YMCA Wales confirms its chief executive Mo Sykes has left

Sykes left the umbrella body in July over what what the chair told a newspaper were 'administrative issues'

Mo Sykes
Mo Sykes

The umbrella body for YMCAs in Wales has confirmed today that its chief executive has left and there is an ongoing "internal process" looking into her departure.

Mo Sykes left her role at YMCA Wales, formally known as the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Associations of Wales, on 25 July.

In May, the South Wales Evening Post reported that Sykes was not at work while an internal inquiry was carried out into what Peter Landers, chair of the charity, told the paper were "administrative issues".

Landers told Third Sector that Sykes had now left the charity. "There is an internal process that is ongoing and I am not able to comment further," he added.

The Charity Commission said it was monitoring the situation. A spokeswoman for the regulator said: "We are aware that the chief executive has left her post and are in contact with the charity to establish whether there are any ongoing regulatory concerns."

YMCA Wales, the umbrella for 24 YMCAs across the country, had an income of £660,661 in the year to 31 March 2013. Sykes said in her introduction to the accounts: "A fantastic development this year has been the closer cooperation between constituent YMCAs and the national umbrella, YMCA Wales. This has strengthened the movement and given a huge boost to our ability to lobby, build relationships and raise the profile of the work being done."

The charity’s previous accounts show that Sykes had been chief executive since at least 2008.

Sykes could not be reached for comment.

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