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 – Mark Bruckshaw
Mark worked in social housing for over 20 years in a local authority, a housing association and within 2 YMCAs. He therefore has considerable experience of housing management and of the broader YMCA movement. In 2010 he set up his own property management business, managing large blocks of apartments, giving him considerable knowledge and experience of both running a business and the broader legal framework of property. Mark now specialises in residential leasehold property and service charges. He was elected Vice Chair in 2010 and Chair of the Board in 2012.
Vice 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.
Honorary Treasurer – Nigel Reynolds
Nigel Reynolds is a director and founding member of Reynolds and Co. Whilst the firm provides the full range of accountancy and taxation services to all business sectors one of its specialist areas is advising Property Investors and Developers. Nigel regularly advises property investors on the various changes that they are having to contend with. His work in this area includes advising on the best business structure for them. In addition to advising clients on the changes to property tax Nigel also regularly talks to investor groups on the various changes and writes articles on the subject. Nigel is also a published author. Nigel also works in Non-Executive Director roles and currently has pleasure in working with YMCA Birmingham as a Trustee on their main Board and the Finance Sub Committee.
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 – Sam Wyatt
Sam has worked in social housing since 2012 and is currently Community Safety Manager for Places for People, one of the countries largest housing associations. Sam is also a Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and sits on YMCA’s Housing Sub Committee.