Trustee and governance

At Central YMCA we are governed by a board of trustees made up of successful figures in the fields of health, education, finance, media and communications. Each member brings with them expertise that helps us achieve our goal of making people healthier, happier and more fulfilled.

Andrew Beal

Chair

Andrew Beal is a seasoned senior executive with 28 years financial services experience. He reported at board level for many years and led diverse teams of highly skilled individuals in Asia, Europe and the US, working for blue chip companies including Schroders, Janus Henderson, Allianz and Deutsche Bank. Andrew left financial services in 2017 and now runs his own company providing coaching, mentoring and consulting services to senior executives.

Susan Morton

Deputy Chair

Susan Morton recently retired as the Group Human Resources director of Carillion plc. Previously over the past 35 years she has undertaken executive roles in manufacturing, finance and service businesses. Susan is on the board of Aston University Business School, Tindal Academy and is actively involved with mentoring business women and teachers.

Dr. Amandip Bahia

Trustee

Amandip (Dip) is a highly respected organisation development consultant, Business and Clinical Psychologist. After 15 years professional practice as a Clinical Psychologist working within the NHS Dip now undertakes consulting assignments in the corporate world. 
Her clinical experience includes working with individuals of all ages who are experiencing a range of severe and enduring mental health difficulties including Psychosis, Personality Disorder, Autism and Aspergers. With her more recent consulting work focused on a range of issues including strategy, performance, culture and leadership development.   

Melissa Bryant

Apprentice Trustee

Melissa Bryant is the UK Media Lead for the World Bank, where she advises senior leadership on high-impact communication strategies and provides guidance on reputational risk management. Melissa is a former journalist with a passion for story-telling and has helped to strengthen the public engagement strategies of organisations such as Privacy International and the Commonwealth Secretariat. At the World Bank, Melissa is her team’s focal point on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, and recently led a project to promote a more inclusive onboarding environment.

Glenn Dunn

Trustee

Glenn Dunn is a commercial real estate partner at the Mayfair law firm, Forsters LLP where he has worked for over 15 years.  In addition to his trusteeship with Central YMCA, Glenn is a trustee of the Parish of Old St Pancras and Churchwarden of his local church in Camden Town. Glenn's interests outside his professional and charitable work include directing the London-based big band "Any Swing Goes", theatre and genealogy.

Professor Ian John Govendir MA FRSA MinstF

Trustee

Ian has worked in the voluntary sector since 1992 he has a master’s degree from Lancaster University which majored in Marketing. He has worked for the British Red Cross, The National Deaf Children’s Society, he was the CEO of the British Lung Foundation, in 2009 he founded Aids Orphan UK Trust. He has advised the UN Democracy Fund and has worked for Queens’ College Cambridge. Before the voluntary sector, he worked in marketing for Sony UK and Honeywell computers. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University. Ian had been interested in the middle east political scene from a young age, he is an amateur photographer and likes to visit historic buildings.

Anne-Marie Laing

Trustee

Anne-Marie Laing is a Fellow at the ICAEW and works as a transformation consultant for Private Equity backed investments. She is passionate about ESG and whilst a Partner at Zolfo Cooper LLP and AlixPartners LLP created a charitable foundation which supported local small charities grow. She served on the Finance and Audit committee and has recently been made chair of the Resources Committee. Her professional career has covered multiple sectors and she has acted for and advised a broad range of stakeholders to help transform businesses. Anne-Marie is a wife and mother to four boys and enjoys spending leisure time together with her family in their house in France and at various sporting events.

Tim Lissimore

Trustee

Tim Lissimore is Senior Deputy Head at Wilson’s School, one of the oldest state schools in the UK. Having trained and taught at schools in London and Essex, he has been responsible for teaching, pupil wellbeing, SEN, professional development and safeguarding. As a pianist, he has performed, accompanied and examined widely alongside his roles in education.

Yusuf Nurbhai

Trustee

Yusuf is a managing director at State Street in the financial services sector, where he has worked for over 14 years in a variety of roles within trading, fintech, governance and strategy. He has reported at board level for many years and led diverse teams in Europe, Asia and the US. In addition to his trusteeship with Central YMCA, Yusuf works closely with the charity Street League, which uses the power of sport to tackle poverty and give young people the opportunities they need to succeed in life and the workplace.

Dr. Cheryl Turner

Trustee

Cheryl is a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning and Work Institute who brings a wealth of relevant experience to our post 16 offer having worked in higher, further, and adult and community education for over 40 years, and in support of Third Sector providers.
She has worked for key sector bodies such as the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, and government departments, with her experience ranging from teaching and community outreach to research and policy development. She has also served on a number of Boards, most recently as Chair at a residential adult education college.  

Peter Wright

Trustee

Peter is an experienced commercial executive with a focus on the technology and consumer leisure sector, and is currently serving as Managing Director of the Fitness vertical for Evercommerce, a NASDAQ quoted North American technology company.
Over the past 20 years Peter has held senior executive positions across multiple private equity backed large health club operators including Virgin Active and Xercise4less.
Having started his fitness career at the YMCA in Sheffield he is passionate about making health & fitness accessible to more people.

Stephen Varma

Trustee

Stephen is a senior risk management professional with over 20 years of international, strategic and front-line experience within FTSE 100/250 businesses.
His experience spans the Infrastructure, Transportation, Energy & Utilities, Mining, Commodities Sales and Trading sectors and he has been involved in providing support to governmental bodies and non-profits around the world on issues as diverse as public infrastructure, ESG and social mobility.

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