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SAB Team

The East Sussex SAB is led by our Independent Chair, supported by a SAB Development Manager and Administrator.

More about The Team

Click on the headings below to meet the members of the team and find out about the roles of the SAB Team.

Seona Douglas

Seona Douglas is the ESSAB Independent Chair. Seona leads the SAB’s quarterly meetings and her role includes:

  1. Providing support and effective leadership to the Board, overseeing core tasks including the Strategic Plan and Annual Report.
  2. Promoting a collaborative learning culture between Board members which ensures that learning from SARs and other areas of work is embedded in practice.
  3. Making sure that the voices of people who need care and support and their families are heard and that the principles of Making Safeguarding Personal are central to the work of the Board.

Lucy Spencer 

Lucy Spencer as the SAB Development Manager works closely alongside the Independent Chair and is responsible for coordinating the work programme of the Board, including:

  1. Providing business support and maintaining effective partnership links to ensure the efficient running of SAB and subgroup meetings.
  2. Undertaking development work, such as in relation to developing multi-agency guidance, policies and procedures.
  3. Supporting the process of SARs and other learning reviews.
  4. Overseeing the SAB budget and providing reports to the Board.

Sophie Watson is the  SAB Administrator jointly working as a PA to the Head of Safeguarding in East Sussex County Council. Sophie’s role includes:

  1. Supporting the Development Manager and SAB, in overseeing the administrative arrangements for all SAB and subgroup meetings, sending out agendas and papers for meetings and taking minutes.
  2. Taking the lead in managing the SAB’s social media posts on Twitter and developing the content for our newsletters.

Sam Harman is the SAB Support Coordinator.

Sam provides support to the safeguarding business needs and core statutory functions of the SAB, including the coordination of Safeguarding Adult Reviews, Practice Development, Communications and Quality Assurance activity.

Contact Us

You can connect with the East Sussex SAB in a number of ways:



01273 335 277

Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm

Friday 9am – 4.30pm




County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes, East Sussex


Please do not use these contact details to raise a safeguarding concern.

To raise a concern about an adult please call 0345 60 80 191 or email Health and Social Connect.

Professionals and members of the public can also use this ESCC contact form accessed via the East Sussex County Council website

In an emergency, contact the police via 999. You can also contact the police on 101 for non-emergency situations.