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John has been the Chief Executive of Turning Tides since July 2013. This follows nearly 30 years working in the homelessness sector at Brighton Housing Trust where he was Assistant Chief Executive. John originally trained in theology with plans to be ordained. When he started working with homelessness his vocation shifted to meeting the housing and support needs of men and women who are socially excluded. Over the years he specialised in private rented sector access/leasing, legal/housing advice, campaigning, supported housing developments, IT and asset management. His vocation remains undiminished and his current role allows him to bring together his Christian roots with his commitment to social justice. A dream job! John is a big believer in partnership working and collaboration. He is a founder member and current chair of the South East Homelessness Forum, a Trustee of YMCA Downs Link Group and a Governor of Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust. Music is a big part of John’s life (which included spending 2 years in his early years in Brighton working as a professional musician in various blues oriented bands). He is a 4th Dan in Ki Aikido.

Since qualifying as an accountant I’ve worked in Financial Services moving from HBOS (Cheshire) to HSBC (London) before returning to West Sussex. Working for Turning Tides has meant building on core finance skills to learn about such areas as multi-site IT provision, property management and operational performance reporting. My objective at Turning Tides is ensure the efficient delivery of core services so that our project staff and management team can deliver effective services to our clients.

I have lived in the Worthing area for the last 50 years and have seven children. My interests include cycling and kayaking(British Canoe Union Coach). I have worked in the homeless field for the past 15 years including previously working for CRI and Stonham Housing Association and previously in a role with Turning Tides set up Manor Road, Stepping Stones Project. Working for Turning Tides gives me autonomy to develop and grow service in line with clients and local communities needs. I originally moved into a social care field of work through interests developed in voluntary roles coaching young people. I am currently the Registered Care Manager of the Recovery Project with a First Class Honours degree in Substance Misuse Management from Kent University.
I joined Turning Tides in September 2016. As the Homelessness Services Manager, my role oversees Turning Tides Community Hubs and Homeless support in Worthing, Littlehampton and Horsham, as well as specialist support services such as Mental Health, Financial Inclusion and Client Involvement. I have worked a number years within the voluntary sector including managing young people outreach services, ex offender and complex need hostels in London. My last position was as a CQC registered Manager for Mental Health Services in Brighton. I am passionate and committed to offering a community solution to homelessness through the delivery of services we offer at Turning Tides.

Sarah joined Turning Tides in February 2018. She grew up in Derbyshire before moving to Brighton 23 years ago. She has spent her career in HR, starting with Hilton hotels where she spent a number of years working across properties in Sussex. Sarah then spent 8 years with a large accountancy practice managing their HR function across the south. Sarah joined Turning Tides from Victim Support where she recruited and trained volunteers across Sussex.



Following my degree from Manchester, I worked for around 35 years in Human Resources. I initially worked for Kimberly Clark and then for 23 years with GlaxoSmithKline. It was GSK that brought me to the Worthing area in 1990 as I was head of HR for the Worthing factory although I then went on to work in a number of international HR roles. I was a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I have recently semi-retired and, apart from rediscovering the joys of West Sussex, I am also keen to support Turning Tides given the excellent work the charity carries out. I am married with two grown up daughters.


I am Sussex born and bred. I qualified in medicine at Guy’s Hospital in 1971 and took up a post at Worthing and Southlands Hospitals in 1979. In 1985 I became the first Medical director to the trust. I am a Christian worshipping as a Baptist serving in various roles in my church. I became a trustee for Turning Tides in 2010 and took on the chairmanship in 2013. I sing in a choir and love opera and my three grandchildren as well as the rest of my family.

Matthew grew up in Worthing and attended local schools before studying for a degree in Mathematics and Geological Sciences at The University of Leeds. He then trained as a Chartered Accountant with Baker Tilly in Yorkshire, qualifying in 1993 and moved back down to Worthing in 1996 to join the family firm of Chartered Accountants. Matthew has been a School Governor and Chair of School Governors for nearly 10 years before stepping down in 2011. He was co-opted to the Board of Trustees on Monday 22 November 2010. Matthew has supported Turning Tides for a number of years on the Finance Committee, more recently as Chair of the Finance Committee.

I grew up in Hove studied History and a Geography at Southampton University before qualifying as a social worker in 1974. I worked for East Sussex Social Services for 19 years specialising mainly in work with families and young people. I then became CEO of Hove YMCA extending the work across Sussex and parts of Surrey as YMCA DownsLink Group retiring in 2015. I am a member of Bishop Hannington Church in Hove and enjoy walking local history and family time.Content of the second column.


I have lived in Worthing for 35 years and am married with two children and two grandchildren.I qualified as a barrister and have been working as Legal Counsel for a number of household name companies, mainly in London. In my spare time, apart from spending time with my family, I enjoy running and have completed a number of marathons and half marathons. I also enjoy the theatre, cooking and mountain walking.

I have lived in Sussex for most of my life and for the last twenty years on the foot of the South Downs just outside Worthing. I have been a Housing professional for over 25 years working in both Housing Associations and Local Government. In the nineties I joined Worthing Borough Council’s housing department and then moved onto Worthing Homes working in a number of roles. From 2004 I was the Housing Director responsible for delivering customer services to all our customers who lived in a range of tenures, enabling them to maximise their life chances. I have a passion for housing and working with people in need to develop their potential to improve their own circumstances. Over the years working in Worthing I have seen Turning Tides grow and develop vital services for homeless people and I am keen to be able to contribute to that work. I am now working as an independent consultant.

Duncan worked in the Leisure industry for 29 years across the South East. He started as a Lifeguard and worked his way to become CEO of South Downs Leisure. Also, been involved in the building of three new leisure centres in Southampton and Worthing. Duncan had a scholarship to Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia in 2000 working at the Commonwealth Games Complex and worked as an advisor for a company called Right Directions helping other Leisure organisations become more efficient. He is on the Board for Education and Training with CIMSPA which is the Chartered Institute for Sport and Physical Activity, has been a Scout Leader in Rustington for the last 15 years. He is the Event Director with Worthing parkrun, founder member of Goodgym Worthing and Arena Manager and organiser of Three Forts Marathon. In his spare time he enjoys running, especially parkruns, walking and bike rides.


I was born in Glasgow, grew up in Stoke on Trent, and studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Aston in Birmingham before moving to Worthing in 1982. I worked for GlaxoSmithKline for 33 years, and was on the Worthing site leadership team for around 20 years. Since 2015, I have been working as an independent leadership consultant/ trainer. I am very keen to do whatever I can to help the homeless in the area, and for the last few years I have been a volunteer at St Clare's drop in centre and at Byron Road hostel. As a trustee, I am very pleased to now be able further support Turning Tides in the vital services that the charity provides. I am married with two grown up children, and in my spare time I enjoy watching and playing sport, walking with our dog, cooking and gardening.