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Wednesday, 2 December 2020


YMCA Trinity Group welcomes new Chair of Board

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YMCA Trinity Group, the local charity for young people, is delighted to welcome Steve Mallinson as its new Chair of Board, taking over from previous Chair, Ian Dow.

During his six years as Chair, Ian oversaw a number of high-profile changes within the charity. Most notable was the merger that linked YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough with YMCA Suffolk – creating YMCA Trinity Group.

In 2014, Ian also helped secure The Cresset and connected it to YMCA Trinity Group – a move which helped transform the local community and give many more young people access to support.

For his work at a local, regional and national level over a number of years, Ian also received the Gold Order of the Red Triangle in January of this year – a prestigious and rare award, made on behalf of the whole YMCA Federation. The award is given in recognition of long and voluntary service to the organisation.

Ian was Chair of the YMCA’s National Chairs Network and held key roles within YMCA England & Wales, especially around addressing pension issues.

Ian Dow Award

Ian commented:

“It has been an enormous privilege to lead YMCA Trinity Group over the last six years and I will cherish some fantastic memories from my time as Chair. I am immensely proud of the achievements of the team during that time, most recently culminating in the opening of our latest childcare setting in Cambridge – the first outside of Suffolk.

“We have built a fantastic platform for growth within YMCA Trinity Group and I am confident that Steve will make an excellent contribution.”

Jonathan Martin, Chief Executive of YMCA Trinity Group, added:

“We are very sad to see Ian go – he has made such a huge contribution to YMCA during his time as Chair.

“Ian has not only been instrumental in growing our work and impact, but he’s also played important roles in our National Federation.”

Steve Mallinson, who previously had a long career in the international telecoms industry, officially took over as Chair of Board on 1 January 2020.

In the past few years, Steve has also served as a local primary school governor and business mentor for the Prince’s Trust.

Steve said:

“I am thrilled to be joining YMCA Trinity Group at such an exciting time. Ian has done a fantastic job and I am keen to replicate the success he has achieved in his time as Chair.

“I first became interested in YMCA because of its commitment to helping young people regardless of circumstance and background, along with the wide range of services it offers.”

Jonathan continued:

“Joining the YMCA family, Steve brings with him a wide range of expertise, having experience of leading and growing organisations in online technology, as well as fundraising and advocacy. He will be a great asset to the team, and we all look forward to welcoming him on board.”

Ian will now move to The Cresset board and continue to share valuable expertise for the benefit of the community.

YMCA Trinity Group is looking for strategic input from new Trustees with specialisms in finance, early years education and spirituality. If you feel you could contribute, please visit the website to find out more details and information on how to apply: https://ymcatrinitygroup.org.uk/about-us/our-trustees/

To find out more about YMCA Trinity Group, visit: https://ymcatrinitygroup.org.uk/

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