Chair, Jon Rowe
I spent the majority of my working life in the financial services sector. In 2015 I sold my businesses and was involved in pioneering Springs Church in Gornal a non-denominational evangelical Christian church of which I am one of the senior pastors and leaders.
I originally joined the board of YMCA Wolverhampton with a desire to see the Christian ethos of the association fully embedded in all its activities. Having served for some time I hope I bring a good working knowledge of the YMCA linked with business acumen and spiritual insight to the board.
I am a Christian, married with three children. I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. I joined the YMCA BC because I wanted to help them in the good work that they do. I hope that I bring compassion, technical knowledge and corporate experience to the YMCA BC.
After working in the engineering sector I retired ten years ago. During this time I was involved in young people and youth work both locally and nationally. I became actively involved with First Base Walsall and was instrumental in the transfer of the charity to the YMCA BCG and subsequently joined the board of trustees.
I became CEO at CHADD, (a charitable housing association providing supported housing & community outreach for people in Dudley), in 2015. I have a 23-year career working in social action, housing, health and community services. I believe that Christian based social action has a unique & powerful offer to change people’s lives. Hence why I joined YMCA BC!
I worked as a social worker and then a senior local authority manager in children’s care services. I had gained a range of skills in management and leadership and looked for settings that would be new to me but where my skills could be transferable.
A Senior Investment Manager at Resonance (social impact investment company, supporting social enterprises and charities to access the capital they need to grow, from investors that share their social mission). Managing West Midlands based social investment fund, which is working to tackle poverty and disadvantage across the region through making investment more accessible for local, impact-led organisations.
I retired in 2007 having spent 44 years in the accountancy profession. At my local church I was a youth leader for 8 years where I also managed youth and adult football teams which played in the West Midlands Christian League. I hoped that my experience in commerce and youth work might be of benefit to YMCA.