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.


Management and Core

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 as a trustee before taking up her present role. Annie spent 20 years living in the USA working for a street homeless outreach in inner city Detroit, and later in mental health in Ohio where she supported the 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 connected with Seaview via shared advocacy on behalf of service users. Annie went on to work for the Association of Mental Health Providers a national umbrella organisation as development lead. She has also been involved with national work on person centred safety planning, measures and models. 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.Separately Annie has been one of the six independent members of the Government's National Information Board since its inception in 2014, and is determined that the digitization of health and care is inclusive and accessible for all.

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. 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. Sue also previously served a term for Seaview as a trustee. Sue is a qualified trainer and delivers all induction training for new Seaview staff and volunteers.

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.

Reboot Digital Connector – Laura Paterson

Laura has worked across a wide range of Administrative, HR and Research roles for a variety of voluntary sector organisations including SEAP, ESRA and nationally for the Association of Mental Health Providers for whom she facilitated the organisation of local patient consultations ahead of CQC inspections of mental health trusts.

Having previously led on our NHS Digital Pathfinder project she is currently interviewing and supporting Seaview service users for involvement with our Digital Health Project Reboot ensuring that the work is integrated across other Seaview teams, linking with partners.

Administrative support

Finance Manager – Christopher Whelan MAAT ACIE

Finance Officer – Tammy Symes AAT

Central Admin – Yvonne Barnard

Pathfinder Digital Support Officer - Jarred Ballard

Project Staff

Wellbeing centre and Street Activities Worker – Samantha Fuller

Wellbeing Centre and Housing Recovery Worker– Matthew Christodoulou

Wellbeing Centre Worker– Angela Nettles

Wellbeing Centre Worker - Nathan Flores

RADAR Arts Worker - Rebecca Child

RADAR Worker (Gym, Peer Support Groups) - Rory Quigley

RADAR Worker (Pathfinder, Housing) - Fiona Fielding

RADAR Worker (Arts)- Jodie Blake

RADAR Worker (Mental Health and Choir)- Eleanor Busby

Rough Sleeper Outreach Lead - Rebecca Black

Rough Sleeper Outreach and Street Activities Worker - Mick Hillier

Street Activities Worker - Debbie Hutchinson

Maintenance and SASS Worker- Paul Gladson

Cook and Kitchen oversight - Lynton Cole


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: