Central YMCA appoints Ryan Palmer as new interim Chief Executive

Central YMCA, a leading education, health and wellbeing charity, is pleased to announce that Ryan Palmer has been appointed as the new interim Chief Executive.
1 February 2023

Ryan will guide the Charity in its mission to create improved access to life-changing opportunities.

Ryan succeeds Arvinda Gohil OBE, who announced in October 2022 her intention to step down from Central YMCA. Arvinda steered the charity through a challenging tenure, with the impact of a pandemic, energy and cost of living crisis, and has helped this historic charity continue to find creative and meaningful ways to support its communities.

Ryan first joined the charity almost a decade ago and has extensive experience in the education sector as well as a wealth of knowledge of the fitness and wellbeing landscape. Ryan was most recently Chief Revenue Officer at Central YMCA, leading the charity’s income generation strategy and responsible for growing and diversifying the provision on offer.

“The Board is delighted to appoint Ryan as its new interim CEO. His extensive experience and knowledge of the charity will serve him well in his new role. We are confident that he will work hard with the team to continue developing Central YMCA's services and we wish him every success. With the near term leadership of the charity secured, the board will look to appoint a permanent CEO over the next few months.”
Andrew Beal, Chair of Central YMCA
“I am thrilled and honoured to lead Central YMCA at such an exciting time. Upholding Central YMCA's history of breaking down barriers to allow all to reach their full potential, I look forward to working with our key partners to help grow our reach and impact, alongside continuing to deliver our programming and provision in our communities and beyond."
Ryan Palmer, Interim Chief Executive