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Our Trustees

Anthony Chandler

Anthony Chandler is a teacher and Anglican priest with a life of experience in March and the development of the Peterborough New Township.  Anthony has been involved with the YMCA for 15 years and is most interested in the services and projects delivered to clients.

Originally trained as a teacher, Anthony opened St. Johns Church School in Orton Goldhay with the associated Orton Family Centre, and a centre of worship for several denominations and a wide range of community activities.  Anthony has been involved with youth work locally and nationally in a voluntary capacity including ten years for the Scout Association as one of the people responsible for their eleven to sixteen year olds programme and the development of the Audit Leader Training for the section.

Anthony trained as an Anglican priest whilst working in the Ely Diocesan Education Office and in 2000 was appointed as Rector of two parishes in March, March St Peter and March St Mary.  He retired in 2012 but stayed on as priest in charge at St Marys for two years to complete the restoration of the church that was completely destroyed by fire in 2010.  The building has been beautifully and sensitively designed for community use.

Ian Dow

Ian Dow joined the Board of the YMCA in 2009 and is now its Chair.

He retired from a career working in multi-national companies, where he held senior positions, and has a lot of experience improving organisations, and enabling them to do more.  Ian is experienced in change and project management, and has been central to the development of the current strategy.  He has been involved with the development of facilities in Peterborough, and more recently in Cambridge and the surrounding area.  He was Chair of the Oversight Committee and Chair of the Board of the Cresset, which is a wholly-own subsidiary of the YMCA and provides complimentary facilities in Peterborough.  He is Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Ian has been involved with several charities since the early 1990s, nut now concentrates on the YMCA.  He believes that a lot of young people with problems have not had the right opportunities or guidance.  In the YMCA we have highly skilled people who can guide youngsters to achieve something in their lives.  The success rate is good, but we need to increase our resources to deal with more people.  This is a key role for the Board.

Amanda Pauling

Amanda Pauling joined the Board of the YMCA in 2013 and lives near Peterborough.  She has worked in the housing and homeless field since 1997 most recently as a Director of Homeless Services for South London YMCA.  She has a particular interest in ensuring that YMCA services provide the best possible support to young people particularly those who are vulnerable and experiencing social exclusion, that the highest standards of housing management are being delivered across the organisation and also in helping to ensure that the YMCA is a great place to work.

Amanda sits on the Oversight Committee.  She comes with experience of large scale redevelopment of buildings and services to meet the changing needs of statutory funders and the local community and seeks to contribute to the YMCA to ensure that it continues to meet the ongoing needs of young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Ewan Cappitt

Ewan Cappitt joined the Board of Peterborough YMCA in 1998, which merged to become YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.  He lives in Peterborough and spent more than 30 years with a firm of Consulting Civil Engineers specialising in the planning, development and design of major industrial and commercial projects.  Since 2004 he has variously served as a member of the Management Services’, Corporate Services’ & Oversight Committees & as a YMCA representative on the Board of the Peterborough Cresset.

He joined the YMCA to try and assist people less fortunate than himself, to give them a better start in life than they have so far had.  Amongst his other voluntary activities are helping to co-ordinate a local Foodbank outlet and to cook meals for OAPs.

Julie Horne

Julie Horne joined the Board of the YMCA in 2015 and is part of the Fundraising and Marketing Steering Group. She lives just outside Cambridge and has worked and run businesses in Cambridge for the over 30 years.

Julie is an entrepreneur with a professional background in teaching, consulting and leadership coaching. She works with many business leaders in Cambridge and London and also gives time for developmental work with young people through the ‘entrepreneur in Residence’ scheme at Anglia Ruskin University, and as a mentor for young people at The Princes Trust and Aspire Groups.

Julie has three children at University and knows how challenging it can be for young people to launch into independent life even with a stable family and good education. How much more difficult when the odds are stacked against you?  Hearing about the work of the YMCA and some of the difficulties it has in obtaining funds to support projects and services to help young people has motivated her to see if she can find ways of engaging more business leaders and private funds in their work.

Mary Sanders

Mary Sanders joined the YMCA Board in 2002.  She is a freelance science editor and lives in Cambridge.  Her background is in science, education and working with young people.  Mary is Chair of the Oversight Committee, which is key to ensuring that the organisation is governed appropriately.  It has the responsibility for the scrutiny of the arrangements for Health & Safety, Personnel, HR, Finance and Risk Assessment.

She is involved with this YMCA because she wants to see young people realise their potential, whatever their starting point, and is particularly involved in supporting a project to help young people back into employment.  Mary’s other voluntary activities include being a Governor at a local Community College and chairing the local Council for Voluntary Service.

Antonia Maclean

Antonia Maclean joined the Board of the YMCA in 2011.  She runs an organisation effectiveness company and lives near Peterborough.  Her background in the organisation of business and board development has assisted with our YMCA Board’s work in the last 18 months.  Antonia sits on the Oversight committee, is involved in trustee recruitment and is looking at how to increase the participation of young people at Board level.

She is involved in this YMCA because she wants to contribute to an organisation that gives the variety of young people another chance to achieve a better life with prospects for themselves.  She is impressed by the leading edge projects the YMCA do in a range of communities across Cambridgeshire.  Antonia’s other voluntary activities include being Chair of a Building Preservation Trust, near Peterborough

Andy Lucas

Andy Lucas joined the YMCA Board in 2015.  He has over 25 years of commercial experience focused around marketing, sales, customer service and IT from roles in public, private and not for profit organisations.  Andy currently works as a Director of a Cambridge-based financial services organisation, which also brings him into active involvement with a number of Cambridgeshire-based charities and voluntary organisations.

Andy has also been an active volunteer in working with young people for most of his adult life, with different Christian organisations and firmly believes in giving people the right support and challenge to help them understand and achieve their potential – an equally important aim he’s had for his family as they’ve been growing up.  He wants to use his skills and experience in continuing to develop still further the range, reach and quality of the services the YMCA can offer, building on the substantial success already achieved.

Sarah Browne

Sarah Browne joined the Board of the YMCA in 2015 and is part of the Fundraising and Marketing Steering Group. She lives in the centre of Cambridge and works as a business coach and marketing consultant.

Sarah has had a mixed career, spending seven years working as a veterinary surgeon before joining the corporate world and gaining experience in FMCG and hospitality.  She has more recently trained as a business coach.

Sarah joined the YMCA Board of Trustees after hearing about the work of the YMCA. She was surprised and impressed by the variety of projects and services that the YMCA offers to support, often disadvantaged and vulnerable, young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future. She wanted to contribute something to this and is hoping that her background in marketing and communications will help to drive increased awareness of the YMCA and its work.

Sarah is also involved with the M.S. Society as a Research Network member.