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.


Mark Andrews


Mark Andrews had a long and distinguished legal career with the firm now known as Dentons UKMEA (formerly Denton Wilde sapte) and was a partner in the firm for 32 years. For a large part of his career, Mark was heavily involved in the management of the firm and was a member of the firm’s Board for a total of 18 years. As chairman/senior partner of Wilde Sapte and deputy chairman of Denton Wilde Sapte (having negotiated and implemented the merger which created that firm), Mark provided leadership to the firm at a critical stage of its development, provided close support to the firm’s CEO and led the board on all aspects of the firm’s internal management including strategy formulation, international development, risk and remuneration issues. As a working lawyer, he was one of the world’s best-regarded restructuring and insolvency experts. Following his retirement from legal practice, he takes non-executive board appointments, charity trusteeships and consultancy appointments. He is currently Chair of Trustees at the Crescent Support Group and a Trustee of Dulwich Picture Gallery. Mark is also a performing singer and French horn player, a keen historian and an ornithologist. 

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.

Allan Smith


Having graduated in Mechanical Engineering, Allan joined British Nuclear Fuels and achieved Chartered Engineer status. He was then responsible for the operations of the largest enrichment plant in Europe. After successive promotions in Operations and Commissioning and completing an MBA from Lancaster University, he became responsible for leading commercial change in Magnox Division. He left BNFL and after working for three consultancies, formed his own company, Corporate Dynamics (UK) Ltd.

Having worked for a variety of clients including Oracle, Nokia, and Dell, he now focuses on the Education sector and is currently working with The Education Company and GL Education.

Kathryn Baker


Kathryn Baker is a post-16 education professional, working in the sector for over 20 years. Kathryn is currently an Executive Director of Somerset Skills & Learning CIC Ltd with accountability for curriculum development and implementation, quality improvement and business development. Previous to this she was the Director of Funding, Information & Resources at Somerset College. During her career, within the sector, she has undertaken a variety of roles from tutor to senior manager.

Andrew Beal


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.

Philippa Campbell


Philippa Campbell is a chartered accountant who undertakes interim work at Financial Director level. She has extensive experience in the social housing and charity sectors. Philippa represented Great Britain from 1997-2007 at dragon boat racing and remains interested in sport and outdoor activities. She has previously served on the boards of Berkshire Women’s Aid and Guinness Care & Support.

Glenn Dunn


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


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.

Tony Griffiths


Tony Griffiths is a chartered surveyor who is Director of the London Residential Valuation department of Savills, the property services agency. Tony has been a member of Central YMCA Club for over 20 years and was a member of the Club Council prior to becoming a Trustee of Central YMCA. He is also a Governor of St Mary’s RC school in Clapham, London.

Colleen Harris MVO DL


Colleen Harris is a communications professional and writer who has spent 30 years developing and managing strategies for Government Ministers, the UK Royal Family and multilateral organisations including as the Press Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales, PRO to the former Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher, and as Communications Consultant at the WHO and the UN. Wishing to spend more time with her family, Colleen built her own PR and coaching consultancy. She serves on the Board of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and is also a Member of Cancer Research. Colleen studied as a teacher and supports projects that support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential, such as Ebony Horse Club in Brixton and the Tutu Foundation.

Anne-Marie Laing


Anne-Marie Laing is an active partner and chartered accountant at AlixPartners. She is responsible for developing their CSR policies and has also created a charitable foundation which she chairs today. The foundation to date has made over £700,000 of donations to local charities. Anne-Marie has also personally mentored managers of small charities, notably Spitalfields City Farm. Her career has covered multiple sectors acting for and advising a broad range of stakeholders, who are facing financial challenges and need to transform. Anne-Marie is a wife and mother to four boys and enjoys spending leisure time together in their house in France as well as on many a sports pitch.

Tim Lissimore


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.

Jan Lloyd


Jan Lloyd was a Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) for Ofsted, where she was the National Lead for Employability and Skills. Prior to her appointment as an HMI she had been an Inspector for the Training Standards Council and Adult Learning Inspectorate. Her particular areas of expertise are in preparation for life and work, employability training, traineeships and study programmes. She previously set up her own training consulting company and worked with training providers and national and international companies for over 10 years before becoming an Inspector. She has previously worked as a teacher and has a Masters in Educational Studies. She also has over 10 years’ experience working in a youth and community service

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