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About Nottinghamshire YMCA

In 1871 a group of friends made it their mission set up a YMCA branch in Nottinghamshire and all these years later we are still here, still supporting the community and still growing!

We belong to a worldwide Christian Ecumenical movement that genuinely welcomes those of other faiths and none. We seek to share the Christian ideal of building a human community of justice where every one deserves the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

Our passions are youth development, healthy living and social responsibility which are encompassed by all of our many programmes.

Our Core Values are Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and these are the threads which run through everything we do.

Each YMCA branch is autonomous, but we are proud to be part of the movement nationally and internationally. Did you know the YMCA has 11,200 branches in 119 countries and reaches 58 million people every year.

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Our mission, based on Christian values, is to develop the mind, body and spirt of individuals, families and communities, and improve health and well-being for all

Read our 2015/16 annual report

Read our 2014/15 annual report

Our Trustees

Our trustees steer the work of the YMCA as it fulfils its mission. It is the trustees' responsibility to ensure that we are well run, solvent, compliant with the law and regulations of the Charity Commission and that we are fulfilling our charitable aims.

Len Simmonds President

Len has a wealth of experience gained at the Nottingham Post, the former Local Enterprise Tech and along with his involvement in local church and business networks.

Throughout his career Len has championed a number of issues that are important to our YMCA, including training and staff development, creating opportunities to improve leadership and management skills, and the importance of vibrant city centres to the community.

Len has also held the roles on the Council of Nottingham Workplace Chaplaincy steering group, Conference Nottingham and the Nottingham branch of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Lens insight truly supports his key role in our organisation.

Philippa Knight

Philippa is a retired community pharmacist and founder member of the NSPCC Radcliffe-on-Trent, so brings a wealth of knowledge in the health and wellbeing of children and families to the YMCA. Her experience of working in inner city communities helps to inform our work with children, young people and adults experiencing health inequalities.

Mike McKeever Chair

Mike is headteacher of Trinity Catholic School in Aspley, which has been judged Outstanding by Ofsted and is regarded as one of the best schools in the country. His leadership experience coupled with his track record of supporting young people to fulfill their potential is invaluable to the board.

Paul Murphy Deputy Chair

In October 2014 we were pleased to welcome Paul onto our board. Paul is a senior police officer in Nottinghamshire with experience of partnership working, public protection and uniform operations. He is actively involved in school governance as Vice Chair at Trinity School. With a background in the arts, Paul leads Collegiate Brass, providing music development for young brass musicians from the east of England.

Angela Lyons

Angela has significant experience in marketing and PR, particularly in the healthcare sector where she specialised in programme design, delivery and evaluation. She is now a residential landlord and has taken part in strategic overviews of regional housing strategies and is an active member of a landlord's organisation contributing to business planning and development.

David Hemming

David is a management accountant and has vast experience in the public sector with health and local authorities.

Brian Dinsmore Treasurer

Brian is a Chartered Accountant with 32 years of practical experience across a range of industries in senior finance roles. He brings a wide financial experience as well as experience of company insurance, human resources, IT, commercial agreements and raising finance. Brian has also been a trustee for the Broxtowe Citizens Advice Bureau for two years.

David Walker

Born and bred in Nottingham, David still lives in the City. He has significant experience working in the public sector at senior level, having spent 32 years working for Nottinghamshire Police. Since retiring from the force David has taken the role of Head of Cohesion for Nottingham City Council and has great passion working for the citizens of Nottingham.

Fiona White

Recently Chair of One East Midlands and Chief Executive of Community Lincs, Fiona brings a focus on organisational outcomes and effective marketing strategy to her role. Fiona, brings significant expertise and insight in terms of experience in growing financial stability within the third sector along with the management of risk, and contract management.

Our Team

The YMCA is led by our Executive Management Team it is their role to ensure we are fulfilling our mission day in day out.

Will Wakefield Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary

For someone born on the edge of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa, Will has acclimatised well to the cut and thrust of Nottingham! After heading to the UK armed only with £50 and four O-Levels he started his career in hotel management before following a Christian calling and finding himself working at a north London YMCA hostel in the middle of the 1981 Tottenham Riots. He joined the YMCA in Nottingham as Chief Executive in 1995, taking turnover from £400,000 to £6.1 million today.

Craig Berens Director of Operations & Programmes

Andrea Shea Director of HR

Departmental Managers

Neil MacLaren Funding & Business Development


0115 948 9823

Gavin Barker Outdoor Education & Adventure Services

gavin.barker@nottsymca.org 0115 948 9822

Steffen Benbow Camps & Adventure Services

0115 948 9828

Thomas Galley 
Marketing & Communications

0115 948 9898

Mark Crane Health & Safety and Facilities

0115 948 9843

Clive Bellaby Assets & Environment

0115 915 6950

Diane Poppleton-Brown Business Resource Centre

0115 948 9844

Mel Rooney Childcare Programmes

0115 948 9833

Carol Burrell Physical Activity on Referral

0115 948 9854

Dan Hibbert Health & Fitness Centre

0115 948 9861

Gill Sakelaropoulos International Community Centre

0115 915 6950

Gemma Murphy Housing Development - Nottingham City

07584 582 063

Darren Goodlad Youth Programmes

0115 948 9833

Chris Jarvis Data Protection & IT

0115 948 9827

Amy Oakes Sports & Families Services

0115 943 5808

Kristian Brace Business & Accounts

0115 948 9847

Richard Slater Residential Home

07976 919 115

Ben Attfield Residential Home

07587 552 300

Operations Managers

Dan Orange Operations - Health & Leisure and Children & Young People

0115 948 9856

Brenda Serrant Operations - Residential Care

0115 948 9864

Mark Owens Operations - Housing and Skills


0115 948 9863

Joe Pilero Operations - Marketing & Communications


0115 948 9898

Todd Cauthorn Operations - Family, Children & Young People


0115 948 9825

Safeguarding vulnerable adults, children and young people

Nottinghamshire YMCA aims to ensure that everyone is welcomed into a safe, caring environment and takes a zero tolerance approach to all forms of abuse. Protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults is one of our highest priorities.

Find out more about our approach to safeguarding here