Sussex Prisoners' Families
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New Era for Sussex Charity Supporting Prisoners’ Families

For Immediate Release

After eleven years of unwavering dedication, we are bidding farewell to our founding CEO, and are welcoming in a new era of leadership under the capable guidance of new chief, Cat Arnold.

Denis Byrne, the visionary force behind Sussex Prisoners’ Families will be stepping down from his role as CEO, leaving behind a legacy of compassion, resilience, and community empowerment. Under his leadership, the charity has evolved into a cornerstone of support for families navigating the complexities of having loved ones in prison, providing vital information, support and advice for a population who are often ignored.  

 Stepping into the role, Cat Arnold, former CEO of Adur Voluntary Action, brings a wealth of experience and a steadfast commitment to advancing the mission of Sussex Prisoners’ Families. With a background deeply rooted in supporting vulnerable populations and a proven track record of strategic leadership within the voluntary sector, Cat is poised to build upon the foundation laid by her predecessor and to drive forward initiatives to support the needs of families.

Cat says: “I am thrilled to join Sussex Prisoners’ Families and I am excited to get going with the new challenge. The charity’s work is exemplary, and embeds my core values of enabling those who find themselves marginalised, giving them a voice and agency on their lives. I come from working as Adur Voluntary Action’s CEO of the past 2 years, a charity that was embedded in its community and I can see SPF echoes this vision. I want to thank Denis Byrne for all his support in handing over the reins. He leaves behind big shoes to fill”. 

As Sussex Prisoners’ Families embarks on this transition, the Board of Trustees expresses profound gratitude to Denis for his exceptional leadership and extends a warm welcome to Cat as she assumes her new role. With a commitment to empowering individuals and strengthening communities, Sussex Prisoners’ Families remains steadfast in its mission to provide support for people with a family member facing arrest, court or prison.

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Editorial Notes

More than 300,000 children have a parent sent to prison each year. Prisoners’ children and families experience a range of challenges including loss, trauma, poverty, bullying and ill-health. Yet, due to the stigma and shame, their needs are often overlooked.


Sussex Prisoners’ Families provides information, advice and support to people with family members facing arrest, court or imprisonment.