YMCA appoints Ian Green as chief executive

Charity will withdraw from delivering services

The new chief executive of YMCA England has said the organisation will withdraw from delivering services and focus on advocacy for young people.

Ian Green, 43, who had been leading the organisation on an interim basis since the departure of Angela Sarkis last year, was appointed permanently last week.

The charity, which employs 400 staff, will adopt a new strategy in the autumn. Green told Third Sector that local YMCAs had said "very clearly" during the consultation that it was not the national body's role to deliver services.

"We could be seen to be in competition with members," he said.

No redundancies would be made because affected staff would transfer to local YMCAs, said Green.

YMCA England's 24-strong board was likely to be reduced in size as part of a governance review, he added.

Sarkis and chair David Bedford resigned within a few days of each other after a disagreement.

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