YMCA is the oldest and largest charity working with young people in the world. Find out more about the key figures within YMCA England & Wales – the national council of YMCAs in England and Wales.

Denise Hatton, YMCA England CEO

Chief Executive

Denise Hatton, Chief Executive Officer and National Secretary, leads our Senior Leadership Team.

Her Majesty The Queen


Her Majesty the Queen was Patron of the National Council of YMCAs for 70 years (1952 – 2022), succeeding her father, King George VI.


YMCA England & Wales is governed by a board of trustees who volunteer their time to help direct our work.

George Williams

Our Founder

YMCA was founded in London by Sir George Williams in 1844.