Staff Team and Trustees

Staff Team

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Jacob Bayliss - Chief Executive Officer
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Helen Bashford – Older LGBTQ Project Development Worker
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Vernon Collins - Trans and Non Binary Link Project Coordinator
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Jackie Engelberg - Grief Encounters Development Worker
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Ray Everall - LGBTQ Disabilities Project Assistant
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Sarah-Kye Faulkner – LGBTQ Disabilities Development Worker
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Raf Galdeano - LGBTQ Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)
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John Hammond - Operations and Development Manager
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Bertie Hodd - Communications and Engagement Assistant
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Scarlett Langdon – Communications and Engagement Officer
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Jack Mason – Rainbow Café coordinator
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Riley Morrell - Volunteer and Helpline Coordinator
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Lesley Whittal – Finance and Administration Officer
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Jane Woodhull - Health and Inclusion Project Engagement Officer
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Dawn Draper – Chair - She/Her

Dawn worked for national Citizens Advice for over 14 years as a senior manager providing support to the bureau network including Trustee Boards and senior management, covering issues from governance to change management and everything between. She was also the Co-Chair of Citizens Advices self-organised National Network LGBT group for many years.

Dawn has experience of being a volunteer in a number of roles; as volunteer advisor and supervisor at Citizens Advice, telephone advisor Domestic Violence helpline and volunteer and founder of Kent Lesbian Line.

She moved to Brighton 14 years ago and joined Switchboard in 2016 to support its ongoing work. Interests include arts and culture, keeping fit and reading.

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Simon Dowe - Vice 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.


Andrew - He/Him

Andrew has over 25 years of experience in the cultural, charity and education sectors and now has a portfolio of consultancy and philanthropy support activities through Jay Charity Consultancy Services.

He has a background in programme management and organisational development with experience and knowledge of grant making, fundraising and major donor relationship management means he is able to support organisations, companies and individuals with their philanthropic journey.

Andrew has worked for both large and small charities across the arts, grant making, disability, volunteering, youth development and environmental areas across the UK.


Angela - 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.

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Carla – She/her 

Carla is Research and Impact Lead for Mencap, a national charity working with people with a learning disability. She is an experienced research and impact specialist, passionate about the value that social research and evaluation can add to the third sector in influencing, campaigning and fundraising.

Carla has a background in research on sexuality and gender, and her PhD explored divisions of domestic labour and childcare amongst LGBTQ couples in England. Since then, she has worked on numerous research projects on disability, sexuality and gender – covering topics such as quality of life, employment, social care and sex education.

This is her first trustee role, and she is excited to support Switchboard and help maximise the positive impact the charity has for the LGBTQ community in Brighton.

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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. 


Kim Brown - She/Her

Kim is an operational manager at the Pensions Regulator. She co-chairs her company’s LGBT network and works with other organisations across the financial sector regulators to improve the inclusion of LGBT staff.

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 Brighton with her wife and is excited to join Switchboard; to increase her understanding of the challenges faced by small charities, to share her experience and to support Switchboard in reaching its goals.

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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.


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.