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Bill Puddicombe
Exectuive Director

Bill Puddicombe

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, ... Read more
Oisin McKeown
Operations Manager

Oisin McKeown

Osh has been part of the Sussex Beacon since 2006, when he initially worked as a freelance constructer to refurbish and update the charity’s facilities. Between 2011-2016, Osh moved into the roles of Maintenance Assistant and Facilities Coordinator, where his responsibilities expanded to focus increasingly on project management, managing housekeeping and catering, making continuous improvements ... Read more
Women and Families Case Worker

Hattie Yannaghas

Hattie has worked in the voluntary sector for most of her working life, including human rights issues. Hattie has been working at the Sussex Beacon since 2008, first as a volunteer and later as client support worker on the Inpatient Unit. Hattie then became a Caseworker in the Women and Families Service, and continues to ... Read more
Rob Hammond
Peer Mentoring Coordinator

Rob Hammond

Rob is an experienced Integrative Coach-Psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and is also trained in psychometric profiling. He has been working as Peer Mentoring Coordinator at The Sussex Beacon since 2017. Qualified in delivering leadership and management programmes, and a variety of soft skills courses, Rob has been a freelance consultant and facilitator for 15 years. He has ... Read more
Challenge Events Fundraiser

Rosie Hemming

Rosie has worked for The Sussex Beacon since 2015 as Challenge Events Fundraiser, after volunteering at various charities for many years. Rosie has a Degree in Law and a Masters Degree in Human Rights, and was awarded a distinction for her dissertation researching the impact of Human Rights on the HIV pandemic. Here at The ... Read more
Matthew joined the Beacon in January 2018. He is a registered nurse with a background in emergency, critical care, service redesign and transformational change. Previous roles include Director of Nursing, Head of Governance and Management Consultant. Matthew has led operational teams to improve services and make a real difference to citizens’ and patients’ health and ... Read more
Jayne Phoenix
Trustee

Jayne Phoenix

Jayne has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS , independent heath care, and Social care. She is an experienced Board-level manager and clinician with extensive experience in operational management, strategy and commissioning, service transformation, large scale change, financial management and recovery, policy development and implementation, and integrated governance. She has worked in a range ... Read more
Lynette Lowndes
Chair of Trustees

Lynette Lowndes

Lynette’s career is international development and for many years the portfolio of programmes she was responsible for included HIV. Until recently, she was Programme Director and Deputy Executive Director for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance here in Brighton. The role involved supporting civil society organisations across 40 countries in HIV programming and advocacy. She was delighted ... Read more
Dr Duncan Churchill
Dr Duncan Churchill has been a Trustee of the Sussex Beacon since 2012, and chairs the monthly Governance meeting. He has also been a member of the British HIV Association Executive, and was elected Honorary Treasurer of BHIVA in 2014 and 2017.   Dr Churchill is a Consultant in HIV/GUM. As well as holding clinics ... Read more
Norman Hill
Trustee

Norman Hill

Norman has lived in Brighton for 20 years and is aware of many of the issues those living with HIV experience.   He is qualified accountant with over 30 years post qualification experience. He has been the Finance Director of a housing association which is a registered charity for 16 years and a member of ... Read more
Timothy joined the board of the Beacon as Treasurer in 2016. Prior to that, he has served on the board of various local charities, most recently serving as Chair of the Grace Eyre Foundation. Timothy is a chartered accountant with significant professional experience as finance director of various national charities. Timothy has lived in Brighton ... Read more
Paul Hilly
Trustee

Paul Hilly

Paul joins the board having worked in Fashion Retail / Wholesale and Financial Services sectors. He brings retail operational and financial skills from fashion brands such as : Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Alberta Ferretti, and Moschino. In the early 1990s, Paul volunteered in the residential unit at the London Light House and actively supported Crusaid with ... Read more
David Fray
David joined the board in the Spring 2014. Since his diagnosis in the early 1990’s, he has had employment and voluntary work experience in the HIV sector spanning 25 years. David was one of the volunteers that provided the first Gay Men’s HIV Outreach Team in Brighton, and later joined the board of the Sussex AIDS ... Read more