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The Board

Our Board of Trustees, have a collective interest in the work we do and use their experience to help direct our work and to achieve our aims. They provide the strategic guidance we need to ensure that our Association is running well and is doing what it should.

Oliver Charles, Chair of Trustees

Oliver has been associated with the YMCA Movement for a number of years and has been a trustee at the YMCAs in Leicester and Derby and served a term as a National Board member before joining ourselves in 2009. Oliver runs his own solicitors practice, lectures in forensic accounting and is a keen and professional photographer. Oliver’s involvement in the YMCA has brought experience of a wide variety of activities including, social housing, sports and fitness programmes, and a range of activity programmes for children and young people.

Jonathan Grant, Trustee

Jonathan joined the Board in the early part of 2010 when he was working for the Bank of England as a Risk Manager.  He is a Chartered Certified Accountant, has a Bachelors degree in Law and Finance and is currently completing a Masters in International Economic Law and Development. He has over ten years experience working in COO, risk management, and project roles at The Bank of England, HSBC, and UBS. He has been a Trustee of the Coventry & Warwickshire YMCA since 2010, and Vice Chair since 2013.

Anne Linsey, Trustee

Anne has been involved with the YMCA for over 30 years and joined the Board in 2015. She was a staff member at YMCA Training from 1981 and the CEO of YMCA Training from 1994 to July 2014. Anne remains involved with the YMCA in a voluntary capacity as a Trustee of Coventry and Warwickshire YMCA, a Trustee of the National Council of YMCAs in England and a Director of the YMCA Pension Trustee Plan. She is also a member of a YMCA Europe Resource team working to strengthen YMCA national movements in Europe. Anne is currently a volunteer with Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire and South Northants.  In the past Anne served as a Primary School Governor, a member of the local Parochial Church Council and has held a number of other voluntary and public appointments during her career including being a board member of ERSA (the Employment Related Services Association) and serving on the Northamptonshire Learning and Skills Council for six years. She has also contributed to numerous working and advisory groups in the employment and skills sectors.

David  McKernan, Trustee

David joined the board in the autumn of 2016. He brings with him both personal experience of the many obstacles facing today’s young people and over 5 years’ experience within the voluntary sector. Before joining the board, David was a senior manager for a project that provided warmth, food, and shelter to disadvantaged people from the Coventry area over the Christmas period.

David has a keen interest in empowering young people to achieve and enabling them to realise their full potential, irrespective of background or circumstance. He joined the board looking for the opportunity to help serve the wider community of Coventry and Warwickshire and believes that his role as a Trustee will allow him to better see the transformation that the work of the YMCA brings about in young people’s lives. David is currently completing his BA in Business Management at Coventry University and will graduate in 2017.

Bill Parkinson, Trustee

Bill joined the Board in the spring of 2010. After being born and brought up in a Durham mining town Bill came to Coventry to train as a teacher and on completing his teacher training he worked in Coventry primary schools for over forty years. During his career he held a variety of posts which culminated in being a head teacher. Working with children, giving them opportunities and the confidence to learn and develop academic, social and life skills was a rewarding privilege. On his retirement Bill became a School Governor, a hospital volunteer and began his involvement with the YMCA as a trustee. Being a Trustee has allowed him to see the transforming influence the organization can have on the lives of young people who often have little other support.

Anne Woodley, Trustee

Anne joined the Board in the spring of 2010. Anne has worked with the public sector, including residential care for young people. She has delivered administration of work with children and young people both through working within local schools and also working with the early years team at Warwickshire County Council with experience of special needs, safeguarding, fostering, and the mechanisms to support vulnerable people.  Anne has experience of working with budgets, submitting grant bids, liaising with people at all levels and is an active member of her local church.

We are currently looking for more people to join our Board of Trustees. So if you feel that you could use your skills and experience to support our work please do get in touch. We would really like to hear from you.

For more information about the role, download an information pack. If you would like an informal conversation to explore the role and expectations, please email Andy Winter, our Chief Executive andy.winter@ymca-cw.org.uk or call 024 76 995205.