A rewarding way to give something back to the community
“I was looking for a meaningful and rewarding way to give back to the community. As a Manager in the NHS, I was looking to support a charity that I could identify with, contribute to professionally and make a positive difference to the lives of people with profound disabilities who we care for. I have a busy life with a young family, but giving a little of my free time, joining the Board of Trustees and meeting quarterly has really been fulfilling and very enjoyable. We need two more Trustees to join us and we are looking for those with clinical, business or finance experience to add breadth and diversity to the board. As the Trust enters a period of growth, now is an exciting time to join The Bevern Trust.” – Nick Houston, Chair of Trustees
Dr Peter Frost
Peter is a parent of a child with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and complex health needs who is resident at Bevern View the Trust’s care home.
Peter has a Masters in Economics (specialising in Economics and Policy for Health and Social Care). His Doctorate was in research on support for families with a child with complex needs. Peter is a founder of the Trust and was previously its Executive Director. Peter is Principle Lecturer in Health and Social Care, University of Brighton. Director of Post Graduate Programme for Heath and Social Sciences, University of Brighton; Founder and Vice chair of East Sussex Care for Carers.
Nick is a charity finance director, previously working in the NHS and logistics. His Brother in Law is a resident at Bevern View the Trusts care home. Nick brings skills in General Management, financial planning, training and project management to his role as Chair of The Trust.
Sandra is a Parent Trustee and also an active member of Bevern Friends our Friends and volunteers group. Her son James is a resident at Bevern View and Sandra’s involvement and support has built over the years that James has been with us. She bring enormous experience as a parent caring for someone with complex needs.
Dr Hazel Fell
Hazel is a clinical psychologist, and has worked for 10 years in the NHS. She has also worked as a local newspaper reporter and media coordinator for various voluntary organisations and is interested in community engagement.
Hazel lives locally and was inspired to become a Trustee by the work The Trust does, coupled to her interest in the support needs of people with disabilities and their families.
Christine had a career as a teacher and has a degree in Special Educational Needs. She was previously a parent of a resident at Bevern View The Trust care home. She is interested in Conductive Education.
Christine has worked at various primary schools, MacKeith Paediatric Assessment Unit at the Royal Alex assessing pre school children, Teacher at Hillside Special School, Volunteer at Chailey Heritage. and also has experience parenting a child with complex needs.
Benetta comes to the Bevern Trust having enjoyed a career working on television documentaries, many of which explored disability and exclusion from society. Among those were a film for BBC which followed three people affected by Thalidomide as they reached 40, and traced the changes in attitudes to disability since the war. However it was experiencing life in a children’s hospice for BBC1, where the philosophy is that life must be lived to the full whatever the challenges, which inspired her connection to the Bevern Trust. She hopes that her backaground will help to reinforce the Trust’s message that everyone should have the opportunity to live life in abundance.