Our Team

We have 10 full and part-time paid staff, including our experienced youth workers and a small team of operational staff responsible for running the charity and our facilities. All of our Youth Workers are committed to professional development and either have or are working towards Level 3 Youth Work qualifications.

Our Chief Executive has over 20 years of experience delivering high-quality youth provision within the YMCA structure and has led YMCA Northumberland since 2009. The senior leadership team are responsible for ensuring that the policies and strategies of the Board are implemented and progressed and our Chief Executive attends all Board meetings. 

Nissi-Kay Black

Nissi-Kay Black

Youth Work Practitioner

Nissi is part of our Youth Work Practitioner team. Previously she worked at Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project, working her way up to become a Youth Support Worker. She is currently working towards her level 3 youth work qualification. In her role she enjoys working alongside lots of different-aged young people, keeping them off the street and helping guide them in the right direction.

Dan Brown

Dan Brown

Volunteer

Dan volunteers on a weekly basis at YMCA Northumberland. He primarily assists the Youth Workers in the sessions, providing an extra pair of ears and eyes. He enjoys having a chat and listening to the young people, finding that he can relate to many of their experiences from when he was their age.

Elinor Bryant

Elinor Bryant

Marketing Assistant

Elinor works as Marketing Assistant for YMCA Northumberland. In her role she manages our social media channels, markets our sessions and represents YMCA Northumberland at community events. She has previously graduated from a BA Fine Art before completing a Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Digital Marketing and Research. She enjoys knowing that she is helping to provide a safe place for young people to discuss what’s on their minds.

Mckenzie Bryson

Mckenzie Bryson

Youth Work Practitioner

Mckenzie became a Youth Work Practitioner in October 2023 after volunteering with YMCA Northumberland for two years. He has achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work and is committed to furthering his education. He enjoys connecting with young people and providing them with a safe and fun space. 

Rob Cox

Rob Cox

Chief Executive

Rob is our Chief Executive keeping us on track to achieve our aims and assuring that we are working to the best interests of our beneficiaries. He has worked in various roles within the YMCA organisation for 23 years and he has been the chief executive of YMCA Northumberland since 2009. Seeing the difference YMCA Northumberland makes in young people’s lives is the most enjoyable part of his role.

Eric Fletcher

Eric Fletcher

Youth and Communities Project Manager

Eric became our Youth and Communities Project Manager in November 2023. He has previously worked in policing for 34 years and has also been a volunteer sail trainer, a Practitioner Researcher at Newcastle University and most recently the Training, Development and Research Lead with the Violence Reduction Unit. He is most looking forward to working with the Ashington Children’s Community to convene schools and the wider community and enabling young people to create their own social action projects.

Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr

Caretaker

Steve is our Caretaker at YMCA and he has been working with us for 13 years. His role involves managing the building day to day, keeping the space clean and tidy and fixing any issues. He is a positive and supportive presence in the YMCA who is always up for a chat. 

Clare McKay

Clare McKay

Fundraising & Projects Manager

Clare is our Fundraising & Projects Manager at YMCA Northumberland. She’s responsible for finding funds to enable the organisation to continue and expand its amazing work. Prior to working at the YMCA, she worked in a variety of voluntary sector organisations in project co-ordination roles often with fundraising elements. She enjoys knowing that the work she does makes a huge difference to the services we provide and, in turn, to the quality of young people’s lives.

Michelle Railston

Michelle Railston

Youth Work Practitioner

Michelle became a Youth Work Practitioner at YMCA Northumberland is April 2023. She is a qualified Nursery Nurse with a background working with younger children. She has always had a desire to work with older children and in her role she really enjoys advising them and helping them to discover who they are.

YMCA Northumberland

North View, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9XQ

Registered Charity No: 1076157

YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

Family & Youth Work

Health & wellbeing

Housing

Training & Education

Support & Advice

YMCA Northumberland

North View, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9XQ

Registered Charity No: 1076157

YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

Family & Youth Work

Health & wellbeing

Housing

Training & Education

Support & Advice