Our Board Members

Peter Field – Chairman

A Chpeterfieldartered Surveyor by profession, Peter has always used his skills to support and help homeless people, notably he helped in the introduction of the Foyer Federation to the UK and in the development of several major Sussex Housing Associations, including Brighton Housing Trust and Southdown Housing Association.

Peter has served on the Board at Brighton YMCA since 1978.

Peter was appointed by The Queen to be Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex on the 19th August 2008, having served as Her Majesty’s Vice Lord Lieutenant from 2000.

A Magistrate for more than 20 years before becoming Lord Lieutenant, he also chaired the highly successful Brighton and Hove Business Community Partnership since its inception in 1994, and for many years served on the South East Leadership Team for the Prince of Wales’ charity Business in the Community (BITC) being appointed the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for the South East in 2003.

Joao Bocas

JoaobocasJoao is a Digital Health Entrepreneur and International Speaker. He is the CEO and Founder of Sports13 and has more than twenty years of experience in healthcare, financial services, media, sporting , Third and Public sector organisations. Joao is extremely passionate about sport, health and wellness.

He was nominated a Finalist of the Great British Entrepreneurs Awards 2015.

He lives in Brighton with his wife and two children, he practices an active lifestyle by entering fitness challenges and loves going to the gym regularly.


Peter Jukes OBE

peterjukesPeter joined the Admiralty in 1962 at the start of a 32 year career in Defence Logistics during which he saw service at sea, in Defence Bases abroad and throughout Britain in addition to Whitehall appointments. He was appointed OBE in the Gulf War Honours List, 1991, for his role as Operational Logistics Director for the Royal Navy.

He retired to Brighton in 1994 and from 1996 to 2012 enjoyed a second career in the Tribunal Service as a member of the Tribunal reviewing disability awards to Service personnel. He became a local magistrate in 1997, serving as Vice Chairman of the Central Sussex Bench for 3 years 2006-08 and Chairman in 2009 and 2010. He is a Trustee of Brighton & Hove Talking Newspapers and an active Rotarian, having been the Centenary President of the Rotary Club of Brighton, 2012/13.

He joined the Board of Brighton YMCA in 2013 and is taking particular interest in the needs of residents as a member of the Resident Services Advisory Group.

Brian Lucas

b-lucas-board-page-photoBrian’s involvement with Brighton YMCA originates back to 1947 when Brian was a member of the YMCA going on to become one of Brighton YMCA’s Board Members. Having sat on the Board for many years Brian has also served on both the South East Region of YMCA’s Executive Committee and the National Council of YMCA’s Executive Committee.

Brian has represented Brighton YMCA at both the Palace of Westminster and Buckingham Palace and he is a former recipient of  ‘The Order of the Red Triangle’ the YMCA’s highest honour.

Above all, Brian’s motivation for involvement with the YMCA over the years is to be able to serve others less fortunate.

Susan Trimingham

suetriminghamSue Trimingham is a former journalist who now runs a small public relations consultancy. She spent many years working in the NHS as a communications specialist.

Born in Brighton, she lives in Hove with her husband Adam and they both take a keen interest in the city.“The YMCA plays an important part in the life of Brighton and Hove, helping those who face many challenges. It is important that people know how vital this work is.”

Sue takes a particular interest in the developments the YMCA is planning in the coming years and in their communications with local people.

Sarah Johnston-Ellis

Sarah has recently relocated with her family to Sussex from New Zealand, where she was a committed and active participant in the volunteer sector.

As a passionate proponent of strategic governance, Sarah was keen to continue her involvement within the community with an organisation that is equally committed to the ongoing development of its people and its performance.

For the past ten years, Sarah has been involved in the governance of several not- for-profit organisations in New Zealand. This has allowed her to develop and hone her expertise in strategic planning and organisational development: valuable skills that will be well utilised as a member of the Board and the personnel sub-committee.

David Hancock