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


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.

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.

Dr. Amandip Bahia


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.   

Dr. Cheryl Turner


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.  

Gani Lawal

Apprentice Trustee

Passionate about promoting inclusion and wellbeing. Gani has significant Financial Services expertise gained on both sides of the regulatory divide, allowing her to add hopefully a greater level of understanding and insight of the complexities and challenges faced both by firms operating in the City and from a regulatory perspective. This includes domestic and international organisations.
She has served on the governing boards of multi-educational federation schools and regularly engages with the Boards of leading banks in her capacity as Group Firm Supervisor. 

Peter Wright


Peter is experienced senior commercial executive with a focus on technology and the consumer leisure sector, who recently served as CEO of the Xercise4Less a leading and large chain of health clubs.
A founding Director of Virgin Active in 1999, he was subsequently moved to lead and manage the South African arm of the business. He has also held board level positions in private equity businesses for over 10 years, working internationally for much of that time.  

Stephen Varma


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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