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Brian O’Hagan (Project Manager)

Brian is father of James who has Cerebral Palsy. He is also a freelance fundraising consultant who specialises in working with small to medium sized charities. He has an MA in Sociology & Politics from the University of Sussex and is an occasional writer on charity issues. Brian is a trustee of Contact a Family and the Springboard Project.

Donna Manwill (Office Manager)

Donna is mum to Eddie and Joe who has High Functioning Autism. She has worked in administration for most of her adult life, most recently at Littlehampton Baptist Church. She enjoys spending time with her family. Donna is responsible for managing the Reaching Families office HR, policy, accounts and general administration.

Rosemary Hudson (Out-reach & Training Co-ordinator)

Rosemary has three children William who has Autism, Oliver who has social communication and attention difficulties and Daisy.  She first started working with parents ten years ago when she set up a baby-loss group. She has a particular passion for working with parents of children at mainstream schools.

Michele Creed (Rural Outreach Worker)

Michele has two children Alana who was born with an extremely rare
genetic condition, Trisomy 9 Mosaicism and Maia.  She is an Associate
of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Michele is
responsible for reaching parents and families in smaller towns and
villages across West Sussex.


Seb Tresize (Chair)

Seb is a disability awareness trainer for local partners, Enable Me. He was born with Spina Bifida and has been a wheelchair user since the age of 10. Seb is also ranked 2nd in Great Britain at the Discus.

John Corr

John is father of John who has Autism. John senior works in tour management and logistics in the music industry and has worked for some of the world’s best known artists. He has an MBA from Kingston University.

Denise Snook

Denise has spent her 18 years working life in roles as a teacher and education advisor for children with disabilities and significant needs. She currently leads the Learning and Behaviour Advisory Team for WSCC, supporting children, families and schools.

Helen Rodgers

Helen has worked with children with disabilities and their families since 1995. She worked for 14 years within the Health Service as Thera-playgroup co-ordinator at Chichester Child Development Centre and is now Director of 'Arc Autism Advice'.

Jo Jones

Jo is a mum to 3 children, Imogen age 6 Archie age 3 and Zachary age 2. Imogen and Zachary have the rare genetic condition Cystic Fibrosis. Jo is a passionate advocate and fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis and more generally, parents of children at mainstream schools.

Laetitia Castle

Laetitia is a mum to Pierre who is 11 years old. Pierre has Autism and speech delay. Laetitia is an administrator at CAPITA/WSCC Partnership but also works with Pierre after school and during holidays on his ABA programme. Laetitia is also very passionate about Autism awareness raising and would like to see more provision and opportunities put in place for post 16 children/adults with special needs in the County.

Reaching Families staffOutreach Workers

Boy in a buggiepicture courtesy of Sussex Community FoundationPicture courtesy of Sussex Community Foundation