s1Sarah Axford:

I have been with YMCA Manchester since 2008. I came from a background in adolescent mental health. I have a degree in youth work and a passion for young people’s health and wellbeing and creating training and education opportunities for young people that encourage personal development.

I manage the youth and community department and it’s range of projects and programmes and I’m also the safeguarding manager.  I sit on the YMCA England health and wellbeing strategic committee which aims to influence national policy.

In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends.

JBJohn Boardman:

I have over ten years experience across the charitable and educational sectors and have been with YMCA Manchester since 2014 in a role that directly impacts the development of projects and services for children and young people.

Key responsibilities include working on our annual challenge events calendar to raise awareness of our Youth and Community work and grow supporter engagement. I also build and manage relationships with a range of trusts and grant providers to increase funding streams to support our projects.

I currently sit on the National YMCA England Brand Steering Group, and outside of work I enjoy running, photography and live music.

C1Cheryl Jackson:

My name is Cheryl Jackson I have recently started working at YMCA Manchester as the Inspiring Futures Project Coordinator. My background is within Community Development and Welfare to Work as an Employment Consultant, supporting and upskilling individuals who have been long term unemployed, ex-offenders, lone parent and young adults aged 16-24 who are not in employment, education or training.

I look forward to this new role as I will be working within an environment and with a new client group and responsibilities. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and everything arts & crafts especially sewing, and I also love to travel and socialise with my friends.


Chris finalChris Timpson

I’m Chris and I work as a Sports Tutor within The Youth and Community Team at YMCA Manchester.

I have an honours degree in health, personal training and exercise management and have been involved in the sport and fitness industry for the past five years.

My Role within the team is to lead sports and fitness vocational qualifications for 14-18 year old alternative provision students from the local area.