As a committed Christian staff team, we are motivated by our shared experience of God’s love and we are committed to ensuring our services are welcoming to all.
Gareth Sorsby, Joint CEO
Gareth has been at YMCA Exeter since 2010, after exchanging a career in the hotel business for work in the third sector. For several years he was our Community Projects Manager and oversaw the development of our community work in the areas of employment, criminal justice and youth services. In 2017 he was promoted to the role of Joint CEO and is passionate about social justice and community development in and around Exeter. Gareth belongs to Grace Church, Exeter.
Si Johns, Joint CEO
Si joined YMCA Exeter in 2002, having served as Housing Manager and as Deputy CEO before becoming Joint CEO with Gareth. Si is a Full Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has previously worked with Devon Social Services the Diocese of Exeter. Si is passionate that YMCA Exeter does all in its power to support, advocate for and empower young people. Si is a member of Exeter Vineyard Church and feels strongly that our work with young people should support them body, mind and spirit.
Paul Reisbach, Chair of Trustees
Paul Reisbach (LinkedIn) is our Chair of Trustees and was appointed in September 2018. Paul is the Director for Metanoia Projects and works primarily in the third sector helping groups and organisations understand how they can collaborate without compromising their own goals and objectives.
Emma Osmundsen, Trustee
Emma White (LinkedIn) has served on our Board since 2014. She is the Managing Director of Exeter Live Better 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, Trustee
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, Trustee
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 Exeter. Roger is an avid Plymouth Argyle fan and a proud grandfather of three.
Sara Traynor, Trustee
Sara Traynor (LinkedIn) is an Executive and Leadership coach specialising in coaching lawyers transitioning to board or senior leadership roles. She also coaches groups and teams using the globally renowned LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology. Sara was previously the Director of Knowledge & Learning at Stephens Scown LLP and has had management roles within a FTSE 250 utility for 15 years Sara lives in Exeter with her husband and attends Exeter Network Church and St James Church.
Llewellyn Nicholls, Trustee
Llewellyn Nicholls (LinkedIn) is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Grow Marketing in Exeter. Before becoming a trustee, Llew has spent several years volunteering at YMCA Exeter through mentoring young people and taking part in our annual Sleep Easy fundraising events. Llew hopes that his passion for helping young people, coupled with his own challenges growing up, makes him a good asset for the YMCA. Llew is a keen rugby player and with his wife Stella, are members of Exeter Vineyard Church
Jonathan Snicker, Trustee
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 and is now the Head of Philanthropy at the University of Exeter. Jonathan attends St David’s Church in Exeter and is married to Katharine and they have one son.
Will McDermid, Treasurer
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 two children. Will is a member of Belmont Chapel.
Professor Paul Cloke, Trustee
Paul Cloke joined the Board in 2018. He is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, and specialises in research on how third sector organisations serve and empower impoverished and marginalised social groups. Paul and his wife Viv attend Exeter Vineyard Church.
Paul has been a member of our Board of Trustees since 2018, having previously served as a director of Guildford YMCA and the YMCA national board. He was a partner in a firm of solicitors for his professional life. Now formally retired from the law, he is pursuing a PhD in theology at Exeter University. Paul is an active member of Belmont Chapel.
Rita Nardone, Trustee
Rita Nardone (LinkedIn) joined our board in 2019. She is married with two older children and attends St Boniface Catholic Church in Cullompton. Rita has trained as a Street Pastor and has a small business with her husband in the oil and gas industry. She has been to Sierra Leonne twice for mission trips and after witnessing the poverty there, is keen to give time for home mission.