Ultimate responsibility for the life of the association rests with the Board of Trustees. They must ensure that the association operates within its Christian aims and purposes, and that it is working to achieve its charitable objects, both of which are set out in its governing document.

Trustees are directors of the company with all the legal responsibilities that that entails, but they all serve in a voluntary capacity; they receive no pay and cannot receive a dividend. Trustees can serve for a maximum of nine years, after which they must step down from the board.

Trustees meet as a Board six times a year. They delegate some of their powers and responsibilities to sub committees. We have three official committees covering: Development & Asset Management, Finance, and Housing. We also own a subsidiary company – YMCA Birmingham & Solihull Enterprises Ltd (YBASE) – which oversees the work of our social enterprise department, and acts as our social enterprise committee. Committee members and directors of YBASE are all appointed and can be removed by the Board of Trustees.

Chair – Paul Harris

Paul built a highly successful sales and marketing career in a variety of industries before setting up Real Success Ltd (a consulting, coaching and training business) in 2008. Real Success Ltd specialises in leadership development, team cohesion, improved communication, recruitment and managing performance and Paul is recognised as respected authority on team performance, staff alignment and retention. He speaks regularly at key events on the subject of people development. With a varied client portfolio including companies such as Dixons, L’Oreal, Vodafone alongside a wide variety of SME’s across the UK, Paul also has a large client base within the agricultural sector. He is a Director of a number of local Community Interest Companies and Charities that work with young people and is Chair of YMCA Birmingham & Solihull Enterprises Ltd.

Trustee – Oenca Fontaine

Oenca is an experienced leadership, talent and organisational development consultant, coach-mentor, trainer, writer and social entrepreneur. Oenca set up a coaching, leadership development consultancy, inner Dimensions Ltd, in 2002. She uses a number of profiling and 360-Degree feedback instruments to support individuals and organisations focus on their inherent qualities, values and abilities. Oenca is currently the Parent Carer Workshop Project Coordinator, supporting parent carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), across Birmingham on behalf of Birmingham City Council. In addition, Oenca is also the Founder & Chair of Christian Leadership Ministries (CLM), bringing a focus for leadership, talent and spiritual development into the wider Christian community.

Trustee – Arkle Bell

Arkle has been involved in Youth and Community work for most of his working life, locally nationally and internationally. His particular interests have been in training, supervision, participation and spirituality. Arkle has been involved in the YMCA, locally (as a trustee of local associations) nationally, (as a trustees of the national Council of YMCAs), and internationally for many years.

Trustee – Rev Paul Nash

Paul is married to Sally and has lived in Aston and Erdington since 1997 when he ordained in the Church of England. He has worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as the senior chaplain leading a multi faith team since 2002 where he is also the Director of “Centre of Paediatric Spiritual Care”, www.bch.nhs.uk/cpsc. He is also a tutor for a Children’s and Youth work collage, MCYM, teaching on chaplaincy, ministerial and leadership formation, practical ethics and theology. He has authored several books and resources. He does this when he is not playing golf or cliff walking in Cornwall, ideally at the same time. He loves breakfast out especially where they have free or cheap refills of good coffee. When he was a chef in London he lived in Fulham YMCA. He and Sally regularly blog at www.markerpostsandshelters.wordpress.com

Trustee – Mike Hew

Mike Hew joined the Board of YMCA Birmingham as a Trustee in May 2017, having retired in 2014 as the Chief Executive of a registered housing provider based in the West Midlands. He has many years of housing experience at a senior level in both housing associations and local authorities in the region bringing expertise in strategic and asset management, change management, organisational development, social housing policy and governance. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and serves as a Board member for a large housing association based in Walsall. Mike is also a trustee at his local Christian church where he helps with running a drop in youth club and with preaching.

Trustee – Graham Cadd

Graham brings a wealth of business experience and is currently Managing Director/Company Secretary of Hydraulic Supplies Limited a successful Specialised Steel Stockist formed in 1991. He has worked is this area since 1983, headhunted from a computer hardware and software specialist for NCR & Apple (sage, pegasus, map, global accountancy packages). At sixteen (1975) he joined the army at IJLB in Shorncliffe and progressed through training at the Guards Depot in Pirbright, before joining his Battalion (Grenadier Guards) at seventeen. He left the army in 1980 to further explore life. A serial entrepreneur with four other businesses and fund raiser for many charities including Variety The Childrens Charity (Bristol), Chief Ambassador and Ambassador (alongside his wife Tina) for Nourish the Children, feeding and educating the people of Malawi with the Force for Good Foundation (a Nu Skin initiative).

Trustee – Dawn Ward CBE

Dawn is Chief Executive and Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College.  Dawn is a council member of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and a Director of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.  She is a Non-Executive Director of Staffline Group PLC.  She has had a successful international career, has extensive experience in senior positions at Board level (both as a member and Chair) across a number of national groups and is a published author. She has received numerous awards for her leading contribution to skills and education. She served as member of the expert panel for the Lingfield Review on Professionalism in Further Education and is now Deputy Chair of The Chartered Institution for Further Education and a trustee of the League of Mercy.  Dawn has devoted her life to working with young people, raising aspirations and opportunities for all.

Trustee – Gabriel Imevbore

Gabriel joined YMCA Birmingham as a resident after coming out of emergency accommodation.

Gabriel has since become a Resident Representative for YMCA Birmingham, won the Young Leader of The Year at the 2017 Youth Matters Awards and is now the youngest member of the Board of Trustees in YMCA Birmingham’s history. He has future ambitions of becoming a successful entrepreneur and has started his first business – iMev Marketing Ltd, a social media marketing agency.

Trustee – David Brown

David is a school teacher with over 30 years of experience teaching in five different secondary schools in Slough, Bracknell, Sandwell and Birmingham.  He has a strong sporting background competing in track and field athletics at a regional, district and national level.  This has helped him in pursuing his teaching career in Physical Education and help foster positive sporting values and attributes in young people.  For five years he has served as a school governor and he is actively involved in community initiatives chairing and helping organise community events.  David is a regular church goer having a strong and wonderful relationship with God.  As part of his Christian development he plays a strong role within his church community.  He is currently the PR, health and safety officer and GDPR lead.  David is also a school representative and vice-president of his local teachers’ union in Birmingham.

Trustee – Tim Cooper-Cocks

Tim joined YMCA Birmingham’s Board of Trustees in April 2019.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in becoming a trustee of YMCAB or would like to know more, please contact Jane Healy via Jane.Healy@ymcabirmingham.org.uk