John 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.

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Ingrid 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.

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Pete 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.

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John Holmstrom

John has been the Chief Executive of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects since 2013. This followed 30 years working in the homelessness sector. John originally trained in theology with plans to be ordained but when he started working with homelessness, his vocation shifted to meeting the housing and support needs of those who are socially excluded. Through his career, John has worked closely with YMCA and maintained an interest in young homelessness. He became a Trustee of YMCA DLG in 2017. John is also chair of the South-East Homelessness Forum and a governor of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


Deborah Pepper

Deborah has been a YMCA trustee since 2009. She has a background in education and works for the Education Department of Guildford Diocese advising on academy policy.  She is also a school governor and churchwarden. Deborah is a member of the People and Participation Committee and takes a particular interest in YMCA DLG’s chaplaincy service.

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Andy 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 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 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.

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Caroline Stearman

Caroline joined as a Trustee in 2017. She is an independent consultant working in organisation and leadership development, with clients in both the private and charitable sector. Prior to self-employment Caroline worked in a range of organisations: Esso, Tearfund, Amnesty International, English Heritage and Roffey Park. She has served as a trustee on the board of Radstock, an international Christian network and has been a volunteer youth mentor in Surrey.


Robert Wilkinson

Rob joined as a trustee of YMCA DLG in February 2017. He trained as an accountant with Price Waterhouse and has served in senior financial management positions in a variety of industries for over 25 years. He has been finance director of a Lloyd’s insurance broking group since 2002, where his current role incorporates operational and cultural change management. He is a member of the Inclusion@Lloyd’s Committee which promotes diversity across the London insurance market.


Simon Braid

Simon is a chartered accountant who was an audit partner at KPMG where he led KPMG’s social housing and charity practices for over ten years. Since leaving Simon has advised YMCA DLG on finance matters and became a trustee in February 2018. He chairs the Finance and Business Planning Committee. He is an experienced Non-Executive Director having chaired the Audit Committee of Circle Housing (now part of the Clarion Group) and also chairs mhs Homes, a social housing provider in the Medway towns. Simon is Associate Vicar at St.John’s Church, Hildenborough, a Church of England parish in West Kent.

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David George

Formerly chair of Eastbourne & Wealden YMCA, David became a Trustee of YMCA DLG following a merger of the two YMCAs. Previously David was the Chair of Charles Jewell Trust (“Charlies”), a charitable organisation established in 1958 to provide youth club facilities in Eastbourne. David’s late father was a founder and life trustee of the charity. Professionally, David is a Solicitor-Advocate and Senior Partner of an East Sussex law firm. Since 2015 he has been the firm’s compliance officer for Legal Services, Data Protection Officer and Training Partner. Previously, he was a practising Family Law accredited specialist and court advocate dealing with a variety of domestic and child cases.