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Everyone has heard of 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 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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YMCA National Member YMCA National Member
Sean McKinley

Secretary General

Sean joined the Y as Secretary General in November 2021. Sean brings experience across the private, public and non-government sectors with a focus on education, health and professional regulation.

Sean’s previous management roles have included the General Manager of Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa - Playcentre Aotearoa, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Veterinary Council, Chief Executive and Registrar of the Social Workers Registration Board and Executive Director of the New Zealand Psychological Society. In June 2021 he was appointed as a Board member of Toitū te Waiora (the Community, Health, Education and Social Services Workforce Development Council).

As Secretary General Sean is looking forward to supporting the wider YMCA organisation to further its mission of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities, through investing in the next generation.

Sean joined the Y as Secretary General in November 2021. Sean brings experience across the private, public and non-government sectors with a focus on education, health and professional regulation.

Sean’s previous management roles have included the General Manager of Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa - Playcentre Aotearoa, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Veterinary Council, Chief Executive and Registrar of the Social Workers Registration Board and Executive Director of the New Zealand Psychological Society. In June 2021 he was appointed as a Board member of Toitū te Waiora (the Community, Health, Education and Social Services Workforce Development Council).

As Secretary General Sean is looking forward to supporting the wider YMCA organisation to further its mission of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities, through investing in the next generation.

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YMCA National Member YMCA National Member
Barbara Duley-Foote

Operations Manager

Having joined the National Office in 1999, Barbara has worked for the Y for an impressive 22 years. 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 Y, or as she puts it, the Y has become part of her.

Having joined the National Office in 1999, Barbara has worked for the Y for an impressive 22 years. 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 Y, or as she puts it, the Y has become part of her.

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YMCA National Member YMCA National Member
Leona van der Heyden

General Manager Education

Leona joined the Y team in September 2020 as General Manager Education. Leona has an extensive background working in the Industry Training sector, leading the development, delivery and quality assurance of programmes. She views education as a key enabler for all, but particularly for our youth who may be struggling to find their direction and purpose. Leona specialises in leading the delivery of education outcomes with a focus on ensuring that the flexible needs of our learners are at the heart of everything the YMCA Education team provides.

Leona joined the Y team in September 2020 as General Manager Education. Leona has an extensive background working in the Industry Training sector, leading the development, delivery and quality assurance of programmes. She views education as a key enabler for all, but particularly for our youth who may be struggling to find their direction and purpose. Leona specialises in leading the delivery of education outcomes with a focus on ensuring that the flexible needs of our learners are at the heart of everything the YMCA Education team provides.

Board of Directors
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Eileen became involved with the Y as a Board member for Central in 2018. She is sure that being part of several YMCA 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 Y as a Board member for Central in 2018. She is sure that being part of several YMCA 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 Basher

President

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Matt Roberts

Vice President

Matt Roberts has been on the National 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 has a strong belief and commitment to community building through social enterprise and youth empowerment through values-based action. He has a long history within community service roles and has sat on the boards of a number of not-for-profit, charitable institutions, including YMCA North, as Vice President and Diabetes Auckland where he is Immediate Past Chair. He is also 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 National 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 has a strong belief and commitment to community building through social enterprise and youth empowerment through values-based action. He has a long history within community service roles and has sat on the boards of a number of not-for-profit, charitable institutions, including YMCA North, as Vice President and Diabetes Auckland where he is Immediate Past Chair. He is also 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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YMCA National Member YMCA National Member

Jennifer Beatson has been a current board member of the Nelson Y since 2018 and has experience in governance has been primarily with non-profits and community groups as well as has served in a governance role on school boards, community groups, church committees and small business since 2009. Jennifer sees the Y as a proven institution that has a history of providing support for vulnerable communities. While New Zealand is a rich country with many opportunities, it is also has many inequities; not everyone is offered the same opportunities and she believes that the YMCA is an organisation that offers opportunities to create equity, and she brings to the table, skills in community governance, stakeholder engagement and non-profit management, communication, strategic thinking, community development and leadership. The YMCA values of respect, honesty, responsibility and caring, closely mirrors her own personal values of integrity, faith, truth and love.

Jennifer Beatson has been a current board member of the Nelson Y since 2018 and has experience in governance has been primarily with non-profits and community groups as well as has served in a governance role on school boards, community groups, church committees and small business since 2009. Jennifer sees the Y as a proven institution that has a history of providing support for vulnerable communities. While New Zealand is a rich country with many opportunities, it is also has many inequities; not everyone is offered the same opportunities and she believes that the YMCA is an organisation that offers opportunities to create equity, and she brings to the table, skills in community governance, stakeholder engagement and non-profit management, communication, strategic thinking, community development and leadership. The YMCA values of respect, honesty, responsibility and caring, closely mirrors her own personal values of integrity, faith, truth and love.

Jennifer Beatson

Board Director

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Callum Clark

Board Director

Callum Clark has a background in specialising in non-formal educational methods and youth development, and has led the design and development of a new national youth programme for SCOUTS New Zealand. His experience for the World Organisation of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) has been as a young person in the development of tools and processes for member organisations to design, renew and implement educational proposals and national youth programmes and attendance as a delegate at world conferences and events. This also includes the development of resources to align youth programmes with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and methods to implement education for sustainable development. Most recently, now co-leading the Educational Methods Workstream for the WOSM strategy responding to the current pandemic crisis facing many countries. He is passionate about what young people can do and achieve in this ever-changing world and how organisations such as the Y can support and grow thriving communities. We are currently living in unprecedented times, however there are still many opportunities for us to make a positive impact in our communities.

Callum Clark has a background in specialising in non-formal educational methods and youth development, and has led the design and development of a new national youth programme for SCOUTS New Zealand. His experience for the World Organisation of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) has been as a young person in the development of tools and processes for member organisations to design, renew and implement educational proposals and national youth programmes and attendance as a delegate at world conferences and events. This also includes the development of resources to align youth programmes with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and methods to implement education for sustainable development. Most recently, now co-leading the Educational Methods Workstream for the WOSM strategy responding to the current pandemic crisis facing many countries. He is passionate about what young people can do and achieve in this ever-changing world and how organisations such as the Y can support and grow thriving communities. We are currently living in unprecedented times, however there are still many opportunities for us to make a positive impact in our communities.

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YMCA National Member YMCA National Member

Richard Handley is based in New Plymouth where he semi-retired, is currently a District Councillor, involved in several charitable organisations and previously the Minister's appointee to the TDHB. His career has included 20 years banking in NZ and internationally and being a CEO of a DHB, the Human Rights Commission and WITT the Taranaki polytechnic. Richard and his family have lived in Solomon Islands and Nepal and he travelled extensively in his roles. He has a long history of involvement in youth development activities and organisations and is delighted to be involved in supporting our Y mission, it's students, our youth activities and our marvellous staff.

Richard Handley is based in New Plymouth where he semi-retired, is currently a District Councillor, involved in several charitable organisations and previously the Minister's appointee to the TDHB. His career has included 20 years banking in NZ and internationally and being a CEO of a DHB, the Human Rights Commission and WITT the Taranaki polytechnic. Richard and his family have lived in Solomon Islands and Nepal and he travelled extensively in his roles. He has a long history of involvement in youth development activities and organisations and is delighted to be involved in supporting our Y mission, it's students, our youth activities and our marvellous staff.

Richard Handley

Board Director

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Paul Yallop

Board Director

Paul Yallop is a Chartered Accountant (self-employed), with a business background in the commercial environment encompassing the financial aspects of these businesses as well as their commercial operations and as a Board of Director’s advisor (legal compliance and financial governance being significant parts of all these appointments). He was previously a Committee member for St John Auckland, is currently a Director of Asthma New Zealand and sits on the YMCA North Board (and Treasurer).

Paul Yallop is a Chartered Accountant (self-employed), with a business background in the commercial environment encompassing the financial aspects of these businesses as well as their commercial operations and as a Board of Director’s advisor (legal compliance and financial governance being significant parts of all these appointments). He was previously a Committee member for St John Auckland, is currently a Director of Asthma New Zealand and sits on the YMCA North Board (and Treasurer).