Governance Policies
Board of Directors
Role of Board & Management
Governance Committees
Whistle blower Service
Board Members


As a not for profit organisation we are committed to helping build strong kids, families and communities in an ethical and sustainable way.

Here, we provide an overview of the organisation’s governance, and associated practices and policies.

Board of Directors

The Board is committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and accountability. It operates under a Charter, the purpose of which is to promote high standards of governance and clarity of their own role and responsibilities.

Broadly, the role of the Board is to provide leadership and strategic guidance for YMCA Central in addition to overseeing management’s implementation of strategic initiatives.

The Board meets on a regular basis to contribute to and approve the strategic direction of YMCA Central and significant organisational strategic initiatives.  Its emphasis is on outward vision and strategic leadership, cultivating a diversity of viewpoints, collective decision making and safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

The Board is committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and accountability. It operates under a Charter, the purpose of which is to promote high standards of governance and clarify of their own role and responsibilities.

Role of the Board & Management

The Board has responsibility for the affairs and activities of YMCA Central. The Board recognises the importance of focusing on governance of the business and value growth, rather than management of the business. The Chief Executive is charged with the day-to-day running of the organisation, and provides the principal link between the Board and management, acting within authorities delegated by the Board.

YMCA Governance Committees

The Y enjoys the benefit of a close Staff-Director partnership through our Committees, strengthening the inherent trust between both roles and providing tangible support and improved knowledge sharing.

Committees of the Board play an important role in achieving the good governance of YMCA Central and delivering the vision of our strategic plan.

Committee members are appointed by the Board. The Chair, by right of office is a member of each Committee.

HR Committee

Chair – Grant Baker
Members – Coral Laughton and Kathy Miller

Risk, Audit and Finance

Chair – Rhys Barlow
Members – TBC

Annual Reports

YMCA Central’s Annual Report details our financial information and explains our operations and the scope of our business.

To review the latest Financial Annual Report please click here.

Whistleblower Service

YMCA Central is committed to the highest standards of legal, ethical and moral behaviour and ensuring compliance in all aspects of the organisation. By reporting concerns, misconduct and child protection breaches, you can help ensure the YMCA Central’s people and patrons are safe and secure in the YMCA environment.

The Whistleblower service is an avenue to report an alleged or actual concern or wrongdoing, if you feel reporting to a staff member is inappropriate because you feel unsafe, fear reprisal, or believe that the person receiving the report is involved in the wrongdoing.

Report using one of the following methods:

Name: Tony Hassed

Phone: 04 232 8981 Mobile: 021374592

Board Members
Grant Baker
Grant BakerChairman
Grant has been involved as a director of Not for Profit organisations for over 20 years. He has strong governance skills and a wide experience at executive management and governance within the public sector. Grant was attracted to the Y as a result of the strong youth programmes provided across the region and the facilities that it operates for this purpose. Organisations like the Y are essential to assist families and communities to reach their potential.
Eileen Basher
Eileen BasherDirector
Eileen became involved with the YMCA as a Board member for Greater Wellington in 2018. She is sure that being part of several Y leadership programs as a teenager helped form her leadership skills today. She is keen to try and ensure that these programs deliver to today’s youth. Eileen has strong governance experience through her senior management roles. She is currently General Manager, Evidence and Insights at MBIE. Eileen is also on the National Y board.
Coral Laughton
Coral LaughtonDirector
Coral is a qualified director and change management professional, living and working in Wellington. With a range of experience across private, public and not for profit organisations, Coral has chosen to work with the Y because of the great deal of good work they do, making a difference to many people in the Wellington region.
Rhys Barlow
Rhys BarlowDirector
Kathy Miller
Kathy MillerDirector
Murray Corps
Murray CorpsDirector
Barry Hislop
Barry HislopDirector


When school is out, the Y is in! The Y offers a range of recreational based kids programming available throughout the year. Our programmes create fun, safe, fun-filled environments for kids to grow in body mind and spirit. Our values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility are paramount to the delivery of our programmes.

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