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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Carol Delaney – Diversity and Inclusion Champion

Carol is inspired to be a part of YMCA St Paul’s Group as she is passionate about reducing homelessness and improving the communities the Charity serves. Carol became a Trustee in January 2020. As the Board’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Champion Carol raises awareness of equality and diversity issues and ensures that the Board acts in a fair, dignified and respectful way.

Carol has extensive experience in Asset Management, Health and Safety, Procurement and Construction. She currently works at the Sovereign Housing Association as the Property Services Director and loves working with a team of people who want to make a real difference in people’s lives and feels it is important to contribute to communities where everyone should feel included.

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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.

Until recently, he was the CEO of Action on Addiction, a national addiction charity working across all areas of treatment, research, family support and professional education.

 

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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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Edward Weiss

Edward believes in the work of YMCA St Paul’s Group because of the number of people for whom the Charity provides accommodation for and keeps off the streets. He joined YMCA St Paul’s Group as a trustee in 2018 and has previously been Chairman of YMCA Slough and has sat on the YMCA England and Wales national Finance and Audit Committee and National Board.

Edward is a Chartered Accountant with vast chairman experience; until recently he sat as a non-executive director of an NHS Foundation Trust and a Home Office organisation, the Security Industry Authority. He is also currently on the Oxford Diocesan Synod and is diocesan representative of the Church Urban Fund.

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