Chas Walker to step down as CEO - YMCA DownsLink Group

Chas Walker to step down as CEO

Chas Walker

After thirteen years with YMCA DownsLink Group, Chas Walker has decided to step down as CEO. The Board of Trustees have accepted his resignation and support his decision. We would like to thank him for his dedicated service to the organisation and his commitment to improving the lives of the 1,000s of young people we support each year. We wish him well for all that comes next.

Chas’s departure creates an opportunity for someone with fresh energy and perspective to lead the organisation and help us shape our new long-term strategy.  As the external environment in which we work continues to change, we need to adapt so that we can continue to respond to the challenges and ever-growing needs of our residents and service users.

We will begin the search for a new CEO in the new year. In the meantime, we’re pleased to announce that current trustee, Andrew Taylor, will take up the position of Interim CEO, stepping down from his role as a Trustee and Chair of our Business Planning & Finance Committee in order to support the organisation during this time of transition. Andrew has served as a trustee for the past three years and has a wealth of relevant experience in organisational leadership and development.

As an organisation we are committed to positively transform the lives of children, young people, and adults in our communities.


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.

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