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YMCA South 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 YMCA South 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.

Bridget-Mary McGown - Chair

Bridget-Mary joined the YMCA in 2002. Working as a Programme Manager for Southern District Health Board, Bridget-Mary has a varied and wide background in health and community services. Bridget-Mary was announced as a life member in 2019 after significant service to the YMCA in Southland.

Paul Rabbitt

Paul’s involvement with the YMCA started in April 2000, when he joined the 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 South 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, Sport Southland.