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Emma Connolly
Head of Youth and Community Services
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.

T: 0161 837 3510
Michael Gandy
Chief Executive
Mike has worked for the Manchester YMCA since 2008. He spent the first six years leading the finance department through challenging times before moving into the Chief Executive position at the beginning of 2015.

Mike holds a degree in Physics from York University and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant. His working life saw him starting out as a computer programmer and a nuclear analyst before settling on a career in finance. A wide range of roles followed encompassing the retail, leisure and financial services sectors and work in the USA and Spain.

Keeping fit by playing badminton, cycling and running, his ambition is to break 4 hours for a marathon.

Tel: 0161 837 3510
John Boardman
Partnership Development Manager
John Boardman has been the Partnership and Development Manager at YMCA Manchester since 2014.

Enjoying a role which directly impacts the lives of children and young people he is responsible for building and managing relationships with a range of charitable foundations, trusts and grant providers to grow supporter engagement and increase funding streams that support the strategic direction of YMCA Manchester and develop crucial projects and services for children and young people.

T: 0161 837 3510