Rebecca Whippy
Rebecca WhippyCo-founder, Chairperson

Rebecca is the Co-Founder and CEO of Embrace East Sussex. She has three daughters and a son, 12 year Harry who has Autism. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, and represents parents at Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Tribunals

Rebecca’s vision is to see a world where special needs and disability are no longer side-lined, and the Embrace children are accepted readily in the local community. She runs the charity day-to-day, working unceasingly for the inclusion and improvement of life of the Embrace families.

Her overriding objective is to give Embrace families and children a brighter future. Equipping them with the skills and confidence they need to fulfil and exceed their potential in life, and to contribute to their local community in a way they find meaningful, raising their self-image and giving them purpose.

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Annette Ackland
Annette AcklandCo-founder
Annette aims promote inclusion of all special needs children and young people in East Sussex and to provide support and outreach services for families. She now runs both Saturday clubs as well as the parents support group. Annette is passionate about her role choosing to work as a volunteer. Annette has been a registered foster carer and host other to foreign students since 2006.

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John and Nikki Brown
John and Nikki BrownParent Trustees
John and Nikki’s 14 year old daughter has autism and attends the Embrace Club. Nikki attends the Embrace Parent Support Group. Both Nikki and John are very active board members and very passionate about improving lives for children with special needs and disabilities and their families.
Catherine Henelley
Catherine Henelley
Catherine originally trained as a nursery nurse, however, after working her way up to nursery manager she realised that she would prefer to train as a teacher. In order to gain experience Catherine worked as an INA in an infant school before beginning her teacher training degree. She is currently in her fourth year of teaching. She has taught in years 3, 4 and now 6. Catherine has a great passion for helping each child, gain independence and enjoy learning.
Rebecca Wren
Rebecca Wren
Rebecca has worked in a nursing home as a registered nurse full time and has 2 children aged 5 and 9. Rebecca is Secretary on the PTA and is happy to be involved with Embrace East Sussex and being on the committee. Her free time is taken up with family time, dog walking, and enjoying the outdoors.
Stacey Pottinger
Stacey Pottinger
Stacey’s background is based in website content management and design. Father of 4, Stacey is a dedicated family man and is delighted to be on board the Embrace East Sussex team.
Mike Woods
Mike Woods
Mike is now retired having had a background in specialist taxation consultancy and accountancy. For Embrace (East Sussex) he is a Trustee and Treasurer. A family man who is married with two adult daughters and two grand-daughters all of which he enjoys daily involvement and fun.

In retirement Mike is happy to volunteer his time towards charitable purposes. He is also a volunteer weekly Room Guide for the National Trust and additionally regularly supports several Charitable concerns to different degrees.

Certainly Embrace (East Sussex) carry out very worthwhile activities for the benefit of special needs and disabled children and their families.