Meet the Team

Bill Puddicombe, newly appointed Executive Director at the Sussex Beacon

Bill Puddicombe – Chief Executive

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.

Matthew Barker

Matthew Barker – Clinical Director

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 wellbeing. He has experience in acute, primary, community, commissioning and international settings.

Oisin McKeown, Operations Manager at the Sussex Beacon

Oisin McKeown – Operations Manager

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 to the Sussex Beacon facilities, in addition to joining the Brighton Half Marathon operations team. In 2017, Osh was promoted to his current role as Operations Manager.

Rob Hammond

Rob Hammond – Peer Mentoring Coordinator

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 extensive experience of working within the charitable sector.


Hattie Yannaghas, – Senior Project Coordinator

Hattie has worked in the voluntary sector most of her working life, including human rights issues. Hattie has been working at the Sussex Beacon since 2008, first as a volunteer  and then as client support worker on the Inpatient Unit. She then became a Caseworker in the Women and Families service and continues to support the women and families service as well as managing the peer mentor project, Day Service and groups programme.


Rosie Hemming – Challenge Events Fundraiser

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. She was awarded a distinction for her dissertation researching the impact of Human Rights on the HIV pandemic. Here at The Sussex Beacon, Rosie encourages keen runners, cyclists and general dare devils to complete exciting challenge events such as the London Marathon or skydives, whilst offering dedicated support to help them fundraise for the Sussex Beacon’s cause.