Voluntary Sector: YMCA reshuffles comms with double appointment

Youth organisation YMCA England has axed its top communications and fundraising role and made two appointments to the separated disciplines.

International Save the Children Alliance communications co-ordinator Josephine Carlsson has become the YMCA's first director of communications. At the same time, Motor Neurone Disease Association fundraiser Jane Burns has become YMCA director of fundraising.

The move follows the departure of YMCA England director of public affairs Chris Roles last November.

The fundraising and PR functions previously came under the remit of Roles, who left to become director of Y Care International, the relief and development agency affiliated to YMCA. 'The decision to create these roles was part of a wider restructure within the YMCA organisation,' said senior press officer Sarah Birdsall.

Carlsson will lead a 14-strong comms team, with responsibility for internal communications, public affairs, the YMCA website, its press office and external relations with stakeholders and partner organisations.

She joins on 18 April and will report to YMCA England national secretary Kevin Williams.

The YMCA has 147 centres in England and claims to reach 240 communities.

It positions itself as a worldwide movement committed to meeting the needs of young people, regardless of their background, through programmes such as skills training and sport.

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