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EmmaEmma Connolly:

Emma joined YMCA Manchester in September 2017. She came from a background in teaching, vocational training and programme management. She is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to develop confidence and overcome potential barriers in their lives so they can reach their full potential. She cares about quality, maximising impact for the young people involved in our programmes and ensuring that young people have a voice in the development and evaluation of programmes.

Emma manages the youth and community department and its range of projects and programmes.


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 and Wales Brand Steering Group, and outside of work I enjoy running, photography and live music.


CherylCheryl 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 (1)Chris Timpson

I have been a fitness professional for more than 6 years with experience in commercial, corporate and private sectors. I come from a strong background in fitness education with an honours degree in Health Studies, Personal Training & Exercise Management.

Within The Youth and Community Team I am The Lead Training and Education Tutor. I Lead a team of tutors in the delivery and development of a range of YMCA Awards accredited sports and fitness qualifications. In my spare time I like to play football, exercise in the gym and spend time with my family and friends.