People, families and professionals trust us with the most important services. From housing to supported living, work and travel to making friends. We have the experience and dedication to be the best.

Senior Staff

Eva Eriksson – CEO

Chris Bland – Deputy CEO

Naomi Cox – Housing & Supported Living Director

Julie Rossiter – Corporate Director

Chris Hill – Housing Manager

Cleo Dibb – Our Voices Manager

David Matthews – Shared Lives Regional Manager

Active Lives Regional Manager

James Rich – Choices General Manager (West Sussex)

Paul Barker – Choices General Manager (Brighton & Hove)

Fiona Pritchard – HR Manager

Jeni Woods – Quality Manager

Theresa Bailey – Head of Marketing and Fundraising

Tom Gillson – IT Manager

Jo Rees – Finance Manager

Our Ambassadors

Adam Green

Choices Brighton and Hove

I love being part of the team and being part of Grace Eyre because I have autism and like being with other people with Learning Disabilities.

Ben Doehren

Staff Team, Grace Eyre Friendship

I love being an Ambassador because I love to help people.

Chris Rider

External

I can help more people and care for their needs and make sure they are happy with their care provider.

Fran Reynolds

Staff Team, Grace Eyre Friendship

I like meeting people. I also like meeting staff.

Gayle Driver

Shared Lives, Active Lives

Jamie Larcombe

Active Lives, Grace Eyre Friendship

I like to help people achieve their goals and I like going places.

Johnny Schachter

Active Lives

I want to be an ambassador because I am interested in doing presentations for the Grace Eyre.

Karen Medcraft

Trustee, Choices Southern

I like meeting up with friends with different disabilities. I like helping people with learning disabilities and I enjoy going to meetings.

Kirsty Pentecost

Trustee, Choices Brighton and Hove and Grace Eyre Housing

I like being an ambassador because we can make sure that Grace Eyre is user-led.

Shane Pentecost

Staff Team and Grace Eyre Housing

Stuart McCallion

Shared Lives, Active Lives

Tessa Clark

Staff Team, Choices Southern and Grace Eyre Housing

I love being an Ambassador because I have Asperger’s and like helping people with similar conditions. I can help Grace Eyre to support people with disabilities, encourage them to speak out and hear their voices.

Toby Watkins

Staff 

You can help other people who need help. You get to meet other people with similar disabilities and share information on your own disability.

Carinder Mahli

External

I love to give our opinions. People need to know what ambassadors are and we need to tell people in the world who we are and what we do! An ambassador is like an advocate!

Stuart Leaney

Grace Eyre Friendship, Employment Support

I like to know about Grace Eyre services available. I enjoy the sessions and appreciate how you all support me. I’ve been running events and it’s really good.

Our Board of Trustees

Liv Corbishley (Chair)

I am passionate about services and support that enable people to live healthy and fulfilling lives and have harnessed this across both my commercial and NED roles to date including Chair of Kingston Women’s Centre and Lay Member, Public and Patient Involvement for NHS Thurrock CCG. I have over 20 years international commercial experience as a business and marketing consultant across investment, telecoms, and sport industries.

Peter Begley (Treasurer)

I am a Chartered Accountant and Risk Manager in the Insurance industry, having also spent 15 years as an Internal Auditor. I am interested in ensuring that organisations’ have the right mechanisms in place to achieve their goals and improve the lives of others. The work that Grace Eyre does is personally uplifting to me, as my family relies on similar services for support with my brother.

Jade Vallance

I have over 20 years experience in Care and Support including Day Services, Residential Care, Supported Living and more complex support under Transforming Care. I am currently Director of Care for Active Prospects – a large charity for people with Learning Disabilities, Mental health and Acquired brain injury.

Jo Holt

I started my career in the public sector 26 years ago as a homeless person’s assistant, working in social housing strategy & development for many years. I now specialise in delivering improvement and transformation programmes for local government. I’m a qualified Project, Programme, Portfolio & Change Manager, and am currently working for a London Borough to shape their Digital Programme.

Karen Medcraft

As a trustee with a mild learning disability, I want to share my knowledge, experiences and skills to ensure others with learning  disabilities and or autism receive the best quality services Grace Eyre supports them with.

Kirsty Pentecost

I have been on the Oska Bright Film Festival steering committee for three years. I also work with Oska Bright partners, to deliver workshops for people with learning disabilities. in schools, colleges, universities and day centres. As a person with a learning disability I understand first-hand the commitment to equality and diversity.

Peter Boorman

I have extensive experience working within the NHS in emergency planning, resilience and response – both in Sussex and more recently in London for NHS England. I work collaboratively across several agencies, and have experience in risk assessment, business continuity and emergency planning and response.

Samantha Boast

I am a qualified Solicitor with over 20 years’ experience both in law firms and working in-house, my experience encompasses litigation, corporate, business and commercial law. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Grace Eyre, as I have personal experience of how limited support services can be in the community through my family circumstances.

Simon Owen

In my role as an urban planner at HTA Design, I work with housing associations, councils and other developers to help deliver new homes, focusing particularly on affordable homes and high-density developments.

Anna Cooley-Greene

I have been fortunate to work in the supported accommodation and social care sectors for the past 27 years. I specialise in co-producing, developing, and leading services to provide opportunities for people with vulnerabilities to thrive. I am currently Head of Operations for a youth charity.

Camilla Gauge

 

I’m an experienced MSP programme manager and civil servant with an extensive track record of delivering national change and transformation programmes for the NHS and strategic engagement for the Department of Health and Social Care. I’m also a mother and an artist and have recently settled in Brighton. I share Grace Eyre’s vision for a society where people with learning disabilities are respected as equal citizens and I’m very proud to play a part in making it happen.

Daniel Parsonage

I have worked for eighteen years in local government with extensive experience in commissioning, procurement, and income diversification. I am extremely proud to be a trustee with Grace Eyre and truly believe in our vision of supporting people in a society where people are respected as equal citizens.

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