Our people

PRESIDENT
Campbell Killick

VICE PRESIDENTS
Andy Hamilton
Roger Earl

TREASURER
Gareth Kirk

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Charles Payne, Bob Loade, Gordon Lightbody, Blair Austin, Leanne Young, Jade Irwin, Howard Davey, John McNicholas, Dave Wiggins

Our staff team

Ivan McMahon

Ivan McMahon

National Secretary

Ivan trained as a post-primary teacher, and after a period in research, he joined Cork YMCA as General Secretary. Since 1989 Ivan has had various roles within National Council

Tom Kent

Tom Kent

Director of Programmes

Tom began his career in the Tourism Industry and went on to join YMCA Ireland in 2006. He has extensive experience in training & development and managing quality control systems. His primary role is running the YMCA STEP programme across 5 centres in the Republic of Ireland.

Kenny Baxter

Kenny Baxter

Greenhill YMCA Director

Kenny worked in outdoor education in both the statutory and voluntary sectors before joining the YMCA in 1995 as a community relations worker. He took up his current post as Greenhill YMCA Centre Director in 2001. His primary role is overseeing the ongoing development of the YMCA outdoor residential centre

Michele Taylor

Michele Taylor

Training & Policy Officer

Michele qualified as a professional youth worker in 1993 . After graduating she worked in both the Statutory and Voluntary sectors, before joining YMCA Ireland in September 1999 as the PAKT Ireland (Parents and Kids Together) Development Officer. Michele has also held the role of Global Youth Work Officer in YMCA Ireland, before her current post as Training and Policy Officer with the primary role of supporting the development of training initiatives to assist the capacity of local associations to deliver effective programmes.

Brian Murtagh

Brian Murtagh

Greater Dublin Developent Officer

Brian qualified as a post-primary school teacher and after several years in teaching and youth work joined YMCA Ireland in 1995 as Development Officer for the Greater Dublin Area. His work has included establishing YMCA work in Tallaght, International work and supporting local associations.

Chriszine Backhouse

Chriszine Backhouse

Programme Development Officer RoI

Chriszine worked in the field of Community Development through the arts before obtaining the qualification of Creative Arts Therapist in 2007. Her work in the YMCA focuses on building resilience, in part, by providing meaningful opportunities for children and young people to contribute to and be valued by their communities. Since 2008, she has held the post of Programme Development officer for the Parents And Kids Together programme and the Youth Leadership programme.

Gillian McClay

Gillian McClay

NI Training Coordinator

Gillian has worked as a qualified youth worker in both the statutory and voluntary sectors for many years in different settings. She joined YMCA Ireland as Training Coordinator in August 2014. Her role includes maintaining quality assurance for accredited courses, developing the training programme with volunteers at Greenhill YMCA and supporting local associations.

John Peacock

John Peacock

Deputy National Secretary

John previously worked for YMCA Ireland from 1985-95. He left to study theology and worked for PCI in youth & family work until 2004, when he moved to Youth Link as Community Relations Manager. In recent years at Youth Link he directed their degree in Youth & Community Work and Applied Theology. John's primary role is to support local associations in N.I.

Geraldine Stinton

Geraldine Stinton

M-power Co-ordinator

Noelle McLean

Noelle McLean

Finance Officer ( NI)

Darryn Causby

Darryn Causby

Greater Craigavon Director

Darryn first got involved in the YMCA at the age of 11 in Portadown, after a period of years participating in various programmes he joined the Portadown YMCA staff team in 2004 and remained there until 2012. Darryn rejoined the Portadown team in 2016 as the Centre Leader in Charge until April 2018 when he join the National staff team at the Craigavon area Director where he oversees the work of the YMCA in Lurgan and Portadown. He also has responsibility for National Youth Leadership development

Denise Malone

Denise Malone

Newcastle YMCA Co-ordinator

My name is Denise Malone and I am the project manager and area youth worker for YMCA Newcastle
I have been a community youth worker for 14 years in the full time capacity for the last 10 years with key focus in TSN areas supporting young people into mainstream provision