YMCA Manchester is governed by a board of trustees who volunteer their time to help direct our work.
Andrew Birtwistle, Chair
Andrew was appointed chair in 2011 having been a trustee since 2005.
He is currently Managing Director of three companies involved in industrial property development, investment and construction.
Over his career, Andrew has been a Director of 31 companies covering a wide range of operational businesses. In addition to his broad knowledge on property, Andrew has extensive experience in leading and managing teams. Andrew also chairs the Castlefield Hotel Board, the Gym Subcommittee and is a member of the Youth and Community subcommittee.
John Beswick (Vice Chair)
John joined the Board in 2001. He was introduced, by his parents, as a toddler to the YMCA and has been an active member ever since with a particular interest in Fives and Wrestling .
Having obtained a BA Hons PGCE , John initially worked as a teacher but for the last 30 years, he has run his own sales business.
Given John’s extensive experience in sales, he is focussed on providing, where commercially feasible, excellent customer service.
John William (Bill) Cooper, Trustee
Bill has been a member of the Board since prior to 1998. An Associate of the Institute of Wood Science, he was formerly Managing Director of a timber and export packaging company. Post retirement, Bill worked for many years with a charity helping vulnerable young teenagers. He is a member of the Youth and Community subcommittee. Bill is also a trustee of Heartlift charity and a coach in wrestling at Lifestyle centre , Wythenshawe. On the Board, Bill has a keen interest in the Clubs associated with Manchester YMCA and in ensuring that the organisation continues to be a diverse and inspiring place for the members and young people.
Sylvia Hood, Trustee
Sylvia is a photographic stylist and a Director of Peterloo Studios 05 Ltd.
She joined the Manchester YMCA in the early 1980s just at the time women were allowed full membership . In 1987 , Sylvia became one of the first women members to join the Board and she is still an active Board and gym member today.
Sylvia has an eye for detail and is passionate about getting things right first time.
Carol O’Hare, Trustee
Carol joined the Board in January 2017 as a trustee with a background in Finance . She has a degree in Economics, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Tax.
She retired as a tax partner from PWC mid 2015 . Throughout her career , Carol has held a number of management positions and specialised in providing taxation advice to a wide range of organisations.
Carol has a keen interest in enabling young people to achieve their potential irrespective of background or circumstances . She is currently a member of the Youth and Community Subcommittee. Carol also sits on the Board of Mahdlo, a registered charity and state of the art Youth Zone for young people in Oldham.
Graham Rothwell, Trustee
Graham joined the Board in 2014.
In addition to his Bsc Hons degree in Sports Science , Graham is a qualified Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapist and has obtained several other coaching qualifications. 34 years of his career was spent as a uniformed fire fighter and fire officer followed by 4 years as a non uniformed fitness advisor to the fire service.
Graham is an volunteer member of the Y Club and has recently joined the Y Club sub committee. He also runs a local football club , is a member of the Leagues Football Management Committee and until 2016 had been a member of the National Firefit Steering Group for 14 years.
On the Board, Graham is focussed on being proactive for and a voice for members and volunteers.
Reverend Canon Simon Gatenby, Honorary Chaplain
Simon is the Honorary chaplain, leading a team of 12 volunteer chaplains, and serves as an ex-officio member of the YMCA Board.
He has 30 years experience of urban parish ministry, and is enthused wherever supportive, inclusive and aspirational communities can be developed. He continues an active interest and involvement in youth work, not least as his partner is founder/manager of the acclaimed M13 youth project.
Additional responsibilities include serving as a tutor to Westcott House Cambridge Theological College, Cambridge, Honorary Canon at Manchester Cathedral, Governor at Medlock Primary School, and a member of the Manchester YMCA Youth and Community subcommittee.
Ray Mashiter, Trustee
Ray joined the Board in 2014 having been an active member of the YMCA for over 10 years. He is the elected representative of Salford City Council and Chair of Salford Planning Authority. An engineering graduate of Salford University , he was an instrumentation scientist before being appointed to his current role.
In addition to his commitment to the YMCA , Ray is involved in a number of Community Committees and Service Boards and Salford Lads Club.
One of Ray’s priorities is supporting local young people to gain the very best start in life.
Derek Butterworth, Trustee
Derek joined the Board in 1994. He was a partner for many years in a firm of Quantity Surveyors. Derek has been actively involved in the major property acquisitions/ventures undertaken by the Manchester YMCA such as the move to Castlefield, the Bright Eyes Childcare Centre and the former 125 Club.
On the Board, Derek has a keen interest in the infrastructure and maintenance of the buildings and continues to provide advice, when requested, to the maintenance team.
Gavin Tucker, Trustee
Gavin has been a member of the Y Club for nearly 10 years , taking his interest in mountain biking into the Y Club studio as a volunteer spin instructor.
Gavin qualified as a certified accountant in 1996. He has worked in the accountancy profession for nearly 28 years and has spent the last 19 years providing VAT advice to a diverse range of businesses and organisations in the not for profit sector.
During this time, Gavin has had to use his skills to deliver projects, manage teams and associated budgets, all of which can be utilised to help maintain the ongoing operational and financial position of the Manchester YMCA .
Paul joined the Board in 2012. He started his career as a semi professional footballer with his fitness regime including sessions at the Manchester YMCA. As a member of the CIPD , he spent many years in Human Resources before joining the family construction business.
Paul began to lead keep fit circuit classes at the Club over 40 years ago and has been doing so regularly ever since.
He is a member of the Y Club subcommittee .
On the Board , Paul continues to take an interest in HR matters and in ensuring that volunteer members are adequately represented.
John Sharples, Trustee
John joined the YMCA in 1968 and was elected to the Board in 1980 to represent the football and cricket clubs.
In business he worked for a major insurance company for 30 years. After retirement he completed a BA and MSC in Corporate Finance at MMU and Salford Universities.
John currently serves as District Chairman for a football club and Manager for Lancashire 60’s cricket group