About us


At the time of Care and Community and the closing of the County Asylum at Hellingly, a number of individuals found themselves unable to cope with life outside of an institutional setting and without sufficient support to sustain themselves in a community setting. Many became homeless and vulnerable and in need of advocacy and support. Seaview began as a truly community based response to expressed need and has continued to support people on the edges of society for a wide range of reasons.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.Seaview became a registered Charity in August 1985 and a Company Limited by Guarantee in September 1996.


Chief Officer- Dave Perry

Dave takes up post late Sept 2019 and is responsible for leading Seaview under the governance of Seaview's board of trustees. Dave has a background in mental health and substance misuse, and has worked in front line delivery and commissioning within both voluntary and statutory sector contexts.

Projects Manager- Sue Burgess

Sue supports the Chief Officer and the organisation, leading on specific projects and representing the organisation on several networks. Sue also provides oversight and support for our outreach programmes. 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 First Co-ordinator - Lyn Turner

Lyn leads the Housing First Project, facilitating and coordinating other workers and also providing case work support. Lyn also provides some oversight of our other housing support work and outreach programmes in collaboration with our Projects Manager

HR and Digital Officer - 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.

Finance Manager - Caelie Hawkins

Finance Officer - Amy Stringer

Central Admin - Yvonne Barnard

Senior Wellbeing Centre and Street Activities Worker - Samantha Fuller

Wellbeing Centre Worker - Emma Little

Wellbeing Centre Worker - Nathan Flores

Intensive Recovery 1-1 worker - Angela Nettles

RADAR Arts Worker - Rebecca Child

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

RADAR Worker (Arts)- Jodie Blake

RADAR Worker (Mental Health and Choir)- Eleanor Busby

Rough Sleeper Outreach Worker - Rebecca Black

Rough Sleeper Outreach and Street Activities Worker - Mick Hillier

Rough Sleeper Outreach and Street Activities Worker - Debbie Hutchinson

Intensive Flexible Housing Support - Julia Carey

Housing First Support - Riz Maslen

Housing First Support - Louise Tottman

Maintenance 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: