Who We Are


The Sussex MS Centre was founded by people in Sussex with Multiple Sclerosis. The majority of our volunteers and trustees are people living with or supporting someone with a long-term health conditions such as MS.

Our Board of Trustees

Derek Aitken–  Chair

Chris Ash-Edwards – Treasurer

Martin Bennett – Health and Safety Officer

Virginia Keefe- Committee Member

Alan Taylor – Committee Member

Nikki Manchee – Committee Member

Jill Brookes -Committee Member

Our Staff

We currently have two full time members of staff and one part time staff member.

Penny Peters

Centre Manager

Penny is at the Centre 5 days a week, and is always available whether it be for a friendly chat or for advice on our therapies, classes and other resources. If you would like to speak with Penny you can find her details on our Contact Page.

Hilary Green

Deputy Centre Manager

Hilary helps Penny run the Centre and also co-ordinates the social and fundraising events. Like Penny she is at the Centre 5 days a week.

Jane Taylor

Development Manager

Jane was diagnosed with MS in 2001 and has worked part-time at the Centre for the since 2003.  Jane concentrates her time on policy and planning, producing the Centre literature and newsletters, finding grants and other forms of funding to help us maintain the Centre’s running costs, and to expand our services. If you would like to help us with other forms of funding, you can find Jane’s details on our Contact Page.


Our Volunteers

We have an amazing group of people who come to the Centre every day to help us; without our volunteer’s we would not be able to open 6 days a week, and provide some evening services. They help us run our reception, our HBO chamber, our kitchen, our social and fundraising events and of course, all our Trustees are volunteers.

We always need your help so if you think you could volunteer some time with us please feel free to contact us through the Contact Page.

Our Interns

We are very lucky to have some great people who come and work with us through various work placement schemes.

Our Patron

Alastair Hignell

Alastair is a former England rugby union player and also played county cricket for Gloucestershire.

He won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award in 2008 for his work in spreading awareness of multiple sclerosis. In 2009 Alastair was awarded a CBE in the Birthday Honours for his services to sports commentary and for his charity work in raising funds for MS.