Local HIV charity The Sussex Beacon has recruited an Executive Director, Bill Puddicombe, to lead the charity in 2018. Bill has a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector and a track record of securing the future of small and medium sized charities. He will be joining The Sussex Beacon at the beginning of January.
Earlier this year, funding cuts put services at The Sussex Beacon at risk, but local support, grants secured from non-statutory funding bodies and a restructure put the charity in a better financial position. The Executive Director will be working with staff and Trustees in the year ahead to guide the charity through a period of transition and make it more financially robust. Lynette Lowndes, Chair of Trustees at The Sussex Beacon said, “Firstly, I want to thank our staff and volunteers for their professionalism over the last year, it’s been a difficult time but they have continued to offer first class services to our clients. She continued, “We’re delighted to have recruited Bill. He has all the skills and experience to guide The Sussex Beacon as we develop and implement a new strategy. The outpouring of support we had when services were under threat shows how valued our services are. We now need to make the charity more financially stable, so we can continue to provide that vital support for people living with HIV”.
Bill Puddicombe said “The Sussex Beacon is an amazing charity, doing invaluable work locally. I am looking forward to joining the team and working with staff to guide the charity in the coming year.” Bill has worked in the voluntary sector since 1980 and has held Chief Executive roles at organisations dealing with drug/alcohol dependency, homelessness and mental ill health. He has helped to grow organisations and has worked to improve the financial outlook for charities under threat. Bill is taking over from the previous Chief Executive, Simon Dowe, who was with the charity for five and a half years.
The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex each year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in 2016.
For further information about The Sussex Beacon please visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk