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Meet the Management Team
Andy Drake
Chief Executive
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Andy joined YMCA Essex as our Chief Executive in February 2015 and helped drive the merger between Chelmsford and Colchester the following year. Andy says he was drawn to working here having been so well served by the YMCA when he was younger and I wanting to give something back.


Suzanne Bowden
Head of Finance
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Suzanne joined us as our Head of Finance in September 2020.




Ben Gibbons
Head of Childcare and Youth Services
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Ben has worked for us for a number of years, starting as a Youth Worker, then Youth Manager until his promotion to Head of Childcare and Youth Services back in 2020.



Sophie Mattei
Head of Housing
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Sophie has been our Head of Housing since May 2020 following her promotion from the role of Housing Manager.





Becky Whitaker
Youth Services Manager
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Sharon Durrant
Finance Manager
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Zena Fisher
Housing Manager
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Sally Powdrill
Childcare Services Manager
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Mel Yeta
Deputy Childcare Manager
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