We are pleased to introduce our new Chair Peter Gooch, who was elected by our members at our AGM on 27th October 2021. Peter is a qualified Youth & Community Worker and has previously run Surrey Association of Youth Clubs and Surrey Phab which he did for 13 years. Following that Peter was CEO of Phab England.

In recent years he has been the Chair of Sussex Connexions and more recently, has been mentoring young people in various settings. Peter has also been an Appropriate Adult going into custody suites when young people have been arrested if their parents either can’t or won’t attend themselves.

Peter is excited about being the Chairman of SCYP and looks forward to working with the Board and staff. 

andre benham – director

I joined Sussex Clubs for Young People as a Director 3 years ago after some great collaborative work with Chris Cook which made me really understand the value of what SCYP offers to its members, but more importantly to the communities of Sussex. 

I have worked in the charity/non-profit sector for about 7 years around NCS (National Citizen Service) in different roles, currently as Regional Performance Manager for EFL Trust overseeing the delivery of NCS in London, South West and South East. 

Prior to this I have managed some of the biggest Gastropubs sites in South East London for Young & Co Brewery, and graduated Coventry University where I studied LLB Law.

jackie cooper – VICE CHAIRMAN

My name is Jackie Cooper. I am currently Chairman for Burgess Hill Youth, a role I’ve held for four years. 

I have been associated with Sussex Clubs for Young People (formally Sussex Association of Boys Clubs) since the late 70’s. Before retiring in 2011, I worked as a youth and community worker for West Sussex County Council.

I have recently been elected as Vice Chairman for Sussex Clubs for Young People, I look forward to supporting our new Chairman Peter Gooch.

I am also a Director/Trustee with a charity based in Kenya, called `Harambee for Kenya’, which supports rehabilitated street boys by providing safe houses for them to call home plus the opportunity to go to school.

In my spare time I enjoy craft particularly sewing, reading and swimming.

Adam McHale- director

I am really excited to join the board of directors at Sussex Clubs for Young People, because I can see how valuable they are to our communities. I grew up in Heywood & Blackpool and was a regular attendee of my youth clubs there. I have been living in Sussex for over 15 years now and it feels like home.

 I am a Learning & Development Manager and am passionate about providing opportunities for people to learn and grow. Prior to that I was a hospitality manager for many years working in hotels, restaurants and theatres. I have always loved performing and spent some years working as an actor, particularly in Theatre-In-Education. 

Outside of my professional life I can be found socialising with friends, attempting to walk my Pug or searching for my next holiday!

Christina Fuentes-Tibbitt – director

I am a neuroscientist by training but have spent the past 10 years developing my career in community engagement via volunteer roles and as of 2013 my positions at the British Science Association. At the BSA I have managed local, regional and national projects aimed at engaging children and families. I also managed the BSA’s volunteer network of 38 regional branches, comprised of over 600 volunteers. I have since supported these groups in becoming autonomous, and my focus at the BSA is now on supporting community groups that work with underserved communities across the UK. I am passionate about community engagement and supporting underserved communities, particularly young people.

Sue robertson (shanks) – director

I was a youth worker and youth work manager for many years for several different local authorities from Devon to Cheshire and London. I then moved into teaching youth workers on university qualifying courses in Bristol and latterly Chichester. I am now a Brighton and Hove City Councillor (under my married name of Sue Shanks). 

I have been a Director of Sussex Clubs for Young People since 2006 and Chair for the last few years, but have recently made the decision to stand down as Chair, however I will be remaining on the board as a Director.


I’m really pleased to become a Director. As a child I would attend SCYP youth clubs and have seen first hand the important role the charity plays in local communities across Sussex. 

 I have spent my career working in FMCG organisations having held a number of roles in Commercial and Insights. One of the things I’ve enjoy most has been supporting the personal development of colleagues.

 On a personal level, I have two young children and I love spending time together as a family.

Are you passionate about working with young people? Do you have the skills that we need?

We are looking for new Directors to become part of the board for Sussex Clubs for Young People. We are a charity supporting over 130 youth groups and organisations across East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove. From guidance on policies and delivering youth activities, to providing subsidised programmes, to summer camps, to supplying youth workers for clubs and detached sessions in communities we know a lot about working with young people.

We are undertaking a programme of reviewing our services and need to develop the work we do to be more effective in the current climate for voluntary and community sector groups. We need Directors for our Charity who bring a range of business skills in finance, HR, marketing and legal expertise but who are passionate about young people and understand the difference that can be made in their lives through the work that we do.

Can you commit to 3 years of volunteering with us as a Director / Trustee as we go through a period of change and development?

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