City YMCA London is an independent charity affiliated to the global YMCA movement that was founded in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral in 1844. Our work is based on the ethos of the international movement and we work across some of London's most deprived boroughs of Islington, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney.
We passionately believe that every young person should have the opportunity to build a future of their own choosing. Over the past forty years we have helped 30,000 isolated, homeless young people struggling with family breakdown, school exclusion, poor mental health and drug and alcohol problems. From emergency beds through to supported longer-term accommodation our hostel occupancy currently runs at 98%, a stark demonstration of the need for this provision.
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City YMCA London has a Board of Trustees who oversee governance matters and they are responsible under the charity's governing document for controlling the management and administration of the charity. They make decisions, set strategic direction and ensure that the work of the charity is carried out. Trustees of City YMCA London are themselves volunteers and therefore do not financial benefit from the work.
Trusteeship is a serious responsibility which requires members to take an active role in the governance of the organisation. There responsibilities include:
Gillian Bowen, Chief Executive
Gillian Bowen JP, MBA, MA is the Chief Executive Officer. She has been with City YMCA for over 6 years and has held previous Chief Executive Officer positions. She has a background of leading youth organisations having previously held Chief Executive Officer and Director positions. Gillian also has experience of front line youth work having started her career working in Young Offender Institutions and working with disadvantaged young people. She has been in the youth field for 20 years, has experience of working in the private sector and is responsible for the strategic leadership of City YMCA. Gillian is also Magistrate and sits on the Central London Bench (Adult and Youth Court
John Faulkner, Director of Operations,
John has been with City YMCA for 7 years. He has worked for big blue chip companies including, T-Mobile, Santander, Wickes, NatWest over a period of 18 years with 11 years at a senior management level. He is responsible for the strategic direction, reporting and management of all operation functions in City YMCA, including housing, catering, conferencing, properties, facilities, maintenance and housekeeping.
Chris East, Appeal Director
Chris East is an accomplished third sector leader and Capital Appeal Fundraiser having successfully raised over £28m for good causes to-date. He has an ability to reinvigorate an organisation, redefining the public’s perception of the cause whilst instilling an energy, passion and confidence that secures income and creates success. Chris is founder of The Giving Business, the retained Fundraising Advisor for Haysmacintyre Accountants, co-founder of Pakistani art and culture company Riwayat and a member of Third Sector think tank CResCAT.
Emir Feisal, Director of Business and Finance
Emir is a qualified Chartered Accountant both from the ICAEW and CIMA. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is also a Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors and holds an MSc in Strategic Management Accounting. He has undertaken a number of transformational change project as a consultant in the recent past, ranging from a 130 year old Independent girls School to an SME involved in dementia care. The majority of his career was spent at the Sunday Times as Associate Managing Editor. The remit of the role was to manage the ‘executive functions’ of the organization, effectively a CFO, leaving the ‘written word’ to the Editor. He looked after all areas of strategic development, financial management (£120M), HR (400 FTE), facilities, IT infrastructure and risk, both internal and external. He had financial responsibility for overseas offices in Washington, New York, Paris, Dubai, Cairo and Moscow. He was also heavily involved in the strategic development of the Paper’s digital transformation. This led to the Sunday Times App being voted the best app in the world in 2013. He is a Magistrate for the Central London Bench for both the adult and family Courts, and listens to Appeals at the Crown Court including the Old Bailey.
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8 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8SE
30-50 Cadogan Terrace Hackney London E9 5EJ
Tel: 0208 525 2440
167 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT
Tel: 020 7549 0470
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