If you feel you could contribute to our Board of Trustees, you can find out more about the role in our Trustee booklet:
- Trustee booklet (2,600 KB, PDF)
Steve joined the board in September 2019 and took over as chairman in January 2020.
Prior to leaving fulltime work in 2017 Steve had a long career in the international telecoms industry based in the UK and the US. He took a break in 2011 and then switched direction to lead a national non-profit in the charity fundraising sector. He has experience of leading and growing organisations, online technology, fundraising and advocacy. In the past few years he has served as a local primary school governor and business mentor for the Prince’s Trust but is now focusing his energies on the YMCA.
He became interested in the YMCA because of its commitment to helping young people regardless of circumstance and background and its deep understanding of the complex factors that affect their lives, along with its professionalism and wide range of services.
Ian Dow - read more
Ian Dow joined the Board of the YMCA in 2009.
He retired from a career working in multi-national companies, where he held senior positions, and has a lot of experience improving organisations, and enabling them to do more. Ian is experienced in change and project management and has been central to the development of the current strategy. He has been involved with the development of facilities in Peterborough, and more recently in Cambridge and drove the merger with YMCA Suffolk and the subsequent changes. He has been Chair, Chair of the Oversight Committee and Chair of the Board of the Cresset (which is a wholly own subsidiary of the YMCA and provides complimentary facilities in Peterborough).
Ian has been involved with several charities since the early 1990s, but now concentrates on the YMCA. He believes that a lot of young people with problems have not had the right opportunities or guidance. In the YMCA we have highly skilled people who can guide youngsters to achieve something in their lives. The success rate is good, but we need to increase our resources to deal with more people. This is a key
role for the Board.
Jordan Bambridge - read more
Jordan Bambridge joined the board of the YMCA in 2018. He currently works as the Student Engagement Manager at the University of Suffolk Students’ Union and has worked in the Higher Education sector for the past five years. Jordan heads up the Membership Services offering on all support and guidance, Student Activities and Democracy functions.
Jordan’s experience has allowed him to develop quality services for young people going through a different type of life transition, and is eager to help support people through their journey. Jordan is passionate about the development of young people, business and politics and wants to use his skills and experience in working with young people to help enhance the quality of services at YMCA Trinity Group.
Jordan is also a Foundation Board Member at the University of Suffolk, a Board established to help develop and grow philanthropic activity and has held other roles as a Trustee, Non-Executive Director, and President of his Students’ Union in 2015.
Dominic Bowles - read more
Dominic Bowles joined the board of the YMCA in 2016. He grew up in Saffron Walden and moved to Cambridge for his first job, and has not yet managed to escape!
Dominic’s first seven years’ work were in accountancy. He then took over the family freight business when his father retired, running it for eleven years before selling it, remaining for a couple of years to ensure a smooth transition. Since then, Dominic has worked as a consultant, and has set up businesses, offering small business coaching and support, running a co-working space in Cambridge and running business challenge events to drive creative thinking and innovation.
Dominic uses his business and financial skills and experience to inform his involvement in the board of trustees, and also as a director of The Cresset Limited, the YMCA’s wholly-owned trading subsidiary in Peterborough. The YMCA is his first involvement with a charity since helping regularly at his local Oxfam shop as a teenager in Saffron Walden.
Dominic believes strongly that the modern world is a tough place to grow up, and has been impressed from his first exposure to the YMCA of the range of work it does to support and encourage young people to enjoy life and to help the disadvantaged to have more of a chance.
Pauline Donovan - read more
Pauline Donovan joined the board in December 2020, Pauline has held various Senior roles in the technology sector including software and services
Pauline’s work experience has focused in people leadership and business management, creating, leading and supporting high performing team supporting the growth of bringing apprenticeship and graduate programmes into the workplace. She has experience of business project and change management, especially in fast paced rapidly growing companies.
Pauline has grown up in the Peterborough region and never moved away and is involved in local community activities; she is a mother to two grown up sons and has two Jack Chi terrier companions who help with her hobbies of walking, running and cycling.
This is Pauline’s first role as a Trustee, she has become involved particularly to work with an organisation that has a strong supportive focus to enable young people from all cultural backgrounds to be successful.
Julie Horne joined the Board of the YMCA in 2015 and is part of the Fundraising and Marketing Steering Group. She lives just outside Cambridge and has worked and run businesses in Cambridge for the over 30 years.
Julie is an entrepreneur with a professional background in teaching, consulting and leadership coaching. She works with many business leaders in Cambridge and London and also gives time for developmental work with young people through the ‘entrepreneur in Residence’ scheme at Anglia Ruskin University, and as a mentor for young people at The Princes Trust and Aspire Groups.
Julie has three children at University and knows how challenging it can be for young people to launch into independent life even with a stable family and good education. How much more difficult when the odds are stacked against you? Hearing about the work of the YMCA and some of the difficulties it has in obtaining funds to support projects and services to help young people has motivated her to see if she can find ways of engaging more business leaders and private funds in their work.
Andy Lucas - read more
Andy Lucas joined the YMCA Board in 2015. He has over 25 years of commercial experience focused around marketing, sales, customer service and IT from roles in public, private and not for profit organisations. Andy currently works as a Director of a Cambridge-based financial services organisation, which also brings him into active involvement with a number of Cambridgeshire-based charities and voluntary organisations.
Andy has also been an active volunteer in working with young people for most of his adult life, with different Christian organisations and firmly believes in giving people the right support and challenge to help them understand and achieve their potential – an equally important aim he’s had for his family as they’ve been growing up. He wants to use his skills and experience in continuing to develop still further the range, reach and quality of the services the YMCA can offer, building on the substantial success already achieved.
Antonia Maclean - read more
Antonia Maclean joined the Board of the YMCA in 2011. She runs an organisation effectiveness company and lives near Peterborough. Her background in the organisation of business and board development has assisted with our YMCA Board’s work in the last 18 months. Antonia sits on the Oversight committee, is involved in trustee recruitment and is looking at how to increase the participation of young people at Board level.
She is involved in this YMCA because she wants to contribute to an organisation that gives the variety of young people another chance to achieve a better life with prospects for themselves. She is impressed by the leading edge projects the YMCA do in a range of communities across Cambridgeshire. Antonia’s other voluntary activities include being Chair of a Building Preservation Trust, near Peterborough.
Mary Sanders - read more
Mary Sanders joined the YMCA Board in 2002. She is a freelance science editor and lives in Cambridge. Her background is in science, education and working with young people. Mary is Chair of the Oversight Committee, which is key to ensuring that the organisation is governed appropriately. It has the responsibility for the scrutiny of the arrangements for Health & Safety, Personnel, HR, Finance and Risk Assessment.
She is involved with this YMCA because she wants to see young people realise their potential, whatever their starting point, and is particularly involved in supporting a project to help young people back into employment. Mary’s other voluntary activities include being a Governor at a local Community College and chairing the local Council for Voluntary Service.
Chris Wilkinson joined the board of the YMCA in December 2018. She started her career in nursing after leaving school and has worked for the NHS for over 40 years. She has worked as an executive director and Chief Nurse in acute hospitals in Cambridgeshire and more recently as a health care consultant. She has experience in patient care quality improvement, clinical leadership and governance for quality, education and corporate functions. With a strong commitment to continuing personal and professional development she has enjoyed providing coaching services and co-ordinating leadership development courses for Cambridge University Health Partners.
Chris is mother to a son who has recently undergone the challenging process of finding employment after completing University studies. She has a high commitment to health and welfare for people and is pleased to use her NHS experiences to inform her work as a Trustee with YMCA, particularly in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults and young people.
Anthony Chandler - read more
Anthony Chandler is a teacher and Anglican priest with a life of experience in March and the development of the Peterborough New Township. Anthony has been involved with the YMCA for 15 years and is most interested in the services and projects delivered to clients.
Originally trained as a teacher, Anthony opened St. Johns Church School in Orton Goldhay with the associated Orton Family Centre, and a centre of worship for several denominations and a wide range of community activities. Anthony has been involved with youth work locally and nationally in a voluntary capacity including ten years for the Scout Association as one of the people responsible for their eleven to sixteen year olds programme and the development of the Audit Leader Training for the section.
Anthony trained as an Anglican priest whilst working in the Ely Diocesan Education Office and in 2000 was appointed as Rector of two parishes in March – March St Peter and March St Mary. He retired in 2012 but stayed on as priest in charge at St Marys for two years to complete the restoration of the church that was completely destroyed by fire in 2010. The building has been beautifully and sensitively designed for community use.
Tracy Simpson - read more
Tracy Simpson joined the Board of the YMCA in July 2020 and sits on the Oversight Committee.
Tracy has over 30 years’ experience working within the Financial Services Sector. She started her career in financial services straight out of high school never believing she was college/university material – but with solid family support and opportunities for development presented to her through great employers, she has increasingly carved out a career which has not only provided security for her and her daughter but also one she has loved.
Her work experience focuses mainly around team leadership, customer service, business development, housing and risk management and just as important softer skills including kindness, mutual respect and encouragement. At the current time Tracy works for a Cambridge based organisation and has been closely involved with community based initiatives including assisting local young people with housing, homelessness and mental health.
Tracy lives in Essex and has one daughter in her twenties, who has recently started a career in mental health, specifically working with under 18s. Tracy is passionate about being able to help young people who are not fortunate enough to have the level of support she and her daughter have had.
This is Tracy’s first role as a Trustee and she is extremely excited to use her skills and experience to contribute to an organisation whose values are focused on enabling and encouraging young people to excel. The teams working at the YMCA have hugely impressed Tracy with their commitment to deliver the YMCA’s mission of Inspiring Communities, Transforming Young Lives.
Alric Blake - read more
Alric Blake joined the Board in late 2020 after semi-retirement.
Prior to semi-retirement, Alric’s career was at C Suite level for global multibillion poumd companies, where he held senior positions such as CEO, CFO and COO. Alric has significant experience improving organisations top to bottom, has travelled the globe extensively and has a truly global understanding and experience in business practice, governance and risk management.
He has been responsible for leading major change and turnaround strategies and building multi-functional teams and networks across the globe and businesses.
Alric also sits on Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnerships main board as well as the Greater Lincolnshire’s Food board.
His hobbies include reading, golf and cycling.