Our Trustees


Robert Gentles

In 2007 I started working in an organisation in Community Base and have seen up close what it can do from the inside. I have worked in the public, private and voluntary sector, now a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

In these days of hollowed out public services a strong third sector has never been so important. As a trustee I am privileged to help the fabulous Olivia Canham and her wonderful team contribute to the City through the work of Community Base and it’s inhabitants.


Athol Hallé

Athol Hallé is the Chief Executive of the Trust for Developing Communities, a community development and youth work charity that tackles inequality in Brighton and which is very happy to call Community Base our home.

Prior to joining TDC in 2017, he was the Chief Executive of homelessness charity Groundswell for over 10 years, with previous stints at Cardboard Citizens, Amnesty International UK and various support worker roles.


Carol Hounsell

I love Brighton and the people that live here, our creative city is unique in so many ways.  Brighton attracts innovative people with a social awareness, and many of those individuals find a home at Community Base.

As an Information Specialist and a woman of colour, I work across the public sector to address (health) inequalities.  I also work with individuals from diverse backgrounds & organisations to close the digital skills gap and improve representation within the tech world.


Sandie Meredith

I was born in Brighton, went to school locally and studied at the University of Sussex.  I worked at the University of Brighton as Researcher/ Lecturer for many years in the area of organisational/technology innovation management.

Since retiring I have been volunteering at Hollingdean Community Centre, and was invited to become Trustee at Community Base. I feel that Community Base is a unique and special organisation. Knowing all the good work that goes on, I was pleased to accept. I find it very rewarding and keeps me in touch with the life of Brighton.


Paul Evans

Chair of Trustees.