As a committed Christian staff team, we are led by an Executive Leadership consisting of Simon Johns and Gareth Sorsby who together have a wide range of leadership experience within the housing and charity sectors. Together they empower our staff so we are consistently improving the quality and scope of the services we provide. They are supported by a Management Team who oversee daily operations at YMCA Exeter.
Paul Reisbach (LinkedIn) is our Chair of Trustees and was appointed in September 2018. Paul is the Diocesan Youth Advisor for the Diocese of Exeter where he is responsible for project management, training, strategy and professional mentoring for the diocese across Devon.
Emma White (LinkedIn) is has served on our Board for 5 years. She is the Director of Development at Exeter City Council and champions sustainable energy efficient development. Emma is also a Trustee of the YMCA England and Wales National Board and a Churchwarden at St David’s Church. Emma is married to Alan and lives locally, in their spare time they enjoy many outdoor activities.
Ian Awcock has served on our Board of Trustees for over ten years, and is currently chairing our Development Committee. A Civil Engineer by trade, Ian is a Director at Awcock Ward Partnership enjoys the Devonian life with his family and is a member of the congregation at Belmont Chapel.
Roger Carne (LinkedIn) has been a Trustee of YMCA Exeter since 1992, having been both Treasurer and Chair during the period. He is an Elder at his local church in Silverton as well as being the Senior Partner at Bush & Co Chartered Accountants in the centre of Exeter. Roger is an avid Plymouth Argyle fan and a proud grandfather of three.
Chris Chamings joined the board in 2011. Chris is a Law Graduate and has been a police officer in Devon & Cornwall Police since 2003. Chris is married to Hannah and they have three boys. They are members of City Community Church in Exeter. Chris enjoys most sport, but particularly football. He no longer plays regularly because most of his time is now spent taking his boys to their football training and matches!
Ruth Yates (LinkedIn) is a qualified solicitor currently taking a career break to look after her two young children. She previously practiced at Ashfords LLP specialising in public procurement and contract law. Ruth joined the board in 2012 with a passion to use her skill set to serve other people. Ruth is an active member of her church at Belmont Chapel.
Jonathan Snicker (LinkedIn) joined as a Trustee in 2017. He has worked as a consultant in the not for profit sector for several years; prior to that he was Fellow and Development Director at St John’s College, Oxford. He began his career as a lecturer in Politics. He attends St David’s Church in Exeter. He is married to Katharine and they have one son.
Will McDermid (LinkedIn) joined the board in 2017 having recently moved back to the Southwest. As a qualified accountant Will now works as a Manager at Bush & Co Chartered Accountants where he specialises in charities. He is married to Helen-Frances, and they have one son with another on the way. Will is a member of Belmont Chapel.