As a charity, YMCA Fairthorne Group (and YMCA Fairthorne Housing) is governed by a Board of voluntary Trustees who determine the long term strategic direction and day to day compliance of the charity with contemporary legislation and best practice.
Trustees are selected for their extensive experience and skills. Each Trustee brings unique qualities and experience to the board through previous or current senior positions within a broad range of businesses, charities and other organisations.
Day to day operational responsibilities are delegated to the senior management team, consisting of a Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer, six further directors and around 350 staff.
Judy joined the YMCA Fairthorne Group as a trustee in January 2014. Trained as a nurse, she finished her NHS career as a Director of Nursing and has a particular interest in corporate and quality and in providing services for young people.
In addition to her work with the YMCA, Judy chairs her local primary school governing body, is a trustee for a London based learning disability research trust and is a specialist adviser to the Care Quality Commission, inspecting mental health hospitals.
She has three children, who all enjoyed Fairthorne Manor Daycamps, and six grandchildren.
Mike began his career in finance at the age of 17 and worked his way up in accounting positions in various organisations.
In 2005 Mike finished his 30 year financial career as Finance Director of Ageas Insurance. Mike gained a Christian faith in his teenage years and has been actively involved in the church ever since. He became a licensed Lay Minister at 25 and was part of the Christian music group The Gospel Folk, who appeared on BBC radio in the 1960’s. Mike lost his wife in 2018 after 50 years of marriage. He enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Tim lives in Hampshire with his ever increasing family. He has been involved in the advising and development of commercial property for over 48 years, predominantly as principal with City Estates Ltd, but also as a director of Rok Plc, responsible for running its property development subsidary.
As chair of the Wessex Cancer Trust, he has developed good inter-personal skills both on the public and private stage, gained considerable management expertise, and a comprehensive understanding of running and expanding both small and large companies.
Jackie lives in Hampshire and after spending her childhood in London, loves being by the sea. Jackie worked as a manager and training manager for John Lewis before moving into training consultancy, which has included running her own business for 20 years. Jackie has worked with a wide range of organisations and companies, providing a variety of leadership training, as well as coaching senior managers and directors.
In addition to her work with the YMCA, Jackie is an ambassador for The Girls’ Network, a charity which aims to raise the aspirations of teenage girls from less advantaged backgrounds. Jackie’s overriding aim is always to help people achieve their potential. Her role as trustee gives her the opportunity to support the projects in our communities, which help individuals and families flourish.
Sophie was born in Yeovil and currently resides in Southampton. Sophie spent many years in foster care and experienced homelessness throughout her teenage years due to lack of support, guarantors and available housing. Sophie changed her life around just before her 21st birthday and is determined to help shape the system by becoming the voice of other young people like her.
Peter had a successful career in commercial property management, managing investor client owned multi-tenanted properties & estates. These included trophy buildings in the City of London and a luxury destination shopping district. He was responsible for operational service standards delivery by in-house and outsourced service providers and all site risk compliance. Peter had an earlier successful career in corporate asset finance with three major UK Banking Groups, operating across the southern counties. Peter is retired and lives in Dorset.
Grant is 47 and lives in Hamble Le Rice. He is a Dad, a husband, a thinker and committed egalitarian.
He’s also a strategic communications consultant with 25 years’ experience in the disciplines of public relations, stakeholder engagement, crisis communications, brand management and marketing communications. He has worked for some of the UK’s leading award winning consultancies and led accounts on a regional, national and international basis. He now runs his own consultancy – Defero Communications.
Grant has also worked with and advised the public sector at many levels from local through to national government. Before becoming a Trustee Grant worked with the Fairthorne Group on a number of projects, which include providing guidance and consul on marketing and public relations and defining communications strategy.
Outside of the working environment he’s a dog walker, sailor, skier and lover of the great outdoors.
Richard began his career in local government in Lincolnshire. He has been Bursar/Chief Administrative officer of two Agricultural Colleges. For the last 20 years of his working career he ran a training consultancy for Pre-Retirement and Mid Life Planning and also ran (part time) a Floristry company.
Richard, a committed Christian, was the Chair of the Trustees of the Winchester YMCA until the amalgamation a few years ago. He spent 28 years involved with the 1st Winchester Scout Group, one of the largest scout groups in the area.
Richard is married to Margaret, has two grown up sons and five grandchildren. He is committed to the YMCA and its objectives and philosophy.
Nicki lives in Hampshire, close to our Fairthorne Manor site and became a Trustee in May 2019. During her career Nicki has progressed to management roles quickly and with her strong people focus she naturally steered toward specialising in Human Resources. She has worked in both the public and private sector and is currently a Senior HR Consultant for Pure Human Resources Limited based in North Baddesley.
Nicki has two children who regularly attend the Fairthorne Manor Day Camps. She and her family have also been known to partake in the outdoor activities and events they hold throughout the year and enjoying the onsite camping with their friends.