Steve Clay

Chief Executive

I’ve been a YMCA CEO in the Black Country since 2004, and still find myself in awe of the YMCAs global reach.

I’m passionate about faith-inspired social action, and the power of the third sector to impact local communities. I currently Chair Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, and have previous held trusteeships at local and national levels.

I was co-founder of the YMCA European Unify network and have led international Christian Mission initiatives on behalf of YMCA Europe and World YMCA.

Prior to YMCA I’ve run an industrial software consultancy, been a ‘pseudo-local government’ senior manager and founded a youth homeless charity.


Our Chief Executive together with the senior leadership team are responsible for bringing to life, the association’s vision and strategy.

Sally Cowan
Chief Operations Officer (Places)

Prior to the YMCA I founded a youth homelessness project in the Wyre Forest, and gained front line experience of working with vulnerable young people who have been made homeless. It was here that my dedication to serving communities was ignited.

I’ve been a part of the YMCA family since 2007 and feel blessed every day to be part of such an amazing organisation. I believe that the work of the YMCA really does have the power to transform lives – and see this evidenced everyday through the dedication and hard work of our staff teams.

Jo Goldie
Chief Operations Officer – Programmes

Prior to joining YMCA my background has been within the criminal justice, predominantly the Probation service where I have worked as an Assistant Chief Officer of a leading Community Rehabilitation Company based in West Mercia.  Prior to this I had been working for a Christian Housing Charity with a national remit developing programmes and services for ex-offenders across the country and serving as part of their senior leadership team.

It is a privilege now to combine my working experience and my faith filled passion for my local community to work and serve within my home area in the Black Country and impact the lives of the young people in this community.


Jill Law
Chief Corporate Officer

I joined the YMCA in June 2009 having worked and qualified in the accountancy profession for over 20 years.

I feel truly blessed to be part of a such an inspirational organisation knowing that the work the Corporate Team does behind the scenes contributes in such a positive way to the lives of the people we serve, with our Christian Ethos and Values at the heart of everything we do.

Outside of work, I can normally be found on the touchline of a football pitch supporting my son on his grassroots journey.  I’m also an FA Level 1 Qualified Football Coach too!

Senior Leadership Team

Lenny Allan

Lenny Allan
Head of Housing

Mel Braden

Mel Braden
Head of Nurseries & Quality

Blantina Chipangura

Blantina Chipangura
Executive Head of HR & Ethos

Natalie Gilliland
PA to the Chief Officers

Jim Gowman
Head of Premises, Health & Safety & IT

Phil Gray

Phil Gray
Christian Mission Co-ordinator

Louise Kumar
Head of Learning & Skills

Grace Maddocks
Visual Comms & Digital Marketing Officer

Robert J Mitchell
Fundraising Manager

Jo Phillips

Jo Philips
Group Finance Manager

Clare Roberts-Molloy
Lead Bid & Tender Writer

Michael Rossington
Executive Head of Transition & Redevelopment

Luke Tyler
Head of Health & Wellbeing