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Everyone has heard of the YMCA but not many know all the things we do. Perhaps it is because we do so much! What we do know is that most people are really surprised when they learn the extent of the work done by the Y in New Zealand.


The first thing we at the YMCA would like everyone to understand is that we are first and foremost a national community organisation. We work for every New Zealander and we want to engage with every New Zealander in a way that is positive. Sure, at heart we are youth centred but we work with people of all ages. It’s summed up in our by-line:

We Build Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Communities.


It's not just a slogan – we really believe that by helping children and young people to thrive, they will make great adults and parents. By working together with families, we strengthen that most important relationship of all – family/whanau.


Building on that, we believe that connected communities are strong communities and strong communities make a great New Zealand society.

Management
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Chris Knol

NCEO/General Secretary

Chris has recently joined YMCA as National Chief Executive Officer (NCEO). His commitment
to be a strong voice for and community builder is well known in sport, recreation and education.
Chris' past employment includes the Hillary Commission, New Zealand Mountain Safety Council
and Outdoors New Zealand. He has worked extensively throughout his career toward developing
and providing recreation opportunities for the people and communities he has served. Chris' role
as NCEO is to continue to build a vibrant YMCA community throughout New Zealand with the
organisation’s 12 regional associations. Chris is focused on enabling, supporting and strengthening YMCAs so they can continue to provide opportunities for all to belong to an inclusive, healthy and active community.

Chris has recently joined YMCA as National Chief Executive Officer (NCEO). His commitment to be a strong voice for and community builder is well knownin sport, recreation and education. Chris' past employment includes the Hillary Commission, New Zealand Mountain Safety Council and Outdoors New Zealand. He has worked extensively throughout his career toward developing and providing recreation opportunities for the people and communities he has served. Chris' role as NCEO is to continue to build a vibrant YMCA community throughout New Zealand with the organisation’s 12 regional associations. Chris is focused on enabling, supporting and strengthening YMCAs so they can continue to provide opportunities for all to belong to an inclusive, healthy and active community.

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Barbara Duley-Foote

Operations Manager

Barbara has worked for YMCA National for an impressive 18 years. Barbara joined YMCA
National headquarters in 1999 and she’s been hooked ever since. Her favourite part of the role is
communicating with all the local associations with whom she has built strong relationships. Barbara
has become a part of the YMCA, or as she puts it, the YMCA has become part of her.

Barbara has worked for YMCA National for an impressive 18 years. Barbara joined YMCA National headquarters in 1999 and she’s been hooked ever since. Her favourite part of the role is communicating with all the local associations with whom she has built strong relationships. Barbara has become a part of the YMCA, or as she puts it, the YMCA has become part of her.

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John Cudby

General Manager Education

John holds a Master's Degree in Education from Victoria University, Wellington. The focus of
his studies was Action Learning. This interest now plays an important part of John’s work with
YMCA as they move more toward inquiry based learning projects with our Foundation Education
programmes. These programmes are for young people who may otherwise miss out. The value of
education as a game changer in people's lives is well understood. This is what excites John about
coming to work each day – the opportunity to make a difference by enabling young people to thrive
and take their place in our community.

John holds a Master's Degree in Education from Victoria University, Wellington. The focus of his studies was Action Learning. This interest now plays an important part of John’s work with YMCA as they move more toward inquiry based learning projects with our Foundation Education programmes. These programmes are for young people who may otherwise miss out. The value of education as a game changer in people's lives is well understood. This is what excites John about coming to work each day – the opportunity to make a difference by enabling young people to thrive and take their place in our community.

Board Members
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Matt Roberts

President

Matt Roberts has been on the YMCA board since 2013. He has a proven track record in leadership,
business transformation, enhancing service levels, managing business and information systems risk,improving workflow processes and managing profitable relationships. He is also a
committee member of Diabetes New Zealand, a trustee of the John Nesfield Trust
and a mentor at the Massey University incubator which provides an innovative
ecosystem for entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

Matt Roberts has been on the YMCA board since 2013. He has a proven track record in leadership, business transformation, enhancing service levels, managing business and information systems risk,improving workflow processes and managing profitable relationships. He is also a committee member of Diabetes New Zealand, a trustee of the John Nesfield Trust and a mentor at the Massey University incubator which provides an innovative ecosystem for entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

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Born and raised in Christchurch, Steve’s work history includes teaching, PR and marketing, sales
and sales management, general management, HR consulting, finance and capital raising,
consulting in professional services firm environment and civil service. In addition to his
role with the Christchurch YMCA, Steve is involved in the sport of fencing as a coach;
administrator; former NZ representative; International Referee (having officiated
at Olympic and World Cup events); and manager of NZ teams at international
events. He was the Oceanic Zone member of the World Youth Games Board,
the entity that led to the establishment of the Youth Olympics.

Born and raised in Christchurch, Steve’s work history includes teaching, PR and marketing, sales and sales management, general management, HR consulting, finance and capital raising, consulting in professional services firm environment and civil service. In addition to his role with the Christchurch YMCA, Steve is involved in the sport of fencing as a coach; administrator; former NZ representative; International Referee (having officiated at Olympic and World Cup events); and manager of NZ teams at international events. He was the Oceanic Zone member of the World Youth Games Board, the entity that led to the establishment of the Youth Olympics.

Steve Clarke

Vice President

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Eileen Basher

Director

Eileen became involved with the YMCA as a Board member for Greater Wellington in 2018. She is sure that being part of several Y leadership programs as a teenager helped form her leadership skills today. She is keen to try and ensure that these programs deliver to
today’s youth. Eileen has strong governance experience through her senior
management roles. She is currently General Manager, Evidence and
Insights at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
(MBIE) where she leads a branch to deliver evidence and
insights to base policy decisions on and to monitor
the current situation in various sectors.

Eileen became involved with the YMCA as a Board member for Greater Wellington Region in 2018. She is sure that being part of several Y leadership programs as a teenager helped form her leadership skills today. She is keen to try and ensure that these programs deliver to today’s youth. Eileen has strong governance experience through her senior management roles. She is currently General Manager, Evidence and Insights at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) where she leads a branch to deliver evidence and insights to base policy decisions on and to monitor the current situation in various sectors.

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Hannah has worked in the youth sector as a youth worker, facilitator and researcher for over a
decade. Hannah has a BA in Geography and Sociology from Canterbury University. Her
experience with young people started with faith-based youth-work in various church
youth groups, and evolved into an interest in measuring if work on the ground had
any long-lasting effect. This inspired Hannah to do a post graduate degree in
Public Health and setting up her own business: Grassroots Research.
Hannah is particularly interested in assisting the YMCA movement
explore fresh ways to ensure youth participation and engagement.

Hannah has worked in the youth sector as a youth worker, facilitator and researcher for over a decade. Hannah has a BA in Geography and Sociology from Canterbury University. Her experience with young people started with faith-based youth-work in various church youth groups, and evolved into an interest in measuring if work on the ground had any long-lasting effect. This inspired Hannah to do a post graduate degree in
Public Health and setting up her own business: Grassroots Research. Hannah is particularly interested in assisting the YMCA movement explore fresh ways to ensure youth participation and engagement.

Hannah Dunlop

Director

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David Kranz

Director

David has been involved with the YMCA since 1975 when he attended the ‘Diploma of Youth and
Community Work’ course run and based at The National YMCA head office. This was the only
course at the time in New Zealand that focused on training Youth and Community workers.
David has worked for YMCA across Auckland as a Youth Worker, Camp Director and
General Manager. Having been on the front line, his role as a Director is to ensure
that the Y team have the resources to achieve our strategic goals.

David has been involved with the YMCA since 1975 when he attended the ‘Diploma of Youth and Community Work’ course run and based at The National YMCA head office. This was the only course at the time in New Zealand that focused on training Youth and Community workers. David has worked for YMCA across Auckland as a Youth Worker, Camp Director and General Manager. Having been on the front line, his role as a Director is to ensure that the Y team have the resources to achieve our strategic goals.

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Helen has been involved with the YMCA for about 20 years. She describes the journey as enlightening, fascinating and exasperating. She has been on the Nelson Board as
treasurer and president for 20 years, mostly treasurer, on the National Board for
10 years as member and treasurer and on the World Alliance Executive
Committee as member and treasurer for 12 years. During her time on
the National Board Helen also attended the Asia Pacific annual
meetings and chaired a number of their committees. She has
played a vital role in growing the Nelson YMCA to
become a strong and stable community provider.

Helen has been involved with the YMCA for about 20 years. She describes the journey as enlightening, fascinating and exasperating. She has been on the Nelson Board as treasurer and president for 20 years, mostly treasurer, on the National Board for 10 years as member and treasurer and on the World Alliance Executive Committee as member and treasurer for 12 years. During her time on the National Board Helen also attended the Asia Pacific annual meetings and chaired a number of their committees. She has played a vital role in growing the Nelson YMCA to become a strong and stable community provider.

Helen McEwan

Director