Our Staff

Jonathan Martin

Chief Executive

Jonathan has worked for the YMCA since 1991 in a number of roles throughout the organisation. As CEO he’s responsible for the overall operational work of the organisation, plus leads on the strategic direction and focus. He also works closely with the Board of Trustees to shape the YMCA’s future. Although based at Queen Anne House in Cambridge, Jonathan is a frequent visitor to all our sites. He is passionate about working with and for Young People.


Rowena Kerslake

Deputy Chief Executive

Rowena has worked for Essex and Suffolk YMCAs since 1998. Most recentlyhaving held the role of CEO at YMCA Suffolk, until YMCA Trinity Group was formed. Rowena shares the responsibility for strategic direction and focus for YMCA Trinity with the CEO and takes responsibility for Organisational Quality and Development, Human Resources and Project work. YMCA is a brilliant organisation, which works across the world for the benefit of young people; my drive and passion for children and young peoples’ development means that working at YMCA has been a constant pleasure.


Lisa McLean

Head of Projects

Lisa has worked at the YMCA since 2009, previously having worked in commercial and public sector services. She is responsible for our projects and services across the county, ensuring that all of our service users are able to reach their full potential by accessing services of a high standard. Although based in Peterborough Lisa spends her time working across Cambridgeshire.


Rod Allerton

Director of Development

Rod joined the YMCA in March 2015 and is a member of the Executive team responsible for the charity’s development agenda including income generation, marketing and the wide range of services and projects that the Charity operates. Rod is also a Governor at the Peterborough Regional College and actively participates in Peterborough’s community and voluntary sector and is a member of the City Councils Cohesion & Diversity Forum, Leadership Forum and Skills Partnership Strategy Group.


Clare Lawrance

Director of Accommodation

Clare leads our housing and support work across Suffolk. We hold Housing Related Support contracts in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, offer emergency hostel beds, specialist support for Children and Young People in partnership with Suffolk County Council and have recently begun accommodating Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children. Clare has almost 20 years’ experience of working for Housing Associations specialising in supported housing management and development.


Glenn Simmons

Head of Housing

Glenn leads on the YMCA’s housing work across all of our sites with over 225 bed spaces. He liaises with funders and partners, as well as encouraging the participation of our residents in an active life & social skills programme. having worked at the YMCA since 2000, Glenn continues to help manage our current housing provision, plus support the development of new housing.


Lucy Watling

Organisational Quality and Development Manager

Lucy joined YMCA in 2011 and is now part of the HR team, leading on organisational quality and development. Lucy’s focus is supporting staff to be able to perform to the best of their ability via training and development programmes and corporate quality initiatives.


Clare Reeves

HR Manager

Clare has worked for YMCA since 2003 and is the HR Manager for YMCA Trinity Group, Clare manages the HR function ensuring that we remain compliant, relevant and focused on supporting the delivery of the Mission and work of the organisation, whilst helping to provide a positive employee experience for our staff.


Andy Patton

Finance Director

Andrew is an accountant with a background in financial services and the public sector and when he’s not at the YMCA, he likes spend time fixing punctures and making tea at his cycling holiday business that was started back in 1991. Andrew is a relative newcomer, starting in December 2015 but  really appreciates the work that we do at the YMCA and is pleased to be able to make his own small contribution.


Neil Portor

Support Services Director

Having worked for the YMCA since 1995 Neil originally held responsibility for the Finance and I.T departments within the organisation. With the new appointment of Support Services Director Neil now has, in addition to Finance and I.T, overall responsibility for Facilities Management, Health & Safety and is also the Company Secretary. Working as part of the Executive Team he plays an active role in the management and strategic leadership and supports the overall decision making process.