The work of the Brighton Light Trust is done by a small but dedicated team, some of whom are staff who work alongside many wonderful volunteers supporting and encouraging those we work with.

Neil Avard
Centre Manager

Neil has worked as a volunteer for the Brighton & Hove CAP Debt Centre for the last 10 years. Because of his background in Education his main focus has been running the award winning CAP Money programme in various locations across the city.

In May 2014 he qualified as a Debt Coach. Neil has a real heart for networking and has forged partnerships across the city, notably with our City Council whom are equally passionate about helping the vulnerable in our city.

“I was inspired to work with CAP when I went on a home visit and love the challenge of helping people to help themselves . Somebody once said that those who are happiest are those who help others and I think this is definitely true”.

Neil has a background in education, a teacher for 35 years and has served at Holland Road in a variety of ministries since 1990.

TinaDonnellyTina Donnelly
Life Skills and Debt Coach

Tina started work as a volunteer with CAP around four years ago and has been a qualified Debt Coach since August 2020.

“Now I also support on clients visits and really believe that the Money Course works. I love when I see the real changes in peoples lives”.

Tina has a background in retail and management and works part time for a national supermarket chain.

Laurel Nathan
Debt Coach

Laurel, the newest member of the team began her career as a Midwife in Newcastle and has always had a passion to empower people to achieve their best. This took her to ministry work in America, Newcastle and Manchester alongside her midwifery before moving onto full time ministry in Bolton where she first interacted with the work of CAP.

After moving to Brighton in 2021 to work with the homeless she felt God moving her in a different direction and at just the right time an opportunity opened for her to train as a Debt Coach in Brighton in 2023.