust South before coming to Sussex Community Foundation in 2010. His luxury items on a desert island would be 100% cotton paper and Caran D’ache pencils.
Laura has a background in the arts and culture sector, and has previously worked in venue and events management in a range of performance spaces in the UK and beyond. She grew up in Europe and the US and has heritage and family in Finland. She came to Brighton in 2010 to do an MA in Social and Political Thought and is passionate about the local community and the different groups supported by Sussex Community Foundation. She now calls Brighton her home and in her free time volunteers at a day centre for young homeless people in the city. She set up a community arts project working with the young people and local artists, to give them the resources they need to create and imagine a better world.
Kevin Richmond grew up in Somerset but fell in love with Sussex and Brighton, in particular, when he came to Sussex University at the age of 18. Since then, he has worked in a wide range of local and national charities. He holds an MA in Social Work from Nottingham University and a Diploma in Management from City University. He was Director of the Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove from 1999 to 2006, when he became the first Chief Executive of Sussex Community Foundation. Kevin lives in Brighton with his family and enjoys watching Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Sussex Cricket and walking on the Downs.
Jackie joined Sussex Community Foundation in 2019. She is new to the charity sector, having previously looked after executives in insurance broking, local council and emergency services. Before that, she ran an accountancy practice in Tunbridge Wells with her late husband for 25 years. She has also been involved with fundraising for her daughter’s special needs school, as well as supporting the PTA of her son’s primary school. She is now enjoying being part of a team that provides funding and support for so many grassroots organisations. She lives in Crowborough, having moved across the border from Kent three years ago and enjoys the theatre, reading and the countryside.