Andy Palmer, Chair

Andy joined YMCA St Paul’s Group at the beginning of 2016 and is the Chair of our Board of Trustees. He has over 25 years of experience in the Care and Support sector, mostly as a senior manager with a housing association that included managing schemes for adults with a learning disability and mental health and also residential care for older people. Previous roles include being Head of Housing to provide general needs accommodation within large housing estates. Andy is currently Chief Executive of a Housing Association in Essex.

Prior to joining the YMCA he was Chair of another Board of Trustees that provided respite care across East London and Essex. Andy’s interest in YMCA comes from a previous role working with young adults within a Housing Association, to provide accommodation, support, education and training to vulnerable and homeless 16 – 24 years olds. Andy is experienced in mentoring and coaching and has mentored many senior managers in recent years, within the private and charity sectors.

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

Kathy Morrissey, Vice-chair
Kathy is Head of Asset Maintenance Operations at Stansted Airport with a background in engineering, environment and utilities, having previously worked as a management consultant and as an engineer in the oil industry.  Kathy has been involved with the YMCA for almost 7 years and was previously chair of Forest YMCA East London Board of Trustees.  She is now Vice-chair of YMCA St Paul’s Group, and Chair of the East London Area sub-committee and of the group’s Asset Management and Development committee.

Ken Youngman, Treasurer

Ken has operated at Executive Finance over a long career, spanning Recruitment, Security Services, Kitchen supply, Music and most recently Housing. Ken is a qualified accountant, and chair of the G15 Finance Directors Group (A group representing the 15 largest housing associations in London).

Howard Dawson

Howard is currently Director of Residential Services for a 15,000 unit Housing Association in the South East of England. He leads 5 business units delivering front line services to rented, leasehold and market rented properties across 30 Local Authorities. He has over 25 years’ experience in the Housing sector of which the last 12 years are in senior management positions. He has worked for both Local Authorities and Housing Associations in a number of different roles including sales and marketing. Howard is a previous Chair of YMCA St Paul’s Group and joined the Board in 2012.

He has a post-graduate Diploma in Housing and has undertaken a high level Institute of Leadership Management programme through the Warwick Business School.

Louise Hedges

Louise is a Civil Servant in the Department for Communities and Local Government working on Local Government Reform. She previously worked on housing policy for a number of years, including leading the development and implementation of the Affordable Housing Guarantee Scheme, as well as work on Starter Homes, Affordable Home Ownership, and Right to Buy policies. Before that she worked for a large housing association.

Louise also has an MSc in Housing and Regeneration from the London School of Economics, and lives in Surbiton with her husband and two small children.

Louise Hedges YMCA LSW Trustee