Henley YMCA is a charitable company limited by guarantee. It took over the unincorporated charity known as YMCA Henley, which was founded in 1857.
The Directors of the Company are also Charity Trustees for the purpose of charity law and are known as the Board of Trustees. The Directors are elected periodically. Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting. The Directors delegate the leadership of the day-to-day running of the Charity to the Chief Executive.
President – George Constantinidi
George became YMCA Henley’s president in 2009 succeeding Boris Johnson when Boris became Mayor of London. George was previously Chair having served on the Board for over 20 years and was a driving force behind the development of the residential scheme.
Before retirement, he was senior partner in a City law practice and served as a non executive director of a number of companies and as Chairman of a Public Company. Whilst working in the City, George became Master of one of its livery companies. He has also been a Church Warden and is on the PCC at St Mary’s Henley.
A footballer until his mid thirties, George turned to golf – a game he continues to enjoy. He keeps a small boat on the river Thames, having travelled most of the canals on England in a narrow boat when bringing up his family.
Chair – Rosemary Duckett
Rosemary is the Chair of YMCA Henley having succeeded George Constantinidi in 2009.
Rosemary has lived in Henley for many years. In 1991 Rosemary gained the Hornsby Diploma to teach children with learning difficulties. She worked for a number of years at Ludgrove Prep school and at Summerfield School Oxford before retiring in 2008. Rosemary has been a JP since 1980 and is now a member of the Oxford family bench.
She has been active in a number of local organisations including Royal British Legion, NSPCC and the Licensing Committee. She is currently secretary and member of St Nicholas Church PCC and a trustee of the St Judes Charitable Trust.
Rosemary interests include walking her dogs, gardening, tennis, skiing. She is also a keen sailor.
Trustee – Norman Topsom MBE
Norman has been involved with YMCA Henley for many years, first as a youth club volunteer and then as a Trustee. He also has a long association with St Mary’s church where he is a altar-server, bell-ringer and the keeper of the clock in the church tower.
He is perhaps best known locally as the face of First Great Western railway at Twyford station where he has been for many years, having been in the industry since he left school. His service to the community through the railway and beyond was recognised through the award of an MBE.
Norman interests include classical music, English history, gardening and enjoying the peace and quiet of the Chilterns countryside.
Trustee – Dr Terry Dudeney
Before becoming a trustee of YMCA Henley in 2009, Terry was the senior partner at the local Bell Surgery. Before retiring he had spent 35 years as a General Practitioner.
His background has given him a wealth of experience in dealing with social matters as well as pure health issues.
He is the Chair of a local parish council. His interests include golf, tennis, walking and (enforced) gardening.
Trustee – Mark Sayers
Mark joined the YMCA Henley Board of Trustees in 2010.
He lives in Henley and is a Chartered Surveyor by profession. He has also been a member of the NOMAD Management Board since its inception and has seen it grow into a thriving and respected organisation that works with children, families and young people across the town.
He is now a Nomad Trustee and is pleased with the way NOMAD has forged strong and effective working links with the YMCA. He has a passion to see young people develop and fulfil their potential. Mark is involved in a leadership capacity with Henley Baptist Church.
His leisure interests include tackling adventurous expeditions and participating in a number of outdoor sports.
Trustee – Julian Brookes
Julian became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2015 having lived in Henley for over fourteen years. He brings a wealth of experience to the role having been an engineering officer in nuclear and conventional submarines in the Royal Navy.
Julian’s recent activities include introducing US & UK based wireless technology to north east Asia. In May 2015, Julian was elected onto Henley Town Council and chosen by other elected members to be Deputy Mayor 2015/16. Julian has a keen interest in helping Henley YMCA raise much needed funds.
As well as giving Henley YMCA his full support, Julian is an active member of the Henley Branch Users Group, married with two adult children and two grandchildren.
Trustee – Rob Perkins
Rob has strong family connections to Henley, lives in the area and has come to know and love Henley and all it has to offer. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.
He is a Chartered Accountant by profession, having trained and qualified with one of the big four accounting firms. After a number of years Rob moved into corporate finance, applying his financial training in a slightly different way, this time helping his clients in mergers and acquisitions.
Rob is married with three children and his interests include spending time with his family and, when time allows, watching or playing any sport available!
Trustee – Roger Appleyard
Roger has lived in Henley with his growing family since 1998. He became a trustee in 2014.
He works in the finance industry as a research analyst looking at various companies and industries including airports, media and telecom companies. Through his work, Roger has been involved with fundraising for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for a number of years.
Roger enjoys playing golf, travelling with his family and inevitably, watching the children’s various sporting activities around Oxfordshire and Berkshire.
Trustee – Corrine Richards
Corrine joined the Board of Trustees in 2012.
She was a resident of YMCA Henley for a year. She currently works for a nature charity in Oxford.
Trustee – Kellie Hinton
Kellie joined the Board of Trustees in May 2015.
She is a young, local town councillor, elected for a second four-year term onto Henley Town Council in May 2015. During her time as a councillor she chaired the Henley in Bloom committee, achieving great results in both regional and national level competitions and leading the UK’s only entry into Entente Florale 2015. She has also been a representative for the council on the Air Cadets Civilian Committee, Henley Youth Centre and the River Thames Alliance as well as sitting on a number of council committees including a working group set up to renovate the toddler playground at Mill Meadows, which she is particularly proud to have been involved in.
She grew up in Henley, only moving out of the town to work in nearby Reading and abroad in Tokyo, Japan. Her career has predominantly been in sales, although she has focused more on community involvement since having a daughter in 2010. Kellie was a resident of YMCA in Henley for over three years and was a tenants representative.
Trustee – Andrew Smith
Andrew joined the Board of Trustee in November 2016. He is currently the operations manager at GreenSquare.
Andrew has worked in housing associations since 1989 and at GreenSquare since its inception in 2008; prior to this he was Operations Director at Oxford Citizens Housing Association and Property Services Director at Circle Anglia. Before this he was an Architect in private practice.
Trustee – Jane Streatfeild
Jane joined the YMCA Board of Trustees in 2016.
She worked as a solicitor in Henley from 1985 until her retirement in December 2017.Her expertise was principally in family disputes involving breakdown of marriage, civil partnership and cohabitation, covering financial aspects and child care. In addition she undertook Landlord and Tenant, Building and property litigation together with Probate and Will drafting. Up until its closure she appeared as a Defence Lawyer in the Henley Magistrates Court.