Our Trustees

Fran Beckett: Chair

Fran is a Hove based experienced CEO and Board Chair including large national voluntary and housing organisations, Government advisory groups, London and Borough-wide organisations, and grass-roots community organisations and churches. Currently providing charity consultancy, governance development, and leadership mentoring as an independent consultant. Fran is passionate about the practical empowerment of people and communities, especially those on the margins.

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Ingrid Beatty: Vice Chair

Ingrid has been a Trustee since late 2013 and chairs the People & Participation Committee. Although Ingrid initially trained as a chartered accountant, she is now firmly established in the field of human resources, currently with KPMG as Head of People for KPMG South Africa.

John Holstrom

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.

Andy Wison

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 and is now working in the travel industry. As an athlete he competed on the British athletics team in the 1990s and competed at two Olympic Games. He then worked in Ethiopia for ten years, setting up a series of mass-participation running competitions. Since his return to the UK, he has switched his focus to travel selling running and cycling tours to international travellers, working closely with colleagues on the ground in Ethiopia.

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David George

Formerly Chair of Eastbourne and Wealden YMCA, David became a trustee of YMCA DLG following merger. Previously David was Chair of Charles Jewell Trust (“Charlies”) a charity founded in 1958 to provide youth club facilities and other activities for children and young people in Eastbourne. David’s late father was a founding trustee and David joined Charlies’ board in the early 1980’s. Professionally David is a solicitor and an upper court advocate in civil proceedings. Having formerly practised as a Family Law accredited specialist, now in semi-retirement, David offers consultancy services to Barwells Solicitors in East Sussex, where until recently he was senior partner. David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce.

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Andrew Taylor

Andrew has nearly 30 years’ experience in social housing. From 2008 to 2016 he was Chief Executive of Sutton Housing Partnership, where he oversaw the transformation in performance, increasing resident satisfaction and led the delivery of major stock investment.

Since 2016, Andrew has operated as a consultant and held a number of interim leadership roles. He is happy to work in challenging environments, bringing stakeholders and organisations together to achieve strategic goals. This includes overseeing Kensington and Chelsea TMO’s engagement with the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and police investigation.

Mike Gercke

Mike Gercke

Mike was appointed a Trustee in 2019. He is a chartered accountant and was a partner at PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) specialising in Restructuring & Insolvency, until retiring in 2008. Since then he has been on the board of a number of charities notably including The Children’s Trust as Vice Chair and Hon Treasurer. Most of the charities with which Mike is involved are concerned with children & young people.

Michael Chawatama

As a trained mental health nurse, Michael spent the early part of his career working with children and adolescents on young people’s wards. Following this Michael moved onto managing Community CAMHS clinics across East Surrey where he worked closely with the local YMCA. Michael was also involved in leading on behalf of the local CCG, an emotional behavioural transformation project across West Surrey. After spending several years working as Head of Clinical Services in various private sector mental health organisations, he moved onto his current operational management role at Sunrise Senior Living.

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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.


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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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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