Day to day operational responsibilities for the running of YMCA Fairthorne Group are delegated to the senior management team.  

The team is headed by our Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, seven further directors and over 300 staff.


Chief Executive Officer – Chris Hand

Chris has been with the YMCA since 1986, initially employed as a project leader with the Community Programme and has held a number of other roles with the YMCA. Chris is the founding Chief Executive of YMCA Fairthorne Group which was formed in 2002. The period since 2002 has seen many changes and a number of mergers with local YMCAs and other charities. Chris is driven by the YMCA vision of communities where children, young people and families belong, contribute and thrive. He is involved with the YMCA at national and international level and has led and contributed to a number of high profile projects as well as chairing the YMCA Chief Executives’ Network. Chris is married with three children who lead increasingly independent lives; in his spare time he enjoys sailing and rowing with family and friends.


Chief Financial Officer – Phillipa Spicer

Phillipa is a degree qualified, FCMA accountant who started her finance career as a Unilever Management Trainee in South Africa. Moving to the UK in 2003,  Phillipa has spent her career to date working in the FMCG sector across both branded and private label products. Phillipa has held senior finance and directorship roles within the fresh produce sector since 2007, and joined the YMCA Fairthorne Group in July 2016 as the first appointed CFO for the Charity.

Outside of the work environment, Phillipa chairs the Board of Governors for a local infant school and sits on the PCC for the church she attends. Phillipa is a practising Christian, an avid animal lover and is married with 2 young delightful girls. When time allows, her interests include road running, cooking and hockey.  


Chief Operating Officer – Nickola Moore

Nickola joined the YMCA Fairthorne Group in 2017 and  is an MBA Executive qualified senior manager. She has spent over 20 years in senior management and director roles in a variety of sectors including membership organisations and local authority creative industry positions.  She has a specialism and drive for developing community engagement programmes.

Nickola enjoys taking part in arts and cultural activities and has a passion for travelling. 


Development Director – Sally Arscott

Sally has been with YMCA since 2006, helping shape much of the organisation’s growth, including our Family Park, taking on new areas of work following mergers and establishing new pre-schools and youth work. Prior to the YMCA, Sally worked in London establishing youth and community development programmes in urban inner city areas in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. She has a business degree and has had the task of ensuring long term financial sustainability of programmes as well as impact. She has been a trustee of a range of education charities and is currently a governor at a local primary school. 

Sally is married with two children and loves nothing better than being in the outdoors, whether playing in the woods, cycling or camping.


Children’s Work Director – Peter Cooper

Peter joined the YMCA in 1992, progressing to become the Programme Manager at Fairthorne Manor. In his current position, Peter provides the lead on quality and development, is responsible for Safeguarding and child protection and is the organisation’s representative for Ofsted. His achievements include co-founding the national Young Carers Festival in 2000 which has become the UK’s largest youth participation event. In 2008, Peter became a member of a development group at the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), developing guidance for increasing physical activity for children. He has worked with YMCA England to develop a national strategy for sports, health and fitness, and with the Youth Sports Trust to develop an early years physical activity resource. Peter has a 1st class honours degree in Professional Development, a Diploma in Countryside Recreation and is an NSPCC trained safeguarding facilitator.


Director of Strategic Planning – Emma Corina

Emma has been at YMCA Fairthorne Group since 2006.

She began her career in the live music industry but developed a keen interest in understanding how organisations affect social change. She developed further knowledge by working for a range of consultancies specialising in supporting not-for-profit organisations.

Emma is passionate about enabling children and young people to achieve their true potential, regardless of circumstance, and her role is focussed on performance managing the strategy, establishing evidence of change, and developing fundraising. Outside work Emma is chair of Community Action Isle of Wight and Isle of Wight’s Voluntary Sector Forum. Emma lives in the Isle of Wight and in her spare time is a keen walker, gardener and motorbike rider.

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Facilities Director – Peter Scaife

Peter lives in Hampshire and previously worked overseas in management roles in the sailing industry for Falcon and Sunsail, before joining YMCA Fairthorne Group in 2001 as Operations Manager.

He progressed to the role of Projects Manager, Facilities Director before progressing to his current role. Peter is responsible for the maintenance of all of the organisation’s owned and leased properties.

Peter still has a passion for sailing in his spare time, and enjoys ski-ing and the outdoors.

Area Director – Andrew Simpson

Andrew is an area Director covering housing, early years, youth services, community projects and a library. He has been with the YMCA since March 2013 after a varied career in housing for over 20 years, working for local authorities, housing associations and charities.

He enjoys working in challenging environments and is pleased do so in an organisation that values staff and young people, and provides the opportunities for development. He has always lived in Southampton with his wife and two children. Andrew is interested in cycling, kayaking, walking and music.


Fairthorne Manor Director – Richard Iles-Low

Richard joined the YMCA in 2015. Following university, he began his career with social services working with a number of families and young people for family aid, respite programmes, foster care and schemes for children with additional needs.

After relocating from Wales in 2001, Richard went to sea with P&O Cruises as the Youth Director on board the MV Oriana, where his love of travel began. After several years onboard, Richard worked shore side managing the Youth Programmes for Ocean Village, P&O Cruises and Cunard. Richard is very passionate about working in the charity sector and has been involved with numerous projects and charities for many years.

Richard is married with two teenage boys who are both great fans of the Fairthorne site, attending many of the services. Richard continues his passion for travel and culture and is a dab hand at making cakes.


Sales & Marketing Director – Jim Hooper

Jim lives locally and has been with the YMCA since 2003, experiencing great change as the Sales Manager before progressing to Central Support Team Director. In his current role Jim is responsible for sales, marketing, membership and IT. He has spent the majority of his career in sales, predominantly in the travel industry before developing his skills in other fields at the YMCA.

Jim has a young family, with both of his children successful graduates of Fairthorne Manor Nursery, avid fans of Daycamps and the YMCA Family Park and Campsite. He has a passion for sport, enjoys cycling, football, swimming and fitness and is a real advocate of children learning in an outdoors environment.

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