All change at Amaze

Rachel Travers, Amaze’s Chief Executive Officer, is stepping down from her role after 13 years at the helm. She says that working alongside incredible parent carers and young people with additional needs to develop and deliver our services has been a “great privilege”.

“I have been so fortunate. Amaze is an exceptional organisation with highly knowledgeable and compassionate staff, volunteers and partners, working hard to support some of the most vulnerable families in Sussex.” she said.

Hugh Clench, Amaze’s Chair of Trustees, said, “We are grateful to Rachel for all she has done to develop Amaze as a highly regarded charity working across Sussex providing direct services for parents and for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.”

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Sally Polanski

“Rachel leaves us in a strong position and Amaze’s future is bright. We have an exceptionally strong management team and, following a restructure, we are pleased to announce that Sally Polanski will be taking over as the new CEO from September.”

Sally has been working as the Amaze Deputy CEO for three years and was CEO of Community Works in Brighton for a decade before this.

Rachel said, “Despite increasing what Amaze offers, it’s very hard to see families with disabled children experiencing ever greater hardship and longer waits for services following the pandemic. Empowering children and young people with additional needs and their families to have a voice and access the information and support they need is vital to ensuring their better lifelong outcomes.”


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