James was born and bred in Christchurch, returning back home with his family in 2012 to assist with the rebuild. He is an investment and commercial professional with substantive experience on large infrastructure projects both in developing countries and New Zealand.
He has a passion for seeing social transformation and also holds board positions with Soul Capital (impact investment in social enterprises) and Hope for Nations (a Church based international development assistance programme).
Outside of work James can be found on Canterbury’s running trails, tramping with his wife Robyn or playing lego with his twin boys.
Vice President, 2017-current
Hannah has worked in the youth sector as a youth worker, facilitator and researcher for over a decade. Hannah grew up in Auckland but moved to Christchurch and attended Canterbury University to complete a BA in Geography and Sociology. Hannah completed a post graduate degree in Public Health, which enabled her to engage in a range of ways with youth workers and researchers to connect the dots between practice and theory, and led to her setting up her own business – Grassroots Research. Hannah has also worked as Youth Development Coordinator at Waimakariri District Council, Youth Recovery Project Coordinator at NZ Red Cross and now works full time as the Team Leader Youth Engagement at Environment Canterbury Regional Council. Hannah is also on the Board for the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective and YMCA New Zealand.
Ed has been on the Board of Trustees of the Christchurch YMCA since 1997, and has served as Vice President, President and currently Immediate Past President, with initial involvement at the YMCA beginning as a 10 year old camper at Wainui Park.
With over 35 years experience in the engineering industry, Ed joined Advanced Personnel in October 1996 as the Industrial Consultant in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector. He is also involved on the Board of Trustees at Mairehau High School, and from 2004 till the end of 2014 Ed was both Deputy Chairman and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Ed is married with two adult daughters. His interests are football, outdoor pursuit and mountain biking.
University of Canterbury Graduate BE (Civil) – 1972, Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)
Dave was a regular user of YMCA facilities for 25 years, until 2011.
He joined Buchanan & Fletcher Ltd as a Director in 1987 and still holds this position. Dave has worked as a consulting structural engineer during this time designing numerous buildings including the structural design of the six-storey YMCA accommodation building.
Dave has experience in successfully running a small business and extensive knowledge of the construction industry and the building code. He has travelled and worked for several years overseas, in different cultural environments.
Josie grew up in Auckland, but has lived in Christchurch for the past 24 years. She considers herself a parent first, a youth worker second, and a “CEO” third.
Josie is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Christchurch YMCA, and has worked for the YMCA fulltime in senior management positions for 15 years, the past eight in her current role.
Josie has work experience in youth work, health and fitness and outdoor education. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Not For Profit Management, a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws, and spent a period of time serving in the NZ Police.
Her main motivation is to make a difference to the lives of others, and the great thing about the Y is that the organisation does a lot of different things for a lot of different people. Her current responsibilities now are focused on strategic leadership, guiding the executive management team, and financial sustainability.
Jon started his involvement with the YMCA as a camper at Wainui, going on to become a volunteer leader.
After leaving school Jon worked for the Y for two years mainly running holiday programmes and camps, then continued his study at Lincoln University, going on to complete the Parks and Recreation Diploma.
While at Lincoln Jon joined the Board as a trustee. On completion of his study he joined Halswell Residential College as an Assistant Residential Social Worker. Jon as held a variety of positions at Halswell Residential College since then, including being elected staff member on the Board of Trustees and is currently Associate Principal Residential.
Born and raised in Christchurch, Steve was educated at Shirley Boys’ High School, Otago University and Christchurch Teachers’ College.
Steve’s work history includes teaching, PR and marketing, sales and sales management, general management, HR consulting, finance and capital raising, consulting in a professional services firm environment and civil service.
In addition to his role with the Christchurch YMCA, Steve is involved in the sport of fencing as a coach; administrator; former NZ representative; International Referee (having officiated at Olympic and World Cup events); and manager of NZ teams at international events. He was the Oceanic Zone member of the World Youth Games Board, the entity that led to the establishment of the Youth Olympics.
Hana O’Regan (Kāti Rakiāmoa, Kāti Ruahikihiki, Kāi Tūāhuriri, Kāti Waewae) is the General Manager of Oranga/ Wellbeing for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Hana’s career has been largely focused on the areas of Māori language revitalisation and Māori educational achievement whilst also being an active advocate and driver for her own tribal language revitalisation strategy within Kāi Tahu.
Hana has held positions as the Manager of the Māori Language Unit of the Ngāi Tahu tribal organisation, lecturer at the University of Otago, Lecturer, Head of School and Faculty Dean and the Director Māori & Pasifika and Director Student Services at The Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, CPIT. Hana is also currently a New Zealand Fellow on the International Centre for Language Revitalisation, ICLR and a member of Ngā Kaituhono.
Hana’s expertise in te reo is recognised regionally, nationally and internationally. She has held memberships on numerous commissions, boards, advisory groups and committees and strategy reference groups, she is a sought after public speaker, tutor and author.
A proud mother of two children, Hana is committed to te reo in the home and intergenerational transmission of the language.
Chief Executive Officer