Meet the team


Gary RoskellGary
Chief Executive


SusanSusan Roberts
Deputy Chief Executive


JamesJames Ingles
Volunteer Centre & Community Transport Co-ordinator


AnneAnne Snell
Community Engagement Officer


JakeJake Porter
Administration Apprentice


Patricia Snelling
Volunteer Centre Volunteer


HaffyHaffy Ali
Volunteer Centre Volunteer



John Cochrane
John worked as a GP in Redditch for over 20 years and a then a few years in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS). After retirement I was a Justice of the Peace in the adult criminal and family courts. He has been involved in Redditch One World Link(ROWL) Emmanuel Church at the Ecumenical Centre, Redditch, YMCA Worcestershire, Redditch Children’s Centres’ Advisory Board, Redditch Interfaith Group, and Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcomes Refugees (BRWR). Outside Redditch he is on the board of a charity supporting a rural hospital in Sierra Leone where I worked for a few years in the seventies and have visited several times again recently.

Mike Hill (Chair) ACMA ACIS BA (Hons)
Mike has nearly 30 years experience in Further Education in a number of positions including Assistant Principal and Vice Principal. He now works for four local charities in positions of Chair, Vice Chair or Treasurer. He is also a trustee of a University Student Union and a Chair of Governors of a School Federation. He is a qualified accountant and company administrator and has a degree in Social Science. Prior to becoming Chair he was BARN’s Treasurer.

Karen Jones
Karen manages Home-Start North East Worcestershire, an independent family support charity based at Community House working exclusively with Worcestershire families who may be needing support for a wide array of reasons. These may include mental health, domestic abuse, disability and many other difficulties. They help these families to tackle whatever issues they may be facing whilst offering a supportive and friendly approach which is almost exclusively delivered via the help of volunteers. As well as being a trustee of BARN she is also a trustee of Community House, Redditch.

Karen McConnell
After having worked as a Senior Manager in the Insolvency service for 27 years, Karen now manages Two Pennies Money Advice which is a charity helping residents of Worcestershire who have debt problems. She is also involved in a charity called Growbaby which provides clothes, toys and equipment for free to anyone who has need in Worcester. In her spare time, she enjoys all sports including tennis, badminton, cycling and hiking and recently qualified as a personal trainer.

Clare McKee
Clare has an accomplished sales and marketing background. A founder of 123 Business Support which offers help and support to SMEs, and Head of Lead Generation at St Paul’s Marketing, she helped with BARN’s rebranding and profile-raising. She has previously worked at a marketing consultant and Business Development Manager, and helped companies such as Tesco, Directline and Argos.

Jennifer Morris
Jenny has spent her career as a governance specialist, most recently in the further education sector at Heart of Worcestershire College. Other roles include company secretary of the West Midlands Museums Council and Professional Services Manager at ‘ICSA: The Governance Institute’, of which she is also a member. Jenny has personal experience of volunteering, as she was a volunteer advisor at Bromsgrove Citizens Advice Bureau for a number of years.

Yvonne Rendell
Yvonne is an experienced manager and consultant with particular expertise in all areas of business change management and ICT related management. Areas of business specialisation include Higher Education, Central & Local Government, Housing Management, Property Management, Payment Management, Defence, Logistics, Manufacturing, Retail and Utilities. She runs her own consultancy company, and has acted as project manager and consultant for clients such as the University of Westminster, University of the Arts London, and the Learning and Skills Council. She is an active member of Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcomes Refugees and Churches Together in Bromsgrove.

Geoff Taylor-Smith
Geoff has been Head of Children and Families at YMCA Worcestershire since 2011, where he manages alternative education, Foundation Learning, early years and childcare , volunteering, youth and community activities and mental health and emotional well-being. Specific projects include National Citizen Service, Talent Match and Prison Family Support Service. Geoff is an experienced and successful assistant director in Educational and Children’s Services. He offers stability, continuity, leadership and management. He has proved himself highly skilled in transforming underachieving services, in offering inspirational leadership and successful change management. Prior to this Geoff was an assistant director Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Children’s Services. As an assistant director he has successfully led school reorganisation programmes and implemented capital improvement projects including the management of private finance initiative programmes.

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