Emily Brock appointed CEO - YMCA DownsLink Group

Emily Brock appointed CEO

Emily Brock, CEO YMCA DownsLink Group

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Emily Brock as our new Chief Executive. Emily arrives at a crucial moment as we grapple with key issues facing the charity sector, such as the cost of living crisis, and how we can address the growing needs of vulnerable children and young people. With her extensive leadership experience and a strong commitment to driving meaningful change, Emily will spearhead our efforts to strengthen our services and expand impact in this challenging environment.

Most recently, Emily was Executive Director of Transformation and Business Improvement at Two Saints, a charity providing homes and specialist support to people who are homeless or in need across Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton. In her role Emily led an ambitious organisational change strategy. With more than 20 years of senior-level experience at organisations such as, RSPCA, Sightsavers and UKTI, she has an impressive track record of delivering impactful results. Additionally, she is Chair at Clock Tower Sanctuary, a Brighton-based drop-in day center for homeless 16-25 year olds, and serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Good Agency.

Commenting on the appointment, Emily says:

“I’m excited to be joining YMCA DownsLink Group as Chief Executive. This is an important moment for the organisation, and I’m committed to making a positive impact. I look forward to working in partnership with the many people and organisations who share a passion for supporting the lives of children and young people.”

Fran Beckett, Chair at YMCA DownsLink Group, said:

“We’re delighted that Emily is joining the organisation and we want to extend a very warm welcome to her. With her track record of exceptional leadership skills, and unwavering commitment to social welfare, Emily is well placed to lead the organisation into a new era of innovation and transformative impact.”

Our charity has been at the forefront of providing support to vulnerable children and young people, addressing issues such as youth homelessness, mental health services, and social exclusion. Under Emily’s leadership, we will focus on our impact and work closely with local communities, businesses, and government agencies to create sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.  Our mission is to create a brighter future for young people.


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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