Our Mission & Vision

Bridging the Gap between education and employment, we are a unique youth employment programme that works closely with local businesses and key organisations within the Wealden community.

Every young person deserves success

Our Team

Lisa Crozier

My previous role as Deputy Manager at a residential childrens home specialising in Autism and challenging behaviours, has given me a real understanding of the issues some our young people face.

Now as Team Leader for Wealden Works I have the privileged opportunity of supporting my local community and being part of our young people's transition from education to employment.

Victoria Bowdler

With a commercial background in the Finance Industry I joined the team over 10 years ago and in that time have supported over 400 young people.

Knowing that we have helped in breaking down barriers that were preventing them moving forward with their careers has been immensely rewarding, and I look forward to continuing our success with Wealden Works.

Ethan Todd

After studying comedy, writing and performance at Salford University, I dropped out after 1 year as I had doubts about my future. I joined Wealden Works in 2018 with the aim of finding some direction and purpose. During my time on the course, I started to see opportunities which lay in the education sector which interested me. Wealden Works offered me the opportunity to complete a level 3 teaching qualification, this really opened things up for me and I started to see where my skills and interests were. After completing my qualification over six months, I offered my services to volunteer at Wealden Works to gain experience in using my knew found knowledge of structuring and facilitating lessons. The rest is history and I am now a facilitator and mentor of the programme and really loving my job and I am able to view things from the perspective of the young people we enrol.

Our Board

Sally Frost

Director of Newton and Frost Fencing

Tim Hough

Retired. Active Parish Councillor.

Peter Bailey

Senior Partner at Bailey & Co. Former president of Sussex RFU, and now lead member of the team delivering the leadership Academy.

Bob Bowdler

Retired career Soldier and Structural Surveyor. East Sussex County Councillor for ‘Wealden East’ Division and Lead Member of Childrens Services, also Wealden District Councillor for ‘Horam & Punnetts Town’ Ward

Rupert Simmons

County Councillor for the Heathfield Division with Cabinet responsibility for the economy in East Sussex. Director of Sea Change Sussex Ltd, Chairman of the Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd, Chairman of Heathfield Area Leisure Centre Ltd and Chairman of the Cattam Committee. 

Paula Geear

Director, Chairman for the partnership executive and monthly farmers market.

Our Ambassadors

We are very proud to have three active and longstanding Ambassadors, all have been great supporters of the project since it opened. Who frontman and OBE Roger Daltrey,  Olympic Gold Medallist skater, Jayne Torvill, and Lords Minister Baroness Stedman-Scott OBE Department for work and pensions.  All have played an active part in showing their support for the Youth of Wealden, presenting certificates at the Annual Achievements Awards and taking time to visit our young people to chat about their personal challenges.

Join Now!

Interested in joining our programme?

Whether you are a young person aged 16-24 and living in the Wealden area looking to make a difference to their life, or a business able to offer work placements, permanent jobs or apprenticeships please get in touch.