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 joined Seaview in 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 Chairs and leads 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.

Operations and HR Manager - Hannah Hallett

Inspired by her families commitment to provide security to children and adults within the social care system, Hannah has worked with forward thinking charities for 20 years supporting people with diverse range of needs including mental health, Autism and substance misuse, to achieve goals, increase independence and build strategies to overcome barriers. With over 10 years of experience managing teams across a range of residential and community settings, Hannah has a wide range of knowledge and experience to contribute to the management team, providing oversite to the service coordinators and HR operations at Seaview.

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 an acronym for Refocus Addiction Develop Activate Recover. This is a Peer led Recovery Team facilitating recovery groups and ideas.The Peer run Seaview Choir and clothing closet are also part of the Wellbeing Centre.

Housing First Co-ordinator - Lyn Turner

Lyn leads the RSI Housing First Project and in collaboration with our Projects Manager the RSI Outreach Team, facilitating and coordinating other workers and also providing case work support. Lyn has worked for Seaview for many years in various Housing Placement and Support roles.

Harm Reduction Co-orodinator – Michael Payne

Michael leads the Seaview Accommodation Support Service(SASS), Diversionary Activities Project (DAP) and Project Adder. Michael is a trained counsellor and has a wealth of experience in substance misuse and harm reduction work. Michael has worked previously in Drug and alcohol services, both as a counsellor and a care co-ordinator, residential treatment services and was the criminal justice lead for drug and Alcohol services in West Sussex.

Kickstart Digital Worker – Sinead Kennedy

Coming from a background in technology and design, Sinead supports the Seaview team in navigating around new technological systems – as well as overseeing the design of Seaview’s digital assets and development of the social media pages.

Kickstart Photography Worker – Josie Barnes

With a strong enthusiasm for art and photography, Josie overlooks all the photographic aspects of Seaview. From leading photography sessions with service users to upgrading Seaview’s digital displays, Josie supports the team in conveying all the visual storytelling.

Central Administration - Yvonne Barnard

Maintenance Worker and Community Food Organiser- Iain Robison

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: