Andrew Birtwistle, Chair

Andrew was appointed chair in 2011 having been a trustee since 2005.

He is currently Managing Director of three companies involved in industrial property development, investment and construction.

Over his career, Andrew has been a Director of 31 companies covering a wide range of operational businesses. In addition to his broad knowledge on property, Andrew has extensive experience in leading and managing teams. Andrew also chairs the Castlefield Hotel Board and is a member of the Y Club subcommittee.

Carol O’Hare, Vice-Chair

Carol joined the Board in January 2017 as a trustee with a background in Finance. She has a degree in Economics, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Tax.

She retired as a tax partner from PWC mid 2015 . Throughout her career , Carol has held a number of management positions and specialised in providing taxation advice to a wide range of organisations.

Carol has a keen interest in enabling young people to achieve their potential irrespective of background or circumstances . She is currently a member of the Youth and Community Subcommittee. Carol also sits on the Board of Mahdlo, a registered charity and state of the art Youth Zone for young people in Oldham.

Graham Rothwell, Trustee

Graham joined the Board in 2014.

In addition to his Bsc Hons degree in Sports Science , Graham is a qualified Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapist and has obtained several other coaching qualifications.  34 years of his career was spent as a uniformed fire fighter and fire officer followed by 4 years as a non uniformed fitness advisor to the fire service.

Graham is an volunteer member of the Y Club and has recently joined the Y Club sub committee. He also runs a local football club , is a member of the Leagues Football Management Committee and until 2016 had been a member of the National Firefit Steering Group for 14 years.

On the Board, Graham is focussed on being proactive for and a voice for members and volunteers.

Reverend Canon Simon Gatenby, Trustee and Honorary Chaplain

Simon is the Honorary chaplain, leading a team of 12 volunteer chaplains, and serves as a member of the YMCA Board.

He has 30 years experience of urban parish ministry, and is enthused wherever supportive, inclusive and aspirational communities can be developed. He continues an active interest and involvement in youth work, not least as his partner is founder/manager of the acclaimed M13 youth project.

Additional responsibilities include serving as a tutor to Westcott House Cambridge Theological College, Cambridge, Honorary Canon at Manchester Cathedral, Governor at Medlock Primary School, and a member of the Manchester YMCA Youth and Community subcommittee.

Ray Mashiter, Trustee

Ray joined the Board in 2014 having been an active member of the YMCA for over 10 years. He is the elected representative of Salford City Council and Chair of Salford Planning  Authority. An engineering graduate of Salford University , he was an instrumentation scientist before being appointed to his current role.

In addition to his commitment to the YMCA ,  Ray is involved in a number of Community Committees and Service Boards and Salford Lads Club.

One of Ray’s priorities is supporting local young people to gain the very best start in life.

Derek Butterworth, Trustee

Derek joined the Board in 1994. He was a partner for many years in a firm of Quantity Surveyors. Derek has been actively involved in the major property acquisitions/ventures undertaken by the Manchester YMCA such as the move to Castlefield, the Bright Eyes Childcare Centre and the former 125 Club.

On the Board, Derek has a keen interest in the infrastructure and maintenance of the buildings and continues to provide advice, when requested, to the maintenance team.

Gavin Tucker, Trustee

Gavin has been a member of the Y Club for nearly 10 years , taking his interest in mountain biking into the Y Club studio as a volunteer spin instructor.

Gavin qualified as a certified accountant in 1996. He has worked in the accountancy profession  for nearly 28 years and has spent the last 19  years providing VAT advice to a diverse range of businesses and organisations in the not for profit sector.

During this time, Gavin has had to use his skills to deliver projects, manage teams and associated budgets, all of which can be utilised to help maintain the ongoing operational and financial position of the Manchester YMCA.

Paul Hudders, Trustee

Paul  joined the Board in 2012. He started his career as a semi professional footballer with his fitness regime including sessions at the Manchester YMCA.  As a member of the CIPD , he spent many years in Human Resources before joining the family construction business.

Paul began to lead keep fit circuit classes at the Club over 40 years ago and has been doing so regularly ever since.

He is a member of the Y Club subcommittee .

On the Board , Paul continues to take an interest in HR matters and in ensuring that volunteer members are adequately represented.

Carol Hamlett, Trustee

Carol joined the Board in 2019 after working for the YMCA for several years. Carol’s background is in finance and she was heavily involved in the ISO9001 accreditation that we achieved in 2017.

Occasionally we seek out new people with relevant skills to help strengthen our Board. If you are interested please contact mike@ymcamanchester.org.uk