I ensure that YCI is effective and responsive in our partnerships with YMCAs throughout the world and maximise our impact. I have previously held a range of senior positions in the international aid and development sector in addition to a number of board roles. I have always strongly championed local leadership and am committed to our focus on youth and their livelihoods.
Chenai is a Strategy Executive at British Land. Prior to this, she was a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, where she gained several years of experience advising the top teams of some of the world’s largest organisations across multiple regions and industries. Chenai was born and raised in Zimbabwe.
Stephen has over twenty years of Executive Management experience within the Advertising and Digital Media industries. He has led Sales and Strategy teams across Asia Pacific, Europe and more recently on Global scale. He currently works at Google as Director of the Inbound Global Sales team, working with small and medium businesses on Google’s advertising products.
James joined RBS in 2008 to lead the strategic re positioning of the Global Banking & Markets business in response to the financial crisis. Since this time, James has held a number of different senior management and corporate client-facing roles across the bank. James is also the Chair of the YCI Finance Committee.
David has considerable and varied senior executive and non-executive experience. He has led and transformed a range of public benefit organisations including the Commonwealth Institute, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and Relate.
Ben is founding Partner of Minerva, the leadership services and executive search firm. He has around twenty years’ experience working with clients in the cultural, educational and third sectors.
Brian Murtagh is YMCA Ireland Development Officer for the Greater Dublin area where he manages Family Support Programmes and Mentoring programmes across Dublin.
Kerry was appointed Chief Executive of YMCA Scotland in January 2015. She has worked locally, nationally and internationally in the YMCA movement for over 22 years. She also worked for the International Development Education Association Scotland (IDEAS) between 2006-2007.
Michaela joined the Board in 2015. She is currently a member of our International Programmes Committee. In her professional life, she is currently Project Director, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust at Sightsavers and was previously Head of Programmes Delivery Unit at Plan UK.
Peter is Partner and Chief Financial Officer at All4Learn. He was previously the Asia Pacific Chief Financial Officer at KKR and over a 25 year career has held various senior positions within the financial services sector covering the UK; Asia; USA and Europe.
Grace Conacher spent the majority of her working career with the British Council, working in many different capacities in the UK and overseas.
Tim is currently on the board of trustees YMCA North London after many years working with Housing Associations such as Stonham, and Christian registered social landlords (RSLs) such as St Christopher’s Fellowship, Chapter 1 and most recently as CEO of Livability Housing. Tim is also YCI’s Safeguarding Lead.
Terry Waite has a long and distinguished record as a former hostage negotiator (having been a hostage); humanitarian and author.
Terry comes from Cheshire, where he was born in 1939, and on was first appointed as Education Advisor to the Anglican Bishop of Bristol. He and his family moved to Uganda in 1969 where he worked for the first African Anglican Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Around this time he founded the Southern Sudan Project, setting up aid and development programmes in the region.
In 1980 Terry joined the Private Staff of the Archbishop of Canterbury, successfully negotiating the release of several hostages from Iran and Libya and gained public attention. In January 1987, while negotiating for the release of Western hostages in Lebanon, he himself was taken captive and remained in captivity for 1,763 days, the first four years of which he spent in solitary confinement. Terry was released in November 1991.
Terry co-founded Y Care International in 1984, serving first as Chair, and now as President. He was awarded the MBE in 1983 and the CBE in 1992 and has received many awards including honorary doctorates from British and foreign universities.