Alan Botterill announced his intended retirement from the Board of Trustees at our collective meeting on 27th February last. Alan had mentioned last year that this was likely, and he then relinquished his role as Chair but remained on the Board as a trustee. He explained that his other commitments have become more demanding, and as he lives away from the region he feels less in touch with it than others, and that his time to attend meetings and sit both on the Board and on our various Committees is limited. It was reluctantly agreed that his tenure would end on 31st March this year, and we wished him well.

Alan has been thanked for his enormous contribution to the continued success of our charity, not only when he became a mentor to our former CEO, but also when he then joined as a trustee and subsequently took over as Chair. He then skillfully guided the charity through a very difficult period and the transition to new senior management. Alan’s input has been significant, it’s been most welcome and he kept the charity focused on its key functions despite the uncertainty it went through.

After nearly 3 years of working at Carers Support West Sussex, Rachael Swann will be moving on to new opportunities and will not be returning to work.

Rachael’s time at Carers Support has been fulfilling both in her professional life and in the many friends and colleagues across Carers Support, WSCC and in particular the WSCC young carers team she has worked with. She wishes everyone continued success in the future.

Kimberley Roper had worked for us for an amazing 20 years – for many of those years working specifically with our dementia carers. She will be very missed by colleagues in the dementia team and wider organisation as well as carers and partner organisations in Worthing and Adur. Kimberley was looking forward to enjoying the summer at home before looking for her next work challenge!

Marie Dowell has also moved on from the mental health carer team to a new role with prisoner’s families. Although only with CSWS for a short time she had become a valued member of the team.