Chair, Jeremy Oakley
The Black Country has been my home and provided me with a very full working life, half of which was in business and the other half as a vicar in the Church of England. I became a Christian in March 1984, and meeting Jesus certainly changed my life’s priorities.
There have been a number of occasions in my life when God has given me a second chance, often those chances have come through the kindness and generosity of other people. The privilege of serving YMCA Black Country is my opportunity to pay forward what God and others have done for me. I firmly believe that Jesus wants to be part our lives, and so it is my desire that his teaching will inform the vision and strategy of YMCA BC so that it remains a place of welcome to everyone.
I am a Christian, married with three children. I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. I joined the YMCA BC because I wanted to help them in the good work that they do. I hope that I bring compassion, technical knowledge and corporate experience to the YMCA BC.
After working in the engineering sector I retired ten years ago. During this time I was involved in young people and youth work both locally and nationally. I became actively involved with First Base Walsall and was instrumental in the transfer of the charity to the YMCA BCG and subsequently joined the board of trustees.
I became CEO at CHADD, (a charitable housing association providing supported housing & community outreach for people in Dudley), in 2015. I have a 23-year career working in social action, housing, health and community services. I believe that Christian based social action has a unique & powerful offer to change people’s lives. Hence why I joined YMCA BC!
I worked as a social worker and then a senior local authority manager in children’s care services. I had gained a range of skills in management and leadership and looked for settings that would be new to me but where my skills could be transferable.
A Senior Investment Manager at Resonance (social impact investment company, supporting social enterprises and charities to access the capital they need to grow, from investors that share their social mission). Managing West Midlands based social investment fund, which is working to tackle poverty and disadvantage across the region through making investment more accessible for local, impact-led organisations.
I retired in 2007 having spent 44 years in the accountancy profession. At my local church I was a youth leader for 8 years where I also managed youth and adult football teams which played in the West Midlands Christian League. I hoped that my experience in commerce and youth work might be of benefit to YMCA.
I have spent over 30 years working in diverse sectors including Local Authority, Education Establishments and the Corporate World with a drive to implement change for those whose voices we seldom here. I began working directly within the Charity Sector in 2009 and find the foundation of Christian principles an excellent way to align my personal Christian faith with impacting people’s lives for the better. It’s a privilege and honour to be part of YMCA BC!
I have worked in the construction industry for 34 years, working as a client, consultant and contractor. In my local church I have taught Sunday School for 30 plus years and participated actively in the church’s operations. I joined the YMCA BC as I believe that applying appropriate construction principals to our multiple projects will provide the best accommodation and facilities for all of our clients.