Andy Palmer – Chair of Trustee Board
Andy is inspired to be part of YMCA St Paul’s Group because of the difference the Charity makes in people’s lives, especially those that are young. In addition to being the Charity’s Chairman, Andy is currently the Chief Executive of a Housing Association in Essex. He is also involved with a mentoring programme that provides accommodation, support, education and training to vulnerable and homeless 16-24-year-olds.

An experienced business coach, Andy has 25 years of experience in the Care and Support sector. Most notably he was a senior manager at a housing association and responsible for managing schemes for adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues as well as residential care for older people.

He lives in East London with his family and enjoys being a season ticket holder for a West London football team that plays in blue! He enjoys cycling and rowing and participates in long distance rowing events, mainly on the Thames.

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Duncan Ingram: Vice Chair of Trustee Board

Duncan is passionate about YMCA St Paul’s Group quite simply because of the impact the charity has on transforming people’s lives. He is also an Executive Committee member of the World Alliance of YMCAs and has previously been a Vice Chair for YMCA England and Wales.

In addition to his roles at the YMCA Duncan is Chairman at The Children’s Trust, the UK’s largest paediatric brain injury rehabilitation charity. He is also a Non-Executive Director at the Hyde Group housing association as well as being a governor at King’s College School, Wimbledon.

A former Managing Director at BT, Duncan brings a wide range of experience in customer service, strategy, operational and risk management both in the UK and internationally.

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Roni Savage – Vice Chair of Trustee Board & Chair of Development and Assets Committee

Roni is passionate about being a part of YMCA St Paul’s Group because of its focus on addressing issues of diversity and social mobility amongst young people and communities. As well as being a Trustee for YMCA St Paul’s Group, in 2019 Roni was appointed National Lead for Women in STEM for the Federation of Small Businesses and sits on the Advisory Board for the Mayor’s Fund for London.

After gaining several years of engineering industry experience, she established Jomas Associates Ltd, an award-winning engineering and environmental consultancy based in the UK.

In 2018, Roni was named Black British Business Person of the Year and Natwest’s Athena Inspirational Woman. In 2021, Forbes listed Roni as one of their thirty Inspirational Women of the year. Roni is also a regular contributor to a range of media outlets, and has written articles for Forbes, the Daily Telegraph, Property Week and Business Leader as well as appearing on Sky News, BBC News and London Live TV.

She lives in West London with her three boys.

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Helen Posner- Chair of Performance Committee

Helen is passionate about the all the wonderful people and the work they do at YMCA St Paul’s Group , in particular giving hope to those in need. Her involvement with YMCA started at an early age, volunteering as a student at YMCA West London Nursery and at YMCA’s Pavilion of Hope EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany. She originally became a trustee of YMCA West London in 2016, before joining the SPG Board after the merger in 2018. She currently chairs the Performance Committee.

Helen’s professional career was initially focused within the private equity and real estate sectors and has included financing, company valuation and improvement, structuring and fundraising. Until 2018 she was principal of The Blackstone Group, a leading global investment business.

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Ken Youngman – Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Ken is passionate about YMCA St Paul’s Group because of the difference the Charity makes to the lives of those who have nowhere to call home.

An experienced accountant, Ken previously has worked as a Finance Director at Family Mosaic, one of the G15 large Housing Associations. During this time, he held several chairing roles including the G15 Finance Directors Group. Ken has recently joined Transport for London as their Finance Director, and is responsible for the Commercial Development at Transport for London.

Ken’s drive for strong financial performance combined with a commitment to the impact of the charity has helped ensure a robust but compassionate approach to all that the YMCA does. He is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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Louise Hedges – Chair of People and Governance Committee

Louise is passionate about YMCA St Paul’s Group because she believes that the work the Charity does to help people live the fullest life that they can is so very important. She became a trustee at YMCA St Paul’s Group in 2016, after getting to know the Charity when volunteering at a YMCA sponsored sleep-out.

A senior advisor in the civil service, Louise’s professional career has been focused on housing policy. In recent years she has led the development and implementation of the Affordable Housing Scheme, Starter Homes, Affordable Home Ownership and Right to Buy policies. Currently, Louise is a Civil Servant in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Chair of the People and Governance Committee, Louise is focused on ensuring that the Charity’s Board and Trustees are supported to deliver excellence.

Louise lives with her family in South West London.

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Graham Beech – Safeguarding Champion

Graham is passionate about using his professional experiences to help YMCA St Paul’s Group deliver on its strategic vision and charitable mission through sustained, outstanding results.

Graham has over 30 years’ experience of working on issues relating to marginalised young people, families and communities which has enabled him to develop extensive knowledge of the client group YMCA St Paul’s Group serves. His career has been characterised by seeking to reduce social exclusion in some of the most deprived areas across London and the UK.

Formerly CEO of Action on Addiction, he is now the Director of Communitatis Ltd, which works with boards, senior executive teams and other systems leaders in health, social care and criminal justice environments, supporting them to develop systems, strategies and services for the benefit of the children, families and adults they work with.

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Gerald Chifamba

Gerald is passionate about YMCA St Paul’s Group as the Charity makes a real difference in people’s lives. He has been involved with the YMCA for over 7 years and has worked as a Youth Ambassador for YMCA England and Wales and co-coordinated a resource group on health for the World YMCA, attending meetings at the United Nations on matters affecting young people.

He joined YMCA St Paul’s Group as a Trustee in May 2018 and feels rewarded to be part of a Board that makes decisions that have an impact on thousands of young people across London.

Gerald is currently an Account Executive for EQS Group, a digital investor relations and compliance firm.

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Chris Stern

Chris is inspired to be a part of YMCA St Paul’s Group as he desires to help young people and see individuals reach their full potential. In addition to being a trustee for YMCA St Paul’s Group, Chris is also on both the England and Wales and West London Board.

A qualified accountant, Chris has enjoyed a successful executive career with British Gas and Centrica, undertaking a variety of roles including CEP BG Insurance, and prior to this Divisional Finance Director for British Gas Services, Centrica Business Services and the Automobile Association. Currently, Chris is the Senior Independent Director for StepChange, the largest UK debt charity, and Pension and Investment Trustee at Centrica PLC.

Chris is also a Licensed Lay Minister within the Church of England.

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Joelle Jenny 

Joelle is passionate about utilising her role of Trustee to support YMCA St Paul’s Group in its work to enable young people to thrive and communities to flourish, building on her skills and experience gained in a career of international diplomacy and conflict prevention. 

Joelle started her career in the humanitarian aid sector, working for the International Committee of the Red Cross in various war affected countries. This included organising the distribution of food supplies for nine months in a besieged city in Africa, and a year in Sarajevo negotiating safe passage to reunify family separated by the war.  She has since worked in government (UK, Switzerland) and international organisations (EU, UN, NATO) on a range of international peace and security issues.  

Over the years she has acquired significant senior leadership and management experience. That includes managing up to £1.3bn of international aid programmes, sitting on a range of governance boards, driving organisation design, designing strategies, leading complex change management processes, and building inclusive, multicultural teams of over 100 staff.  

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Ingrid Jack

Ingrid is excited by the YMCA vision to empower young people and create communities where everyone can flourish. She is keen to support YMCA SPG in successfully delivering the practical, cultural and process and system changes in the strategic plan. 

Ingrid is a Change Management Consultant with experience as a leader, manager and consultant working with large and small organisations in a variety of sectors. She currently works as both a freelance consultant and for the TiG Group as their Strategic Integration Lead. 

Prior to her current roles, Ingrid worked for Microsoft for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles in the Consulting Services organisation ending as a Digital Transformation Managing Architect, empowering organisations to achieve their digital aspirations. 

Ingrid has also worked with a number of charities and not-for-profit organisations over the past 10 years. She has a good understanding of the similarities and differences between corporate, charity and faith-based organisations, and appropriate ways to manage and support change in each of these settings. 

Ingrid has previously served as a trustee for east to west, a youth-focussed charity based in Surrey and Berkshire and is currently a Trustee for her church, Equippers Surrey, where she plays an active role, using her professional expertise, to support them as they grow, develop and meet the challenges of the digital world. 

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We’re proud to have a diverse board of trustees. They bring expertise and experience from a variety of sectors, contributing a great deal to the leadership of YMCA St Paul’s Group. If you’re interested in becoming a trustee click here for more information.