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The Y in Southland is governed by our trustees who bring with them a diverse range of skills and experience. The role of the Board, on behalf of our members, partners and stakeholders, is to ensure that the Y works towards achieving its vision and mission. The Board is also responsible for the development of strategic directions and goals and the provision of leadership in achieving these.

Bryony Clarke - Chair

Bryony joined the YMCA Board in July 2021 and was appointed Chair in March 2022. Bryony is currently the CFO at the Fortuna Group, an innovative and forward thinking dairy company who own and operate 20 farms across Southland. Outside of work, Bryony has been a volunteer First Responder with St Johns since August 2017. She is passionate about the great outdoors we have on our doorstep in Southland and can often be found tramping and fishing.

Bridget-Mary McGown

Bridget-Mary joined the YMCA Board in 2002. During this time, Bridget-Mary has seen The Y change and evolve to meet the needs of our community to ensure that the Y is here for the benefit of generations to come. Steeped in history and tradition it is the Y’s ability to build on this, yet change to remain relevant in today’s world that has kept her actively involved in the Y both locally and nationally.

Bridget- Mary works in the area of change management and has a varied and wide background across the health, disability and community service sectors gained in both New Zealand and the UK. Bridget-Mary was awarded a life membership in 2019 for her significant service to the YMCA in Southland.

Paul Rabbitt

Paul’s involvement with the YMCA started in April 2000, when he joined Southland YMCA Education Ltd. In 2003 he became the Chairman of Education and joined the Trust Board. Paul has an extensive practical background in property management and considerable experience in business.

Dave Madden

Dave joined the YMCA Board of Directors in 1991. He represented YMCA Southland at YMCA World Alliance and World Urban Network July 2010 in Hong Kong, and found the conference to be a valuable experience. Dave is a supervisor with the Department of Corrections, with a long association within community sport and recreation.

James Harvey

James joined the YMCA Board in 2020. James is a Chartered Accountant and Partner of McCulloch & Partners. James is the Chairperson of the Southland Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand Local Leadership Teams, Committee Member for Head Injury Society Southland Inc. and a Business Mentor for Business Mentors New Zealand. Prior to joining MCulloch & Partners, James worked in both the commercial sector and public practice. This included five years in senior operational and commercial positions in Australia with an international mining company before returning to New Zealand and taking up the role of Commercial Manager at Fonterra, Edendale.

Nathan Burdon

Nathan joined the YMCA Board in 2020. Nathan’s extensive communications background includes 16 years with Southland Times as Chief Sports Editor covering local, regional and international events including Southland’s Tour of Southland, Kepler Mountain Race and Oceania’s Track Cycling Championships. Nathan is the Communications Manager for Regional Sports Trust, Active Southland.

Kari Graber

Kari joined the YMCA Board in July 2021. Kari holds multiple director positons in the Southland area and is passionate about our community and young people. In her day job she is the Group Marketing Manager for JJ Limited and is a member of the Marketing Association of New Zealand. She also has a background in policy and has worked for local and national governments here and abroad. She brings with her a multitude of governance and marketing skills and a passion for Southland.

Nick Evans

Nick joined the YMCA Board in 2021. Nick is currently a senior business consultant for PwC, specialising in strategy and architecture. Prior to joining PwC, Nick worked as a project manager within the marine and aerospace industry, working on projects for the International Space Station and various Americas Cup contenders.