Day to day operational responsibilities for the running of YMCA Fairthorne Group are delegated to the senior management team.
The team is headed by our Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer, five further directors and over 300 staff.
Chief Executive Officer – Chris Hand
Chris has been with the YMCA since 1986, initially employed as a project leader with the Community Programme and has held a number of other roles with the YMCA. Chris is the founding Chief Executive of YMCA Fairthorne Group which was formed in 2002. The period since 2002 has seen many changes and a number of mergers with local YMCAs and other charities. Chris is driven by the YMCA vision of communities where children, young people and families belong, contribute and thrive. He is involved with the YMCA at national and international level and has led and contributed to a number of high profile projects as well as chairing the YMCA Chief Executives’ Network. Chris is married with three children who lead increasingly independent lives; in his spare time he enjoys sailing and rowing with family and friends.
Chief Financial Officer – Phillipa Spicer
Phillipa is a degree qualified, FCMA accountant who started her finance career as a Unilever Management Trainee in South Africa. Moving to the UK in 2003, Phillipa has spent her career to date working in the FMCG sector across both branded and private label products. Phillipa has held senior finance and directorship roles within the fresh produce sector since 2007, and joined the YMCA Fairthorne Group in July 2016 as the first appointed CFO for the Charity.
Outside of the work environment, Phillipa chairs the Board of Governors for a local infant school and sits on the PCC for the church she attends. Phillipa is a practising Christian, an avid animal lover and is married with 2 young delightful girls. When time allows, her interests include road running, cooking and hockey.
Development Director – Sally Arscott
Sally has been with YMCA since 2006, helping shape much of the organisation’s growth, including our Family Park, taking on new areas of work following mergers and establishing new pre-schools and youth work. Prior to the YMCA, Sally worked in London establishing youth and community development programmes in urban inner city areas in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. She has a business degree and has had the task of ensuring long term financial sustainability of programmes as well as impact. She has been a trustee of a range of education charities and is currently a governor at a local primary school.
Sally is married with two children and loves nothing better than being in the outdoors, whether playing in the woods, cycling or camping.
Director of Strategic Planning – Emma Corina
Emma has been at YMCA Fairthorne Group since 2006.
She began her career in the live music industry but developed a keen interest in understanding how organisations affect social change. She developed further knowledge by working for a range of consultancies specialising in supporting not-for-profit organisations.
Emma is passionate about enabling children and young people to achieve their true potential, regardless of circumstance, and her role is focussed on performance managing the strategy, establishing evidence of change, and developing fundraising. Outside work Emma is chair of Community Action Isle of Wight and Isle of Wight’s Voluntary Sector Forum. Emma lives in the Isle of Wight and in her spare time is a keen walker, gardener and motorbike rider.
Children’s Work Director – Peter Cooper
Peter joined the YMCA in 1992, progressing to become the Programme Manager at Fairthorne Manor. In his current position, Peter provides the lead on quality and development, is responsible for Safeguarding and child protection and is the organisation’s representative for Ofsted. His achievements include co-founding the national Young Carers Festival in 2000 which has become the UK’s largest youth participation event. In 2008, Peter became a member of a development group at the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), developing guidance for increasing physical activity for children. He has worked with YMCA England to develop a national strategy for sports, health and fitness, and with the Youth Sports Trust to develop an early years physical activity resource. Peter has a 1st class honours degree in Professional Development, a Diploma in Countryside Recreation and is an NSPCC trained safeguarding facilitator.
Fairthorne Manor Community Director – Jim Hooper
Jim lives locally and has been with the YMCA since 2003, experiencing great change as the Sales Manager before progressing to Central Support Team Director and then Fairthorne Manor Community Director. He has spent the majority of his career in sales, predominantly in the travel industry before developing his skills in other fields at the YMCA.
Jim has a young family, with both of his children successful graduates of Fairthorne Manor Nursery, avid fans of Daycamps and the YMCA Family Park and Campsite. He has a passion for sport, enjoys cycling, football, swimming and fitness and is a real advocate of children learning in an outdoors environment.
Facilities Director – Peter Scaife
Peter lives in Hampshire and previously worked overseas in management roles in the sailing industry for Falcon and Sunsail, before joining YMCA Fairthorne Group in 2001 as Operations Manager.
He progressed to the role of Projects Manager, Facilities Manager, before progressing to his current role. Peter is responsible for the maintenance of all of the organisation’s owned and leased properties.
Peter still has a passion for sailing in his spare time, and enjoys ski-ing and the outdoors.
Southampton Community Director – Chris Heighway
Chris has been with YMCA Fairthorne Group since 2018 and is responsible for delivering the organisation’s Southampton-based community and early years services, as well as the Hampshire-wide Housing portfolio.
Chris has worked in the Housing Sector at both local and national level since 2007 managing homelessness services and supported accommodation across Dorset and Hampshire. Prior to moving to Dorset Chris worked in the National Assembly for Wales supporting policy formulation in areas such as Housing, Sustainability and Criminal Justice. Chris is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing.
Chris lives in Dorset and in his spare time enjoys playing cricket and rugby and is an avid Bath Rugby supporter.