YMCA London City and North employs over 120 members of staff plus numerous volunteers across six London boroughs and the City of London, delivering housing services as well as fitness and youth interventions. Staff are led by an experienced Executive Leadership Team. 

Our Executive Team

Gillian Bowen JP, MBA, MA, Chief Executive

Gillian is a charity sector stalwart and social justice motivator. She is a vocational leader who has dedicated her career to promoting the development and advancement of vulnerable young people. Gillian is a passionate and inspirational leader who is experienced in capital projects for social purpose. Gillian is also a Justice of the Peace (in Youth and Adult Court).

John Faulkner, Director of Estates and Major Projects 

John is an adept and multi-skilled Director with a robust private sector background, having worked in large blue chip companies. He is a strong leader with an influential ability to effectively marry strategy to operational implementation. He is skilled in governing areas of new-build construction and refurbishment, from concept to completion.

Chris East BSc(hons), MCIOF,  Director of Community and Enterprise 

Chris East is an accomplished third sector leader with a specialism in Fundraising & Communications having successfully raised over £28m for good causes. He has an ability to reinvigorate an organisation, redefining the public’s perception of the cause whilst instilling an energy, passion and confidence that creates success.

Emir Feisal JP, MSC, Director of Corporate Services

Emir is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW and CIMA, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors and holds an MSc in Strategic Management Accounting. He is skilled in business development and dedicated to its application for our charitable purpose. He is a Magistrate for Adult and Family Courts.

Director of Housing and Youth (to be appointed)

We are currently recruiting for this position.

Our Board

YMCA London City and North is steered by a Board of Trustees who oversee governance matters and are responsible under the charity’s governing document for controlling the management and administration of the charity. 

Robert J Thompson MCIOB, MBIAT, MRSPH, Chairman – Building Surveyor

Mark Poulding-Wright, Vice Chairman – Consultant (Commercial)

Michael Baker – Banking Consultant

Mark Henshaw – Professional Non-Executive Director and Board Trustee

Daniel Gerring – Solicitor (England & Wales) and Partner at Travers Smith LLP

Phillip Graham – London Borough of Islington Ward Councillor for Bunhill

Patsy Mills – HR Director, The Heath Foundation

Mark Thompson – Financial Services Consultant

Paul Tredwell – Director, Bigfoot Consulting Limited

Marek Wiluszynski – Public Housing Specialist

Our Volunteers

Over 200 people a year volunteer with us each year. They provide their time and professional expertise to allow us to deliver our range of services and community-based events. We remain indebted to them for their investment.