I joined RVA in March 2022 following a 35-year career with Barclays. My responsibilities lie with the Finance and Operations of the Charity.
I am married with two grown up children and will frequently be seen walking along Bexhill seafront with our Golden Retriever.
I have been a School Governor at St Peter and St Paul C of E Primary School and currently a Trustee with Homecall which is a Bexhill charity which provides a Home Visiting service for the Visually Impaired.
Jen Atherall (on maternity leave)Project Lead, Volunteer Hub (maternity cover: Naomi Robinson)
I have worked in the voluntary sector for most of my life, in roles ranging from admin, fundraising, marketing, project management, Head of Service and Director. I love the creativity and dynamic nature of the sector which is driven by a real desire to help others. In my own time, I enjoy writing, board-games, walking and DIY! I am married and have a baby daughter.
As Project Lead for the Volunteer Hub, you can contact me about trustee recruitment or volunteer training at email@example.com, or anything else about volunteering to either myself or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alice DaveyMaking it Happen Project Lead / Community Hub
I joined RVA in December 2021 to become part of the ‘Make It Happen’ (MIH) project. Over the past 15 years I have worked in various roles ranging from Housing & Homelessness, Children’s Services, Crisis Support, Mental Health Recovery, Health & Wellbeing, Community Support & working within the Voluntary sector.
I have always loved working with the community and find it extremely inspiring to be able to see individual’s, communities and services grow. I have worked in front line support, front line management and service management. I have always seen the value in client / community led services and therefore have a great passion for the ABCD ‘Asset Based Community Development’ approach.
I have been a resident in Rother my whole life alongside many generations in my family. It’s a beautiful place to live. I have three young boys that keep me very busy in my spare time. We enjoy taking the dog for walks and heading to the seafront to watch the sunrise and sunset.
I love watching nature and especially love to see buzzards flying over the Highwoods in Bexhill.
Jackie Saull-HuntCommunity Development Worker and IKH Project Lead
I am one of RVA’s Community Development Officers, involved in the ‘Make it Happen’ project based in and around Eastern Rother which aims to simply help turn ideas into reality as far as community groups or individuals are concerned.
I also lead on the I Know How project which is an Interreg project concentrating on assisting people with a cancer diagnosis to return to work.
My main interests include running around the local footpaths especially with various kids in tow and swimming in the local rivers as well as a lifelong interest in plants.
Joyce RookMaking it Happen Community Development Worker
I have been a Community Development Worker for many years and joined RVA in January 2022 as part of the Making it Happen Team.
I really enjoy the role, it’s great to be involved in helping local people to deliver what’s needed in they would like to see in their own neighbourhoods.
I have lived in Rother and brought up my family for over 40 years. I’m now enjoying being a Grandparent and doing childcare two days a week.
In my spare time I really enjoy going to live/theatre music events and the local countryside.
Naomi RobinsonVolunteer Hub Project Lead (maternity cover)
I am RVA’s part-time Project Lead for HAIRE and Age Friendly Rother.
Between now and March 2023, I will complete the delivery of HAIRE (Healthy Ageing through Innovation in Rural Europe) project in partnership with East Sussex County Council.
My ongoing role is to work with Rother District Council, East Sussex County Council, community groups, organisations and residents to coordinate and deliver a community asset-based approach to embed age-friendly principles across Rother.
My background spans consumer insight, marketing, and public arts events production across Hastings, Rother and the Southeast.
I’m really enjoying my role at RVA. It’s rewarding to work with local people and organisations to help Rother fulfil its goal as an Age Friendly Community – a community that supports residents to live happy and healthy lives as we age.
Annette HolmesVolunteer Coordinator
I moved to East Sussex in 2018 following a year out to of working to go travelling around Asia, Australia and New Zealand with my husband, having lived in Kent for most of my life. I have worked in education for over 20 years, first as a teaching assistant and then as a primary school teacher.
I started working at RVA in October 2020 on the HAIRE Project (Healthy Ageing through Innovation in Rural Europe). On completion of this project, I took on the role of volunteer co-ordinator working with volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organisations in building a thriving volunteering culture in Rother.
I believe volunteering should be open to everyone, with all kinds of volunteering roles available, and has many benefits, mental, physical and spiritual, for those who do it.
Along with walking our lovely dog around the beautiful Rother countryside and beaches, I enjoy gardening, cooking and eating!
Susan GedgeUkraine Support Officer
Mandi LyonsFinance & Customer Service Assistant
I joined RVA as a Finance and Admin Assistant in November 2020 and more recently I have taken on the role of Customer Service Operative. I am new to the voluntary sector, but I am really enjoying learning new skills and being part of the wonderful team at RVA.
In my spare time, I enjoy days out with my family, reading and I am a regular blood donor. I am married, live in Bexhill and have an 20 month old Little Boy, who keeps me young and on my toes!