About us


Since 1985 Seaview has been providing an open access wellbeing centre at the heart of St Leonards-on-Sea Seaview was set up by Helene White and Barbara Silvester, with the help of Jane Amstad in February 1985. At the time of Care in the Community a number of people who had been used to institutional living due to mental health problems, unable to cope with the sudden change and inadequate support found themselves street-homeless. Seaview’s inception was an organic voluntary sector initiative, creating responsive local support. Seaview became a registered Charity in August 1985 and a Company Limited by Guarantee in September 1996.

Today Seaview Centre and activities are funded from a mix of statutory funding, grants and charitable donations, and delivered with an open access approach to people experiencing a range of issues including: mental health, learning disabilities, substance misuse, physical disabilities social isolation, rough sleeping and homelessness.


Chief Officer- Annie Whelan

Annie is responsible for oversight and planning of all of the day to day running of the organisation under the board of trustees, and previously served Seaview in a trustee capacity. Annie spent 20 years living in the USA where initially she worked with a street homeless service in Detroit. After moving to Ohio she worked in a role supporting the development and set up of service user run enterprises in two counties. After returning to England in 2003,she managed mental health advocacy services in a variety of settings: community, inpatient, forensic and prison and during this time became very aware of Seaview connecting via collaborative advocacy on behalf of service users. She went on to work for the Association of Mental Health Providers a national umbrella organisation. She has also been involved with national work on person centred safety planning, measures and models. Her present role heralds a return to local and a desire to see Seaview flourish. Annie has a PGDip in mental health practice and qualifications in training and assessing. She has been involved in developing several accredited training programmes, including the Signpost UK Brokerage training programmes. Annie is also an independent member of the National Information Board.

Projects Manager- Sue Burgess

Sue supports the Chief Officer and the organisation, leading on specific projects and representing the organisation on several networks. She also offers support for the activities of the fundraising group Awareness for Action, and provides training for Seaview volunteers. Sue has worked for Seaview for many years and has a deep understanding of the organisation and its ethos having held different positions throughout the organisation.

Wellbeing Centre Co-ordinator -Maggie Hawthorne

Maggie oversees the daily operations of the wellbeing centre services, providing support to the centre support workers as well as overseeing the kitchen and tea bar staff and volunteers. Alongside the Chief Officer she provides facilitative support to the Peer Development work of the RADAR – Refocus Develop Activate Recover- Team. This is a Peer led Recovery Team facilitating recovery groups and ideas.The Seaview Arts worker supports RADAR and sits within the wellbeing team.The Peer run Seaview Choir and clothing closet are also part of the Wellbeing centre.

Housing, Navigator and Outreach Co-ordinator – Lyn Turner

Lyn facilitates delivery of the Navigator work and provides support to the street activities work operating as part of the weekly Rough Sleepers Health and Housing hub delivered in partnership with Hastings Borough Council. She also oversees Seaview's Accommodation Support service providing intensive support from rough sleeping to sustained tenancies. Seaview's Rough Sleeper outreach team, operating our early morning outreach and verification work and our support to help people reconnect with their area of origin is also actioned from within this team.

Pathfinder Research and Development Officer – Heather Williams

Heather works with the Chief Officer to link front line practice with strategic developments by supporting the involvement of Seaview in particular research and development initiatives. She is currently a key worker in Seaviews National work as one of NHS Digital/ The Good Thing Foundations Digital Health Pathfinder sites , setting up models of digital health inclusion for those that might be rough sleeping or homeless for potential national roll out

Finance and Admin Support Team - Chris Whelan, Yvonne Barnard, Tammy Symes. Chris oversees our admin and finance team and supports the core team and the board of trustees.


Governance responsibility for Seaview lies with the Board of Trustees. Some of these have supported Seaview for many years, and bring a wealth of experience to the work. They are: