YMCA Reading

Our Team

Arlene Kersley

Arlene Kersley

Chief Executive Officer

Arlene has a long career across all sectors including Housing Advice and Affordable Housing Development. Arlene has lived all over the world. Once a Board Member of YMCA Reading, she returned in 2017 to take on strategic and operational management of YMCA Reading.

Stephen Ritchie

General Manager

During Stephen’s 12-year career at YMCA Reading he has risen to the top in a number of roles. As our intrepid General Manager, Stephen manages all of the Housing and Support and Maintenance teams as well as our infrastructure.

Stephen Ritchie

Rachel James

Rachel James

HR and Training Manager, and Padworth Activity Centre Manager

Rachel has been with YMCA Reading for over a decade. She manages recruitment, training, payroll, and all other HR functions, as well as managing the operations and bookings of the Padworth Activity Centre. Rachel is the go to person if you are interested in any Volunteering, Trustee or Apprenticeship roles here at YMCA Reading.

Kirstie Brock

Support Team Leader

Kirstie supervises our Case Practitioner Team who provide key support to our residents. Kirstie has in-depth knowledge of housing and support services, having worked much of her career to date at Reading Borough Council.

Kristine Brock

Alison Bennett

Alison Bennett

Parkside Pre-School Manager

Under Alison’s watchful eye, the Parkside Pre-School grows from strength to strength.  A great Team!

Alice Heidemann-Poynton

Parkside Café Manager

Alice recently joined as Cafe Manager after a short break elsewhere.  Alice will be looking at how we can make the Cafe even better for the local community!

Alice Hiedemann-Poynton, photo to follw

Steve Grimshawe

Steve Grimshawe

Maintenance and Workshop Supervisor

Our longest serving member of staff with over 25 years here at YMCA Reading. Steve runs the workshop and keeps all of our facilities in tip-top shape.

To contact any of our staff, call us on 0118 975746, or contact us via contact form by clicking below:

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Our housing is accessed by referral from Reading Borough Council Housing Advice Service or Brighter Futures for Children.

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