Our Trustees

The trustees of 3VA have ultimate responsibility for the charity, its assets and activities. Our current Board of Trustees includes:


Alan Wenham: Group Member via Eastbourne Rotary Club

Alan was born and raised in Eastbourne. A town planner by profession, he was the Head of Executive Office at East Sussex County Council from 1988 to 1991. Following that he moved to the North West to become Chief Executive of a local authority until 2006. Now retired, he has returned to live in Eastbourne. He was also Chairman of EAVS.







Clare Newby: Group Member via Citizens Advice Bureau
Clare has over 15 years’ experience working in local government and the NHS and has set up and managed several partnerships between the Statutory, NGO, Voluntary and Health sectors. She has managed 16 Service Level Agreements between the Local Health Board (PCT) and Voluntary Sector service providers. Clare has been a founding Trustee of a Development Education charity for 6 years and a secondary school Governor for 15 years, including 4 years as Chair and she worked as a “critical friend” approach, which she applies to 3VA. Clare has managed the work and set targets and goals of a Voluntary Sector Liaison Officer. Clare also was a volunteer with CAB, enjoys volunteering and feels deeply about inequalities, both globally and locally, and would like to use her knowledge in a pragmatic way to help support the third sector.


Malcolm Preece: Individual Member
Malcolm qualified as a chartered accountant 30 years ago, originally training and working in London, then moved to Eastbourne 25 years ago where he is now a partner in Price & Company. He has been involved in the charity and voluntary services sector throughout that time both professionally and also as the honorary treasurer for a couple of organisations, and holds a diploma in charity accounting.  Outside of work, interests include photography and music and he is actively involved in his local church. He is married with two children in their twenties.









Chris Strutt: Individual Member
Solicitor and partner with Mayo Wynne Baxter, formerly Mayo & Perkins. Joined the firm in 1982. Chris works at MWB’s Eastbourne office, concentrating now on residential conveyancing, but having covered most areas of contentious and non-contentious private client work in his legal career. He has a partner, Katie, and two sons. Many outside interests, in addition to 3VA trusteeship, include collecting fossils, listening to Americana music, playing the guitar, attending gigs, reading (mainly crime fiction) and following his beloved Brighton & Hove Albion.”



John Trainor: Group member via Age Concern Eastbourne
John Trainor has over 20 years' experience working in the voluntary sector both in East Sussex and London. During that time he has been the Chief Executive of three charities which have delivered information and advice, employment training, crime reduction & community safety support and health & wellbeing services. He is currently the Chief Executive of Age Concern Eastbourne.







Byron Stevens: Individual Member
Byron was born and raised in Eastbourne. He read Law at the University of Southampton before embarking on a career firstly in Property, then over the last 15 years in Banking and Finance. Byron’s most recent role was Director of Marketing at American Express, where he led the global team responsible for customer engagement strategy and delivery across 21 countries. Whilst previously supporting local charities on a voluntary basis in his spare time; Byron is now seeking to secure a permanent full-time position in the local voluntary and charitable sector.





Roger Simmons: Individual Member
Roger has Chaired voluntary Sporting and Early Education organisations for much of his 18 years involvement in this sector. He has a Masters in Business Administration supported by practical management experience in Retail, Manufacturing, Banking and Financial Services. The last 14 years has been spent with the County Council, managing capital programmes, providing strategic business advice and managing the Council's estate whilst Head of Property Strategy. Roger now provides leadership coaching to managers in the Early Education sector.






Dr Joerg Bruuns: Individual Member
Dr Bruuns is a GP in Eastbourne. After completing his training in Germany he has been working in the NHS for nearly 25 years and has been a Medical Manager for the past 10 years. His areas of expertise are Health economics and clinical Governance. Dr Brunns has a broad role on the Governing Body. He is a member of the East Sussex Better Together programme board and provides the clinical leadership for the primary care operational group which is delivering the CCG's primary care strategy. He is also the safeguarding lead for the CCG.