nicola josephNicole Joseph:

Nicole Joseph is our Head of Youth Community Services, she has  over thirty years’ experience of working in the public sector with vulnerable young  people and their families. Over fifteen of those years have been spent directly managing and leading multi-agency teams dealing with both strategic and operational issues in order to meet the needs of families and young people experiencing personal challenges. Nicole has extensive experience of commissioning and has led on marketing and funding strategies in order to generate income.

 Partnership working between the public, private and voluntary sectors has been a key element to the success of her work; she has  led stakeholder engagement activity in a complex and politically demanding environment at local and regional levels.

Nicole is a skilled communicator and excellent public speaker, who is able to adapt a message to diverse audiences, she has presented to local authorities scrutiny committees , at Westminster to MP, at conferences, and to young people and local residents

Nicole has worked with homeless people, asylum seekers and with people experiencing mental health issues.  This has taken her to London,  Birmingham and across greater Manchester and the North West.

Her interest are wide and varied , she enjoys creativity and has delivered ceramic workshops to the deaf and blind community in Stockport, she is an avid swimmer and when weather permits she swims outdoors in lakes and the sea, she has a love of horses and helped out at a stables in Newbury park London for two years. Above all she has a commitment to make a positive difference to the lives of those around her, whether that be in paid work or in a  voluntary capacity .


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.

gemmaGemma Sarsfield:


I joined the YMCA in February 2018 and have worked in education for almost ten years. After completing a degree in Physical Education, followed by a PGDE, I began my teaching career as a Sports Lecturer in a Sixth Form College before venturing to South Africa to work with underprivileged children. My role with the YMCA involves both overseeing, and delivering, a range of sports based vocational qualifications to young people aged 11-18 years.


emma davis picEmma Davis:

I will be taking the exciting role of the Mental Health Champions Project Manager within the Youth and Community Department.

Having over 10 years’ experience of working directly within the field of Health & Wellbeing in a community setting. I have successfully provided support and awareness to a large diverse range of people both in terms of individual support in a therapeutic setting, interactive group workshop’s, community based awareness seminars and structured activities to help foster awareness and skills of self-care/management primarily within NHS, local IAPT services, and various Mental health services across the UK.

Working for YMCA Manchester is a dream come true and joining such a relevant and forward thinking and unique project is the ideal next step. I am amazed at the incredible work you do and I’m really excited to jump in and be an active part of the team!

In my personal life I love salsa, sport’s, travelling, networking and spending quality time with friends and family.

Please contact me if you are interested in getting involved with the Mental Health Champions project. You can reach me via email at emmad@ymcamanchester.org.uk or pop in I would love to say hello.