Sarah Johnston-Ellis – Chair of the Board

Sarah joined the Brighton YMCA Board in November 2013, and was elected as Chair in November 2020.

For almost 20 years Sarah has been involved in the governance of several nonprofit organisations in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Sarah is passionate about the pivotal role of strategic governance in creating and developing organisations that enable individuals and communities to feel empowered and supported to realise their personal ambitions.

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Watch Sarah’s introduction to National Inclusion Week below, or read the introduction here.

David Hancock – Vice Chair of the Board

David joined the Board in 1995 after moving to Brighton. Before retiring, David worked at a senior management level in an Inner London housing department. He has also been involved in the governance of a number of housing organisations including Brighton Housing Trust and Hyde Housing. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Housing.

Peter Jukes OBE

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

Dr Michael Rosenberg

I was born (1949), brought up and educated in Sussex. I am a retired consultant psychiatrist and worked in Brighton and Hove from 1981 until retirement. During my clinical years I was closely associated with YMCA Brighton and rapidly came to be in awe of the work they do with their client group.

I went on to hold senior Executive roles in what was then South Downs NHS Health Trust ending up as Chief Executive. I am married with three very successful adult children who are now providing us with the joy of grandchildren.

Mr Hugh McShane MRICS

A qualified Chartered Surveyor for more than 30 years, Hugh lives in Hurstpierpoint with his wife, Sarah and when he’s not playing ‘Dads’ football at Hurstpierpoint School to raise money for an orphanage charity in Malawi, he is a keen golfer and is more than happy to spend a day on the golf course.



Mr John Tarling

John Tarling joined the Board as a Director in November 2018. He was born in Brighton and went to school and has lived and worked in the City all his life. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1971 and was a Partner in the central Brighton Firm of Farrington & Whiting (later Farrington Webb) until 1996. He then became a Tribunal Judge and eventually became the Regional President of the Residential Property Tribunal for the South of England Region. He retired in 2016. His particular interests are in Freehold and Leasehold property management and Company administration. He joined the Rotary Club of Brighton in 1980 and was President of that Club in 1999. He follows in the footsteps of other Members of that Club who were involved with YMCA Brighton, namely William Collier, Fred Emery MBE and Leslie Best.