Ceri Davies-Tyrie – Chair – I have a background in research and social action as well as previous experience of boards having been a trustee and then Chair of B+H CW over a period of 7 years. In my day job I’m a Research Director at NatCen.
I had known about Nightstop for a few years before applying to join their board – and always been impressed by the impact and necessity of such a simple idea – expertly supported and executed and built on the spirit, understanding and commitment of people willing to open their homes to a person in need, one night at a time.
It’s my privilege to make a contribution to this work and I am a proud advocate of Nightstop. As the chair, I’m passionate about building our activities sustainably into the future and making sure we keep meeting the needs of those who volunteer for and those who use our service. I am, as my fellow board members will tell you, equally passionate about good governance – making sure we have the resources, information and leadership we need to support Nighstops’ vital and important contribution to tackling homelessness.
John O’Sullivan Finance Director – I have been a trustee since 2012 and have hopefully brought my experience as a NHS finance director to strengthen the finances of Sussex Nightstop. The growth we have seen over the last ten years unfortunately shows how necessary we are in providing a safe place for people to sleep and we couldn’t do this without hosts who are able to offer up their spare rooms. When I hear people’s stories it makes me realise how quickly their circumstances can change and how much they value a safe place to sleep when they need it.
Philippa Thompson – I am Chief Executive of Sussex Oakleaf Housing Association which supports people aged 14 and up with mental health issues and housing in West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. Before this, I was Chief Executive of a disabled peoples’ user led organisation and I have a real interest in person-centred, collaborative support to enable people to bring down barriers and to live their lives to the fullest. As a trustee at Sussex Nightstop, my role is to provide expert support to the team around quality standards, systems, planning and processes to help the community response to homelessness grow even bigger and better. I love being able to use my organisational design and development skills to help make a positive difference.
Peter Wileman – I have been a Nightstop Board member for six years, and was a host for two years prior to this. I am the safeguarding lead for the board.
For the last 15 years I have worked in Community Safety for Brighton and Hove City Council and am currently the Safer Communities Manager for anti-social behaviour, hate crime and exploitation.
Prior to working in local government I worked in a range of roles addressing substance misuse and rough sleeping, including being the Regional Manager of The Big Issue for three years.
Chris Storey – After working locally in social care and housing I joined Sussex Nightstop in 2017 as a volunteer community fundraiser and the board of trustees a year later. I was impressed by the community spirit the organisation reflected; local people using their own resources “to just do something”. I love the cleverness of Nightstop’s homestay offer and how the kindness of strangers can be so profoundly helpful to someone in temporary crisis. Since joining the board I’ve been privileged to see the depth of values being practiced daily by volunteers and our small staff team alike. Its uplifting to be part of something so effective and to share in meeting the challenges of its growth and development.