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

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Read our 2016/17 annual report

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.

Mike McKeever Chair

Michael worked in education as a teacher for 42 years. During his time as Headteacher of Trinity school in Nottingham (2002-2015), the school received three consecutive ‘outstanding’ judgements and was considered one of the best schools in the country. As a National Leader of Education for five years, Michael worked with some of the toughest schools across the country. He is now an Associate for the Aquinas Foundation working to bring high quality teachers to Nottingham and improve the educational experience of young people in the East Midlands and London. In recognition of his contribution to education, Michael received a Papal medal, the K.S.G. in 2014. He is also a keen sportsman, playing squash and tennis regularly.

Paul Murphy Deputy Chair

Paul has been a board member since October 2014 and currently supports the YMCA as Vice Chair of Trustees. Paul retired from Nottinghamshire Police in August 2016 with his final posting as head of its Professional Standards Directorate. With experience in internal governance and the law, Paul is currently the Investigations Manager at E.ON UK. With many strings to his bow, Paul has a thriving music entertainment business through The Limelight Orchestra. The Orchestra provided entertainment at the reopening of the Malt Cross Nottingham which Nottingham YMCA has taken over trusteeship.

Angela Barbaro-Robins Treasurer

Jackie Lymn Rose

Nottingham born and bred, Jackie is a fourth generation Funeral Director at A W Lymn, The Family Funeral Service. She is personally very much involved with bereaved families from all cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. As a Fellow and Past President of The British Institute of Embalmers, Jackie has spent many years as a team member dealing with mass fatality deployed overseas including Siberia, Middle East and Far East as an embalmer identifying, sanitising and repatriating human remains.

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.

Gerry McPake

A native of Glasgow, Gerry retired in June 2018 after a 36-year career with Allied Irish Bank GB (AIB) having led the bank’s operation in the East Midlands for the past 10 years. Gerry’s stewardship culminated in AIB being named as ‘Bank of the Year’ at the prestigious ‘East Midlands Insider Dealmakers Awards 2018’. Across his career, he has worked with many businesses, helping them achieve their dreams and ambitions. Gerry has a keen focus on the vital role that people and teamwork play in the success of any organisation, characteristics which he sees strongly at Nottinghamshire YMCA.

Nick Duckworth Managing Director of Toyota Material Handling UK

Nick is Managing Director of Toyota Material Handling UK and has recently returned from working in Europe for over 10 years in the Capacity of Senior Vice President for Toyota. During this time, Nick was also Chairman of the Board in 15 Toyota marketing and sales companies across Europe and engaged in a number medium and large company acquisitions and mergers. Originating from Nottingham, Nick is keen to utilise his business experiences for the benefit of our community.

Ian Powell Head of Homes and Regeneration

Born and raised in Nottingham, with a brief visit to South Wales, Ian’s heart never left our East Midlands city. Ian is Head of Homes and Regeneration at a Nottinghamshire-based building contractor whose values of courage, respect, collaboration and integrity align well with his own. His work focuses on regeneration in geographic areas that would traditionally be overlooked, supporting the growth of these areas though investment in people as well as property.

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 and Programmes

Andrea Shea Director of Human Resources

Wincent Kordula Director of Finance

Operations Managers

Brenda Serrant Senior Operations Manager - Residential and Housing Development

0115 948 9864

Mark Owens Senior Operations Manager - Commercial Development


0115 948 9863

Todd Cauthorn Operations Manager - Children, Young People and Families


0115 948 9825

Simon Brighty Operations Manager - Marketing, Communications and Funding


0115 948 9898

Nick Clements Operations Manager - Housing and Support


Departmental Managers

Neil MacLaren Funding and Business Development Manager


0115 948 9823

Gavin Barker Outdoor Education and Adventure Services Manager

gavin.barker@nottsymca.org 0115 948 9822

Steffen Benbow Camps and Adventure Services Manager

0115 948 9828

Mark Crane Facility Manager

0115 948 9843

Clive Bellaby Assets and Environment Manager

0115 915 6950

Mel Rooney Childcare Service Manager

0115 948 9833

Dan Hibbert Health and Fitness Centre Manager

0115 948 9861

Gill Sakelaropoulos International Community Centre Manager

0115 915 6950

Darren Goodlad Youth Programmes Manager

0115 948 9833

Chris Jarvis Data Protection and IT Manager

0115 948 9827

Amy Oakes Sports and Families Services Manager

0115 943 5808

Richard Slater Senior Registered Manager

07976 919 115

Valerie Burrell Business Resource Centre Supervisor

0115 948 4840

Andy Cannon Housing Officer Manager

Sam Hodson Registered Manager

Fran Baggan Registered Manager

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