Simon Dowe - Chair - He/Him
Simon is a Chief Executive with over thirty years experience working for third sector organisations with a proven track record in fundraising and managing a wide range of complex programmes. An innovative leader with expertise in operations, finance, strategic planning, and sustainable organisational development. An ability to place and manage talent and build strong and lasting relationships internally and externally with stakeholders across a range of sectors.
In 2012 Simon moved to Hove from South Africa, he became a trustee for Switchboard in 2019 bringing with him extensive experience in shaping and changing organisations in challenging environments. Simon became chair at our AGM in December 2021
Angela Croucher - She/her
Angela is Head of Finance for Age UK West Sussex and is a qualified Company Secretary with nearly thirty years’ experience in the charity finance sector.
Her background ranges from large, international organisations such as Friends of the Earth and the Overseas Development Institute, to smaller charities with a strong local presence such as the Grace Eyre Foundation and The Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.
Her specialisms include good governance, building financial sustainability, production of accessible finance and management information and training for non-financial staff. She is committed to the Brighton & Hove third sector and lives in Hove with her partner and three children.
Emily Hatcher - they/them
Emily has over 10 years of professional and voluntary experience working with and for volunteer-led and volunteer-focused organisations. Emily has managed and delivered complex change projects in the charity sector that focus on long-term behaviour change, health and community engagement.
Emily is experienced at both programme management and delivery and has previously served as a trustee for London-based Switchboard the LGBT+ Helpline.
Emily now lives in Brighton with their partner and is excited to contribute to the fantastic work that Switchboard does for the community.
Helen Gavagan - She/her
Helen works at the Pensions Regulator (TPR) where she manages a team of supervisors, supervising the UK's largest workplace pension schemes. She is Co-Chair of TPR’s LGBT+ network and has led diversity and inclusion initiatives including the introduction of gender-neutral toilet facilities and changes to internal policies.
Having qualified as a Barrister in 2010, Helen has volunteered at the Free Representation Unit, National Centre for Domestic Violence and other free legal advice clinics. Helen has always been involved with LGBT+ networks and fundraising for LGBT+ charities.
Having moved to Brighton in 2017, Helen has settled here with her wife and cockapoo. She is passionate about supporting people in the local community and is looking forward to supporting the work of Switchboard.
Giancarlo Angelucci - He/Him
Giancarlo is an international development professional with over 10 years’ experience in supporting grassroots organisations. He is experienced in impact assessment, monitoring tools and the marketing of not for profit organisations. He is currently working at Comic Relief in the capacity of Evaluation and Learning manager.
Originally from Italy, after several years volunteering in Brazil, he moved on to complete a master’s degree in Human Rights and International development, which involved an internship at the Argentinian Human Rights Secretariat in Buenos Aires. After 10 years in the UK working in the charitable sector, he is very excited to take up his first role as a trustee and support the LGBT+ community in Brighton.
Jeffrey Howard - he/him
Jeff has lived and worked in the UK, Canada, Switzerland, and the Netherlands for international businesses including Swarovski and The Body Shop. His career spans multiple sectors and he has a unique blend of senior level commercial, HR and consulting experience. Jeff has led major performance transformation projects at The Body Shop, L’Oreal and Swarovski. His work focuses on optimising performance through culture, leadership and organisation effectiveness.
Jeff’s approach is differentiated by his strong commercial instinct, founded in early career experience as a retailer with full P&L accountability. He is currently Senior Vice President
Operations for Swarovski, where he leads the operational support for Swarovski’s philanthropic endeavours, the Swarovski Foundation and Swarovski Waterschool. Previously he held roles including Senior Vice President Global Human Resources for Swarovski Consumer Goods Business, Global Head of the Leadership Development and EMEA Director of Retail for The Body Shop.
Jeff has a specific affinity for values-based organisations and a track record of volunteering for Brighton based third sector organisations, advising on Strategy, HR and organisation development.
Kim Brown - She/Her
Kim is a pensions professional, with a career spanning the
private and public sector within the UK, Australia, and Ireland.
She currently manages a large commercial pension scheme and chair’s their pensions equality task force, looking to eradicate inequalities in the pensions system.
She is experienced at transformational change, organisational design, and strategy development and is interested in data analysis and brand identity. This is her first trustee role and she is keen to support Switchboard in determining where best to focus its efforts in order to provide maximum support to the LGBT community.
Kim lives in Hove with her wife and daughter and is our longest standing trustee.
Peter Brampton - He/Him
Peter is a Service Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust, with a background in developing sexual health services that meet the needs of LGBTQ+ people and people of colour. He was a Trustee at George House Trust for 3 years and the Sexual Health Lead at LGBT Foundation managing services across Greater Manchester.
He started at LGBT Foundation working on their Trans Programme, establishing safe and creative spaces for trans people to learn new skills and meet other members of the community, including a monthly takeover event in Manchester’s Gay Village attended by over 100 people. Peter is committed to LGBTQ+ people being consulted, counted and included in service development, having been a mentor at Albert Kennedy Trust and LGBT Foundation. He continues to volunteer with George House Trust alongside The Men’s Room, who support young men and trans people who are homeless, in the criminal justice system, and sex work.
Peter is excited to contribute to the growth of Switchboard and seeing Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ+ community flourish.