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.
Read more about how Bill is taking the work of The Sussex Beacon forwards here.
Matthew Barker – Clinical Director
Matthew joined the Beacon in January 2018. He is part-time with us and works as a Deputy Chief Nurse for the NHS. His background is in acute hospitals, emergency, critical care, service/workforce 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.
Tracey Buckingham – Clinical Team Manager
Tracey first joined the Sussex Beacon back in 1999 as a Staff Nurse. She moved down to the Lawson Unit [HIV Outpatients] in 2005.
In 2007 she took on the role of Clinical Nurse Manager. 20 years on she has come full circle and is back, now leading the inpatient unit nursing team.
“The Beacon and some of the service users have been part of my life for the past 21 years. I am delighted to be back and working with such an incredible group of dynamic people.”
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.
Wayne Stone - Trading Manager
Wayne has been working with Sussex Beacon since 2012, and is responsible for ensuring that his staff provide great customer service, monitoring the financial performance of the charity stores, managing budgets and donations, and supervising and supporting his staff and volunteers. Rather unusually for a retail manager, Wayne is also a trained support worker for adults suffering from mental health problems.
Read more about how Wayne is taking our shops into the future here.
Hattie Yannaghas – Community Services Manager
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.