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Simon Green

Chief Executive
How do you contribute to YMCA MK?

I have been with the organisation since 2009 and before that I had friends and family who lived at the YMCA. My background was social housing management and during my time I have driven significant improvements to our housing and support to young people. My role as I see it now is twofold. Firstly, to make sure that everyone in the team is proud of our YMCA and proud of their contribution to it so that we deliver amazing services for young people. Secondly to set a vision for the future so that we continue to develop and respond to young people’s needs.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job? 

Seeing people enjoying working for us or using our services.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Employ people who are better than you are.

What do you enjoy outside of work?

Watching football, playing football, coaching football. Listening to Radio 6 music. 

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Anne Rhind

Director of Development
How do you contribute to YMCA MK? 

I fell into fundraising when working for a small charity that was running out of resources. Twenty years later, I’ve managed to build a career out of developing relationships and securing support to help charities deliver and grow their services and support to those in greatest need. Starting out in the environmental and conservation field, I worked for disability charities for 14 years and joined YMCA in 2018. My first priority was to help deliver the charity’s ambitions for our new campus. We opened the doors to our new home in 2020; it was a moment we were all really proud of. 

What’s the most inspiring part of your job? 

Hearing how our young people have overcome a personal challenge and worked with the YMCA team to change their path is pretty inspiring. It makes you strive to ensure that every young person in Milton Keynes has access to this support, along with a place to call home. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

You’ll always regret what you didn’t do rather than what you did. 

What do you enjoy outside of work?

Running after three children, charity/vintage shopping (I’ve not bought anything new in two years!), yoga, good coffee, Bakewell tarts, festivals and gigs* (*prior to the pandemic).

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Lisa Harrison

Director of Housing and Support
How do you contribute to YMCA MK? 

I have worked in the complex needs arena for the past 16 years, after studying Psychology at University. My role at the YMCA is to oversee and coordinate how we provide support to our residents and make sure we are acting as a responsible landlord. Sometimes these two elements can jar, and so it’s my job to ensure we are fair, consistent and considered in what we do, so that we provide a quality service to our residents. I’m sure my team get fed up with me as I spend a lot of my time asking the questions:

  • Why do we do that?
  • How do we do that?
  • Should we do that?
  • What could we have done better?
What’s the most inspiring part of your job? 

This one’s easy – the people around me. Our residents are at the heart of that. I work in this field so that I can help people make positive changes in their lives. I get a real lift when we’ve learnt from something we got wrong and have changed our processes or actions for the better because of it. I get inspired when I see learning and development in this way, whether that be in residents or the staff team. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Sometimes you have to slow down to see the full picture; don’t always be in a rush to finish. 

What do you enjoy outside of work?

I enjoy being with my friends and family. I love a good BBQ and a natter, but I equally like going for a bike ride, a picnic or just going on a walk with my dogs.