Darren Abrahams - Co-Founder and Trustee
Darren co-founded the Starr Trust with his brother-in-law Rob and has loved the experience of building an organisation from scratch with a team of fantastic people.
Outside of the Trust, Darren is a singer and teacher. He has appeared in opera all around the world and has sung for such companies as the ROH, ENO, Wexford Festival and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He is also a coach and therapist with a private practice in Brighton in the UK, specialising in self awareness, high performance and re-regulating the nervous system. He is the creator of many programmes designed to expand the potential of individuals and groups and works internationally as a facilitator and project leader in the fields of creativity, music and trauma, arts and community, social entrepreneurship and personal development. His passion is to reconnect people with themselves so they can live consciously creative, connected lives.
You can find out more about him at darrenabrahams.com.
Rich is a partner of local firm, Coole Bevis LLP. 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).
Alison is a mathematics teacher at Varndean School in Brighton and has a passion for helping young people. Alison, along with the Starr Trust Team, introduced the Starr Pioneers Programme (initially called CHOCS) to her school in 2010, and has since been helping to develop the programme. Alison joined the board of Trustees because she wanted to help develop young people develop through the experiences the Starr Trust offers.
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.
Originally from a small hole in the ground in Somerset Bill came to Brighton in 1987 and joined the Business School at the University of Brighton (Brighton Polytechnic in old money). He started his company in 1999 after working as a journalist and then in advertising. It was the commute to London that made him decide to give up his proper job and start his own company.
Bill has loved living in Brighton and Hove. He met his wife and soulmate Alex at a local hostelry and has been happy to raise his children here.
“The Starr Trust has impressed me deeply and the energy and enthusiasm of the team alone is enough for me to do all I can to help them( which is never enough); I look forward to becoming more involved with this amazing charity and hopefully enhancing in some small way the great work that they do.”
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.