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Management team

Alan Fraser, Chief Executive

Alan Fraser was raised and educated in the Handsworth area of Birmingham. After studying History and Philosophy at Leeds University he returned to Birmingham where he has lived ever since. He has worked in and around the fields of housing and homelessness for 25 years, the last 16 of which have been as a chief executive within the YMCA federation. Since October 2005 he has been chief executive of YMCA Birmingham. In 2015 and 2016 YMCA Birmingham was runner-up in the YMCA of the Year competition. In April 2018 he also became chief executive of YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire.

Alan is regular commentator on social housing issues and has written articles that have appeared in The Guardian, Inside Housing, 24Housing, The Local Government Chronicle and Municipal Journal amongst others. He blogs at http://ymcabirmingham.org.uk/blog/. Alan is also an ordained Anglican priest, an award-winning playwright, an aspiring novelist, a failed rock star, a husband, and a father to two boys.

Francis Healy, Director of Housing

Fran has worked in social housing for over 35 years in both Local Authorities and Housing Associations. Fran is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is passionate about the quality provision of social housing and particularly in working to address homelessness in all its forms and social injustice. Fran is married, lives in Birmingham and is a long suffering Birmingham City season ticket holder.

Jennie Evans, Director of Communications

Jennie has over 20 years of Marketing experience and has previously worked at Rolls-Royce plc, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and the British Red Cross to name a few. Jennie’s role spans all of the Communications activity including website, press, social media, campaigns and internal communications and her time is split between YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire and YMCA Birmingham. She sees one of the biggest challenges as trying to get people’s understanding of YMCA locally and the work we do, to match their recognition of our name from THAT song!

Jennie is married with two children and loves nothing more than travelling to a new part of the world.

Lisa Carroll, Director of Youth Work and Fundraising

Lisa is a charity professional with over 12 years’ experience working for homelessness and youth sector. Working closely with key strategic partners, Lisa and her team deliver high-quality, relevant and sustainable services to young people across Coventry. Lisa manages relationships with a host of partners, nationally and locally, to support fundraising and Corporate Social Responsibility campaigns. She also oversees training provision across YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire and is developing income generation models to support future youth work provision.

Lisa is married with three school-age children. She is a trustee at Voluntary Action Coventry and Chair of the school PTA. In a previous career she was a regional Press Photographer and has photographed Bryan Adams, Yoko Ono and Tony Blair.