We are delighted to announce that Mike Horne, Managing Director and founding partner of Agency ASHA, has been elected to the position of Chairman of YMCA Cheltenham.  Mike takes up the post immediately from Michael Ede who had been Chairman since 2012.  Michael will remain on the Board as Vice Chairman and use his vast experience to support Mike as he settles into his new role.  We are very grateful to Michael for steering the YMCA through the most exciting time of its recent history, during which several new housing projects have been developed, meeting  accommodation needs of local people.

Basketball not boxing

Mike Horne's first experience of the YMCA was in the late 70's when he attended the Sports Club at Vittoria Walk on a Saturday morning.  "That's where I discovered that boxing is not for me!", remembers Mike.  However, basketball was most definitely Mike's sport of choice and over the last ten years he has been a regular volunteer, leading basketball sessions for young people  He was invited to join the board two years ago.

Rebranding YMCA

Mike also has experience of the national YMCA movement as Agency ASHA were awarded the contract for rebranding the YMCA a few years ago, something which necessitated an in depth knowledge of the movement and the wide range of activities and support services that are offered by the 116 local YMCAs in England and Wales.

New era

As we enter into a new era, with the Board of Trustees developing a robust strategic plan to see us through the next five years, we are excited about what the future holds for the YMCA in Cheltenham and Gloucester, and the direction our work will take under the very capable leadership of our new Chairman.