Removing Roadblocks for Young People to help them succeed and thrive
Darren co-founded the Starr Trust with his brother-in-law Rob and has been involved in building the charity since the beginning.
Outside the Trust he is a singer, coach, therapist and trainer and is the creator of many programmes designed to expand the potential of individuals and groups. He works internationally as a facilitator and project leader in the fields of personal, cultural and community development, is a qualified trauma therapist, a Certified High Performance Coach and has appeared in opera all over the world.
Darren is co-founder of The Human Hive which trains volunteer and professional teachers to work in non formal and emergency situations and is on the steering team and head of pastoral care for The Complete Freedom of Truth, an international youth-led project developing global youth citizenship through culture and the arts.
Darren is also an international trainer for Musicians Without Borders where he trains musicians to use music for peace building with refugees and in post conflict communities. You can find out more about him at www.darrenabrahams.com.
Richard is a consultant solicitor at local law firm, Cognitive Law.
He has been practising as a solicitor since 2000, specialising in wealth management and later life planning. He has also been involved with the Starr Trust since its inception.
In October 2011 Rich cycled through Death Valley, Nevada to raise funds for the Starr Trust – a fantastic experience and one which hasn’t put him off cycling.
Rich lives in Henfield, just north of Brighton & Hove with his daughter, Imy, a rat, three stick insects, two praying mantises and a dog. In his spare time (other than cycling), he enjoys kayaking, riding and his Jeep Wrangler (which he’s too scared to take offroad).
Michael joined Seico as COO in 2011.
One of the things that most attracted Michael to Seico was their commitment to charity and the inspirational work of The Starr Trust, so he was delighted to become a Trustee in early 2014. Michael says that he is looking forward to contributing to the Trust by helping it continue to be as effective as possible in their commitment to support young people and the local area as well as helping to deliver the wonderful culture, arts, sports and leisure hub at the King Alfred site.
Outside of his activities with Seico and the Trust, Michael enjoys his family, sports and supporting Spurs, not necessarily in that order.
Robert, through his firm of Style & Silver Accountants in Southwick, has acted for Robert Starr and Seico Insurance for a very, very long time.
Style & Silver have also acted for the Starr Trust since its inception. Born in London, he moved to Hove as a boy and wouldn’t live anywhere else. He’s known the Starr family since long before Seico was set up and was friends with Eddie Starr, Rob’s father for many years.
Like Michael Jacobs, he’s a Spurs supporter and plays golf, both of which give him endless hours of frustration and the occasional moment of pleasure.
Claire has extensive international publishing knowledge having worked as Art Director and Editor (Hachette Filipacchi Medias / G&J / Haymarket Media Group).
She is a passionate educationalist; senior leadership and curriculum development roles include: Director of Entrepreneurship and Evaluation Manager for the Aldridge Foundation and Assistant Principal at the University Technical College, Newhaven. Claire has an MA in Education and is an accomplished Workplace Coach. Determined to align compulsory and vocational educational with appropriate skills awareness she founded Skillzbox, an APP to support lifelong learning and research.
She is currently working at the Screen and Film School, Brighton, facilitating the under graduate delivery of Creative Industries and Entrepreneurial studies.
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