Our people

Senior Management Team (SMT)

Philippa Thompson - Chief Executive

Philippa Thompson joined Sussex Oakleaf as CEO in January 2017.  She brings with her extensive and varied leadership experience in the health and social care sector in Sussex. Following early... read more

Daniel Markan - Head of Finance & Resources

Daniel is a qualified accountant with over 10 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. He joined Sussex Oakleaf in December 2017 after 3 years as Head of Finance at a special school in Surrey... read more

Parul Chatterjee - Head of HR and Training

Parul joined Sussex Oakleaf in December 2016.  She has worked in Human Resources for over 25 years in the public, private and not for profit sectors.  Having commenced her... read more

Dudley Edwards - Head of Community Services 

Dudley joined Sussex Oakleaf as Head of Community Services in April 2018. He joins us from the Alzheimer’s Society and has worked in the voluntary sector since 2007. This... read more

Sussex Oakleaf Board members

Graham Maunders

Graham has worked in housing and regeneration for many years: local authorities, housing associations, The Housing Corporation and regeneration companies - covering a wide range of functions: read more

Nick Willmore

Nick joined the Board in 2013. Nick is a registered social worker who has been practicing since 1991. He started in child protection but then moved to working with adults in a number of roles. Having moved... read more

Tracey Evans 

Tracy joined Sussex Oakleaf in April 2014 and was elected as vice chair of the Board in July 2015. She has worked in housing for over 30 years including for the housing regulator, the HCA. She has worked ... read more

Paul Featherstone 

Paul joined the Board in 2016. In his early career, he was employed in local government but in 2001 he was appointed as the first Director of Support Services for Martlet Homes, a housing association in... read more

Gabrielle Epstein

Gabrielle joined the Sussex Oakleaf Board in 2016. She is a registered psychologist and was brought to the UK from Australia in 2001 by the NHS to train GPs in management of... read more

Paul Williams 

Paul joined the Board, as a co-opted member, in February 2019. He also Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. An accountant by profession, Paul recently retired as the Director of Resources at B3 Living Ltd... read more

Jessica Leader

Through her career in marketing and communications, Jessica has been helping global brands to get noticed, influence and sell since 2005. She's worked everywhere from start ups to... read more

Shirley O'Keeffe

Shirley joined Sussex Oakleaf in 2018. Shirley has an extensive background in public healthcare, commencing in career in the UK as a Registered Nurse over 20 years ago. Shirley has worked in a range of healthcare... read more