I’ve been a YMCA CEO in the Black Country since 2004, and still find myself in awe of the YMCAs global reach.
I’m passionate about faith-inspired social action, and the power of the third sector to impact local communities. I currently Chair Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, and have previous held trusteeships at local and national levels.
I was co-founder of the YMCA European Unify network and have led international Christian Mission initiatives on behalf of YMCA Europe and World YMCA.
Prior to YMCA I’ve run an industrial software consultancy, been a ‘pseudo-local government’ senior manager and founded a youth homeless charity.
Our Chief Executive together with the senior leadership team are responsible for bringing to life, the association’s vision and strategy.
Chief Operations Officer (Housing)
Prior to the YMCA I founded a youth homelessness project in the Wyre Forest, and gained front line experience of working with vulnerable young people who have been made homeless. It was here that my dedication to serving communities was ignited.
I’ve been a part of the YMCA family since 2007 and feel blessed every day to be part of such an amazing organisation. I believe that the work of the YMCA really does have the power to transform lives – and see this evidenced everyday through the dedication and hard work of our staff teams.
Chief Corporate Officer
I joined the YMCA in June 2009 having worked and qualified in the accountancy profession for over 20 years.
I feel truly blessed to be part of a such an inspirational organisation knowing that the work the Corporate Team does behind the scenes contributes in such a positive way to the lives of the people we serve, with our Christian Ethos and Values at the heart of everything we do.
Outside of work, I can normally be found on the touchline of a football pitch supporting my son on his grassroots journey. I’m also an FA Level 1 Qualified Football Coach too!
Senior Leadership Team
Lenny Allan Head of Housing
Ayola Beckford Communications and Community Relations Manager
Mel Braden Head of Nurseries and Quality
Blantina Chipangura Executive Head of HR & Ethos
Natalie Gilliland PA to the Chief Officers
Jim Gowman Group HSE and Technologies Manager
Phil Gray Christian Mission Coordinator
Louise Kumar Head of Learning and Skills
Jo Philips Group Finance Manager
Clare Roberts-Molloy Executive Operations Officer / Lead Bid and Tender Writer
Rachael Taylor Supported Lodgings Manager
Luke Tyler Head of Health and Wellbeing