Anita Rose - Chair
"I feel privileged to be the Chair of the Sara Lee Trust. I was appointed in January 2023 having served as a Trustee and been a member of the Service User Group. I experienced first hand the difference the Trust makes to the lives of those affected by cancer and other life threatening conditions. It is the amazing work of the therapists, staff and volunteers and this inspires me to leading the Charity forward into the future. As we all work together building upon the determination, hard work and achievements of the Trust since it was established in 1996, in the memory of Sara Lee, we strive to ensure all those affected by cancer and life threatening conditions in Hastings and Rother have free and easy access to our services and support. In the words of Sara Lee, we strive to support our service users, “To live life to the full, in spite of the cancer within”."
Mike Morton - Vice Chair
Mike has lived in Bexhill for 12 years, he is a retired Magistrate but still currently works part-time as a consultant to an American engineering company, for whom he worked full-time for many years, managing their European properties.
Mike has been a Trustee since 2017 is very pleased be able to continue to support the Sara Lee Trust working alongside the team to provide and maintain their local high street properties to provide a number of retail outlets for the charity in the area.
"The work of our therapists, staff, volunteers and my fellow Trustees inspires me in leading the charity into the future, building upon the hard work and achievements of all those who have put their time, energy and commitment to such great effect since its establishment in 1996, in the memory of Sara Lee."
"As a local complementary therapist, Qigong and Yoga teacher I knew about the work of The Sara Lee Trust. When my sister, Joanne was diagnosed with cancer she took full advantage of the therapies, counselling and days of space and peace offered by the Trust. Even now, years after her death, words cannot express the depth of the level of the support she received, and what a difference it made to her life and to her death. Becoming a Trustee connects me to her, allows me to give a little something back and sends a message to all those people who have helped, from the person in the street who buys a raffle ticket to the therapists, founders, fund raisers and managers, that their work is truly and deeply significant and appreciated."
"Hastings is my home and I have seen how The Sara Lee Trust has grown. Having trained as a hairdresser, my interest in health and holistic therapies grew and I have taken courses in different therapies and seen the benefits of them to people, also within my own family. As I am not practising now, my aim is to help The Sara Lee Trust reach out to the wider community."
Nicky Histed Chartered MCIPD
“I am a Chartered member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and currently run my own HR consultancy business People Hub HR Ltd. In becoming a trustee of The Sara Lee Trust I hope to add value in my area of expertise and help facilitate the Trust’s growth in order to ensure its continued valuable and very necessary contribution to the local community.”
"I formed the GRC Group in 1999, of which GBS Insurance Services ('GBS') is part of, after working for London Market Brokers, together with specialist Consultancy firms for over 15 years’. This has given me a wealth of knowledge and helped me to provide specialist services to local and global insurance markets. GBS have a lot of charity clients and this has given me valuable insight into how charities work. I have a wide range of business contacts throughout East Sussex and becoming a trustee of The Sara Lee Trust, I hope to add value in my area of expertise and to continue the valuable work The Sara Lee Trust is doing in the local community."
"I head our Vulnerable Client Services at Heringtons Solicitors throughout our 5 offices along the coast of East Sussex. In the early days of my legal career I helped with the legal paperwork to incorporate the Sara Lee Trust and since then have been a supporter of the tremendous work that happens every day within the Sara Lee Trust supporting our community in the Hastings and Rother areas.
Prior to my legal career, I was an Independent Financial Planner for 13 years and this, together with my legal experience of many years, will I am sure enable me as a Trustee to support the team to carry on the super work of the trust in the memory of Sara Lee."
Tim is CEO at Mindful Chef, the UK’s leading healthy recipe box business, on a mission to make healthy eating easy. A creative and practical business leader with a passion for building businesses he has experience from start-ups to large PLC’s and the Charity sector. Prior to joining the founding team at Mindful Chef, he was responsible for digital and strategy within the food division at Marks & Spencer. Before this he spent 15 years at Tesco in senior food roles in commercial and marketing in the UK and overseas.
Tim is one of the founders of The Sara Lee Trust which was set up in memory of his sister. He also sits on the advisory panel for IntoUniversity, a leading educational charity that provides access to education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds across the UK.
He holds a 1st class degree in Marine sciences. When not working he loves to fly fish and this has taken him to some of the remotest parts of the world from Cosmoledo Atoll in the Indian Ocean to the rivers on the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
"I am a retired Registered Nurse, having a background in various specialities, culminating in working in Palliative care. I worked with Dr Jeremy Lee, and was involved with him and his wife Sally during the formation of The Sara Lee Trust, and have been involved continuously since then. I am able to bring not only my professional background to the Trust, but also personal experience as a service user, as my previous husband and I were so wonderfully supported during his final weeks of life."
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