YMCA Fairthorne Group is governed by a Board of voluntary Trustees selected for their extensive experience and skills. Each Trustee brings unique qualities and experience to the board and many have or continue to hold senior positions within a broad range of businesses, charities and other organisations. As a group they oversee the long term strategy and day to day compliance of the charity with contemporary legislation and best practice.







Sheila Clark

Fairthorne2012-004Sheila lives in Hampshire and joined the YMCA Fairthorne Group board of Trustees in 2009. She has spent most of her professional life working in public services in the UK, initially as a teacher, then as a psychologist and most recently as a CEO in the NHS.

Sheila shares the YMCA Fairthorne Group vision for developing local communities so that children, young people and their families have the opportunities they need to thrive . She is regarded as a person of energy, vision and achievement and gets actively involved in all aspects of the YMCA’s work.



Fairthorne2012-016Ian Creek

Ian enjoyed a career in the automotive business, before taking early retirement. His working life began with an apprenticeship at the Austin Motor Company and continued with a Management Trainee position at a Plymouth dealership. Ian developed his role in a HR and training capacity and worked up to the position of HR Director. Ian finished his career as HR Director for Inchcape UK, Europe, Middle East, Hong Kong and South America. Ian is a committed Christian, serving in a large Baptist Church in Locks Heath, Fareham.



Mike CranstonFairthorne2012-010

Mike began his career in finance at the age of 17 and worked his way up in accounting positions in various organisations. In 2005 Mike finished his 30 year financial career as Finance Director of Ageas Insurance. Mike gained a Christian faith in his teenage years and has been very actively involved in the church ever since. Mike became a licensed Lay Minister at the age of 25 and was part of Christian music group The Gospel Folk, who appeared on BBC radio in the 1960s. Mike met his wife through the church and together they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.



Fairthorne2012-001Alan Wells

Alan has been part of the YMCA since 2003 when YMCA Fairthorne Group expanded its activities to the Isle of Wight. He was invited to join a group of local people to set up a committee and shortly afterwards joined the Board of Trustees and for five years was Chairman. Alan’s background is in business, running a successful international manufacturing company on the Isle of Wight for 22 years. For four years Alan served on the Isle of Wight Council and had the Lead Member role for Children and Young People, initiating a number of youth projects.



Chris Laws Fairthorne2012-031

Chris retired from the University of Chichester in 2010 where he was Head of The School of Physical Education, Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. He remains research active and is an emeritus professor at the University.  He is a former President of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom and honorary life vice-president of European Union of Physical Education. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts and Royal Society of Medicine. Chris has written and researched on children’s exercise and health and has been working with an interdisciplinary team on the health benefits of physical activity for young people particularly in relation to obesity, health and nutrition. Chris has served on a number of consultative groups for government organisations, including the Department for Culture & Media & Sport,  the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, Office for Standards in Education, the Department for Education and National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence.

Chris is also a trustee of a Vocational Training Charitable Trust concerned with vocational training and development of young people.