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

Chris Ash-Edwards – Chair

Martin Bennett – Health and Safety Officer

Alan Taylor – Company Secretary

Virginia Keefe- Committee Member

Alison Clough – Committee Member

Peter  Cook – Committee Member

Jill Brookes – Committee Member

Our Staff

Emily-Jane Stuttard

Centre Manager

Emily-Jane (known aas EJ) is at the Centre 5 days a week. EJ has been in post since December 2018 so is still getting to know all our members and friends and the ways of the Centre! If you haven’t met her please do introduce yourself – she would love to meet you. Her contact details are on our Contact Page.


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 Patrons

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.


Debbie Kennard

Debbie Kennard has previously served four years in as County Councillor for Shoreham, and one year as the Deputy Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life. She is the Director of an organisation Blueprint 22 and the Sussex Art Academy.

Debbie is the Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities for West Sussex County Council.