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Our People
Sarah Axford
Youth and Community Team Manager
Sarah has been with YMCA Manchester since 2008. She came from a background in adolescent mental health. She has a degree in youth work and has a particular passion for young people’s health and wellbeing and creating training and education opportunities for young people that encourage personal development.

Sarah manages the youth and community department and it’s range of projects and programmes. She also sits on the national YMCA health and wellbeing strategic committee.

T: 0161 837 3535
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 3535