Cavendish House Trust
4 Saxbys Lane, Lingfield, RH7 6DN
Tel 01342 833297
I graduated in physics in 1977 and initially worked at the Royal Free Hospital in the physics department, after which I trained as an accountant. After working for various enterprises and professional practices I set up Levy & Co in 1989, specialising in business development (the office next to Cavendish House), which I eventually sold in 2008.
I have lived in Lingfield for more than 30 years during which time I was a governor of the local primary school for a number of years. I currently help as a volunteer at the St Peter’s & St James’s Hospice in North Chailey, and have done so for the past three years.
My name is Vee and I am originally from New Zealand. I moved to the UK in 2000. I started as a support worker at St Piers and went on to be a House Manager. During this time I completed the Doctor of Social Work programme at the University of Sussex.
I previously worked as an inspector for the Care Quality Commission and I am now a registered manager for The Disabilities Trust. I have been a trustee at Cavendish House since the end of 2013. I enjoy the opportunity to be involved with the service and offer what support I can to the staff and residents.
After 22 years in California where I ran a children’s centre, I returned to England in 2002. Newly retired, I started volunteering for the Monica Cantwell Trust and have been involved with them ever since. I have taken Minutes at meetings, help with secretarial work, manage the charity shop and became a Trustee (for the second time) in 2014.
I am also Clerk to Lingfield United Trust, a charity which has almshouses in Dormansland and distributes funds to worthy local cases for assistance.
After graduating I worked in pharmaceutical research and medical publishing before having my two sons. Both boys had special educational needs and this influenced my move into primary education and parenting support. I worked for Sure Start Centres running parenting education programmes for many years. I joined Young Epilepsy to train mainstream teachers and pupils alike about the needs of young people with epilepsy.
I also ran training courses and support groups for parents of children with epilepsy, both at St Piers and across the South East. Since leaving in 2013, I have worked for YoungMinds supporting schools and parents with mental health issues faced by young people. I currently work for Combat Stress, a mental health charity for ex service personnel.
I am retired now and we moved from Hertfordshire in 2009 to be near one of our sons who lives in Dormansland.
I was educated in Middlesex and did nursing training at Kings College Hospital.
My volunteer work includes Surestart baby clinics, the Cavendish House Trust charity shop and the local school ECO garden.
I am Treasurer of a local WI and am also involved in Dormansland Horticultural Society and related offshoots.
Prior to retirement I was a Financial Administrator but my working life progressed from nursing to wedding caterer to finance.