Our Trustees

John SlaterJohn Slater: Chair

John was originally a Trustee for YMCA Guildford, appointed in 2009, until the merger with YMCA Sussex Central to form YMCA DownsLink Group. John became Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2015.
As a qualified solicitor, John has worked in business for the past 30 years predominantly in the pharmaceutical industry in the US and Europe. John is passionate about the work of YMCA and has in the past been involved with leading youth clubs in Liverpool and Manchester.


Ingrid BeattyIngrid Beatty: Vice Chair

Ingrid has been a Trustee since late 2013 and chairs the HR Strategy Committee. Although Ingrid initially trained as a chartered accountant, she is now firmly established in the field of human resources with KPMG as a director in Employee Engagement, Performance and Reward, working across the South East.

Besides being a Trustee for YMCA DLG, Ingrid is also a Trustee of a small Brighton charity – Crossover – that provides practical and spiritual support for the homeless and vulnerable in Brighton.

Pete JeffreyPete Jeffrey

Pete has been involved in the YMCA movement for many years. He is a Member of the YMCA World Executive and was Chair of YMCA DownsLink Group from April 2014 until September 2015. Pete’s background is in accountancy and he was a partner of PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) specialising in Banking and Capital Markets, until his retirement in 2013. He’s been involved in youth work for over 40 years and was the national Chairman of Urban Saints (a national youth organisation) for 11 years leading them through a change of name and rebranding exercise as well as defining how to govern an organisation of over 900 groups around the country.

Richard SmillieRichard Smillie

Richard has been a Trustee since 2009 and was originally a Trustee of Horsham YMCA. He has a particular interest in supported housing and when he saw the Horsham Y Centre being built volunteered his services as Trustee.
Richard is now retired but worked in housing for 35 years starting as a rent collector in local government. He later became the Chief Executive of East Thames Housing Association, then Network Housing Association and finally at The Salvation Army Housing Association.

Peter McMahonPeter McMahon

Peter became a Trustee of YMCA DLG in 2009, before this he served as Treasurer of Horsham YMCA.
Peter became a chartered accountant in 1970 and after working in practice for a few years he moved to Horsham to work for Sun Alliance for 16 years. Following this he gained experience in the charity sector as a Finance Manager for Guild Care, a Worthing based charity which ran care homes for the elderly.  He retired 11 years ago and since then has become a Trustee of several charities.
As a Trustee, he chairs the Board of our Trading Company and is a member of our Finance and Audit Committee.

Deborah PepperDeborah Pepper

Deborah has been a YMCA Trustee for several years. She has a background in education and human resources and is a member of our People and Participation Committee.
Deborah is also a school governor and currently works with the Church of England, for the Education Department of the Diocese of Guildford.

Andy WilsonAndy Wilson

Andy has been a Trustee of YMCA since 2008. He has a background in youth work and counselling and has trained and practised as an architect.
Andy is no stranger to the life of YMCA having been Chief Executive to City YMCA for 10 years. He was also Chief Executive of Sutton CVS giving him a usefully wide view of the voluntary sector and its relationship with statutory partners.  He is now retired and working in a voluntary capacity with various not-for-profit organisations.

James ListerJames Lister

James, who has been a YMCA Trustee since 2012, carries on the legacy of his Grandfather who was an active Board member during the early days of YMCA Guildford.
Currently working as a solicitor at Charles Russell in Guildford, James specialises in Trust and Charity matters.  As a Trustee, he is our ‘champion’ for quality in the organisation and supports the work of our Head of Quality, Compliance and Participation.

Richard NerurkarRichard Nerurkar

Richard joined the YMCA DLG Board in September 2014.
Richard has a background in sport and event management. As an athlete he competed on the British athletics team in the 1990s after which he worked in Ethiopia for ten years, setting up a series of mass-participation running competitions.  He now runs a Brighton-based specialist travel company selling tours to Ethiopia.