Meet the trustees

Our 14 trustees come from all walks of life. What they have in common is a desire to help us in whichever way they can to bring together Sussex donors with the communities they wish to support. You can read more about them below. The current Chairman is Keith Hollis. 

Keith Hollis – Chairman

Keith has lived and worked within the legal world for 45 years. Shortly after qualifying as a solicitor, he established his own practice in South London. He was subsequently appointed as a judge and sat in Kent and Sussex for over twenty years, retiring as a Circuit Judge in 2013 to work as a mediator and judicial trainer. For many years, he has run judicial training programmes in different parts of the Commonwealth. His professional interests have chiefly been in environmental and housing law. He is married to Mariana, a landscape architect and lecturer, with two grown-up children. He enjoys hill walking and music (both singing and playing the piano and bassoon). He has been a governor of a local primary school and has chaired New Sussex Opera. He is also a trustee of the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust.

Consuelo Brooke

Consuelo joined SG Warburg after graduating with an honours degree in Politics, Economics and International Relations from Southampton University. She spent over forty years as a manager in US and European specialist equity portfolios for major institutions in the UK, the US and intergovernmental organisations. Between 2002 and 2010, she was a non-executive director and chair of the audit and remuneration committees of several listed companies. She served as Treasurer and member of Council of University of Sussex (2002-2012). She was appointed a trustee of Sussex Community Foundation in 2012 and, in 2013, became a trustee of Global Heritage Foundation UK.


Maggie Burgess

Maggie Burgess grew up in Canada and trained as a nurse. She qualified as an open-heart intensive care nurse and spent several years working in Saudi Arabia, organising trips to Nepal in her spare time.She founded Promise Nepal, a charity aimed at helping to provide medicine, education and rehabilitation for those affected by leprosy. Maggie studied at Brunel University London and is a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Royal Anthropological Institute. In recognition of her outstanding services to international communities, she has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences from Brunel University in 2009.

Rodney Buse

Rodney has been a trustee of many charities spanning four decades. Initially, he was Chair of ActionAid and also chaired the Executive of the Industrial Society. Rodney’s interests grew in all forms of people and community development. Having qualified as an accountant with an MBA and running a number of businesses, he took the unusual step of becoming Group Personnel Director of the W H Smith Group. before retiring early to focus his time on the voluntary sector. A ten-year engagement with Community Land Trusts has provided valuable experience. as he now chairs the Heart of Hastings CLT amongst a number of other voluntary roles.

Julia Carrette

Julia Carrette is Chief Officer of Voluntary Action Worthing and has worked in the voluntary sector since 1981, following 12 years in the private sector. After working in East London in the 1980s, developing community businesses as a response to high unemployment in an area of severe deprivation, Julia worked for eleven years as a Community Relations Officer in Hampshire. This work involved undertaking complainant aid, BAME community development, multi-agency policy development, training and public education. Since then, Julia has worked for charities managing contracts and projects dealing with ex-offenders, young people at-risk and children, as well as running a number of grants programmes and being a trustee of other charities. 

Charles Drayson

Charles Drayson was born in Chichester and has lived in Sussex for most of his life. Educated at Marlborough College, his career started in copper mining but he moved into the perfume industry in 1970. Working initially for French perfumery company, Robertet et Cie of Grasse, he moved to industry leader Firmenich in 1984 to head their UK perfumery and flavour operations. His career involved extensive travel throughout the world and a stint living in New York from 1999. Charles and his wife Rosie retired back to Sussex in 2005 and he was appointed as a magistrate on the West Sussex bench the following year.  His other interests are skiing, golf, engineering and – especially – friends.

Colin Field

Colin was born in London and educated on the Isle of Wight but has made Sussex his home for over 40 years. His career has spanned directorships of both publicly quoted and private companies, most notably his own family business, which he currently chairs. A keen advocate of voluntary service, he has chaired a number of Sussex based charities, including the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, West Sussex Scouts and West Sussex Army Benevolent Fund. He is a former National Treasurer of Cruse Bereavement Care. Colin served as High Sheriff of West Sussex in 2007/8 and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2014.

Jonica Fox

Jonica Fox was Chairman of Wealden District Council, after having been a councillor since 1999. She had a successful commercial career in national newspapers and advertising before setting up two family-owned vineyards in East Sussex producing Rose English Sparkling Wine. She has also been very active in the voluntary sector and is a member of National Trust Council. 

Nikki Glover

Nikki Glover grew up in Sussex.  She worked in London in the advertising industry for seven years before returning in 1989 to get married.  She is a Trustee of the Albert Van den Bergh Charitable Trust.  Together with freelance book-keeping for various local businesses, she has also been involved with voluntary and charitable work within Sussex.  She has two grown up children and her hobbies include tennis, exercise, gardening and reading.

Michael Martin

Michael spent 26 years growing a private risk consultancy, specialising in political, integrity and security risks which enabled its clients to succeed in complex or hostile business environments. It had some 20 offices around the world when he stepped down as the Group Finance Director. He is the treasurer of two other charities: Cruse Bereavement Care – West Sussex and The Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Charitable Trust.

Denise Patterson DL

Denise Patterson began a career as a literary agent in London, representing writers as diverse as John Osborne and Richard Adams. Her husband is novelist Harry Patterson (aka thriller writer Jack Higgins). A move to the Channel Islands prompted a second career as a newsreader and presenter. She is a trustee of Chichester Festivities and on the Board of Chichester Festival Theatre. She is also a Trustee of the Chichester Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust. A patron of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Bognor CAN, she has joined the St Wilfrid’s Campaign Committee for a new hospice, is an Ambassador for Girlguiding and supports and fundraises actively for many groups, latterly Safe In Sussex, the domestic abuse charity in Worthing. She helped set up the Sussex Community Foundation with the Duke of Richmond and Gordon. She was High Sheriff of West Sussex in 2015/16 and is now a Deputy Lieutenant for the county. She has a private pilot’s licence, enjoys theatre, film and reading, advanced scuba diving and long walks on the beach at Aldwick Bay.

Richard Pearson

Richard is an economist. He became a trustee of Sussex Community Foundation in 2008, chairs the Audit Committee and established the Lewes Fund. He is also on the board of Sussex Oakleaf, a mental health charity, and the Employablity Forum, a refugee charity. Previous roles include Director of the Institute for Employment Studies; a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body, advising on the salaries of the judiciary, senior armed forces and Parliament; a board member of Sussex Downs College; and as a Professor at Sussex and Leicester universities.

Humphrey Price

Over the past 30 years, Humphrey has been finance director of a number of listed commercial property companies. Now semi-retired, he remains a non-executive director of two based in London and in Germany. He has lived in Sussex for the last 50 years and is a reluctant gardener and an enthusiastic follower of sport of most kinds.

Mike Simpkin

A career in the RAF Administration Branch led Mike, on early retirement, to being Bursar at Eastbourne College and then CEO of Christ’s Hospital Foundation for ten years, providing funds to educate disadvantaged pupils in its school. Mike joined the Academy brokering team in the DFE before a spell with Free Schools. Mike is a trustee of other charities, a City of London Freeman and Liveryman. Now a recruitment consultant, he places ex-Forces senior executives into a several sectors.

Pamela Stiles

Pamela Stiles has lived in East Brighton for 38 years and is a mother of four grown-up children. She is a graduate of Birmingham and Oxford Universities and has taught in schools in both the UK and New Zealand.  She worked in Parliament for seven years before becoming a Councillor, representing Woodingdean for 11 years on Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Councils. Pamela has been on the committees of many local charities and, at present, she is a trustee of Brighton and Hove Music Trust and Chairman of Gorham’s Gift Trust. Pamela has been a Brighton magistrate since 1989.

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