As a not for profit organisation we are committed to helping building strong kids, families and communities in an ethical and sustainable way.

Here, we provide an overview of the organisation’s governance, and associated practices and policies.

So far as they are applicable to YMCA, the Board has considered and included these principles in our governance arrangements.


The Board is committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and accountability. It operates under a Charter, the purpose of which is to promote high standards of governance and clarify of their own role and responsibilities.

Role of the Board and Management

The Board has responsibility for the affairs and activities of YMCA North. The Board recognises the importance of focusing on governance of the business and value growth, rather than management of the business. The Chief Executive is charged with the day-to-day running of the organisation, and provides the principal link between the Board and management, acting within authorities delegated by the Board.

Board Committees

Committees have been created to increase the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Board. The Board has three standing Committees that operate under delegated authority and Charters approved by the Board:

  • the Audit & Risk Committee
  • the Finance Committee
  • the Remuneration Committee

Committee members are appointed by the Board. The Chair, by right of office, is a member of each Committee.

Annual Report

YMCA North’s (formerly YMCA of Auckland) Annual Report details our financial information and explains our operations and the scope of our business. YMCA North is required to publish our Annual Report - click here to read.

To review the latest Financial Annual Report please click here.

YMCA North Board Members

David O Jones


Experienced in many areas of the law, with a high profile in sports law, but best known for expertise in corporate law, capital markets, governance, strategy and mergers and acquisitions. The nature of the transactions David has been involved with over the years reflect his credentials as well as his appointments at Government level, including as Chairman of the Takeovers Panel for many years and as Personal Advisor to the Minister of Justice on the Company Law Reforms of the early 1990’s. Invested as a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his service to business and the economy in 2012.

Matt Roberts


Performance-orientated management professional with a proven track record in leadership, business transformation, enhancing service levels, managing business and information systems risk, improving workflow processes and managing profitable relationships. Strong governance, analytical and technical abilities, acute problem-solving skills and operational expertise in SME and multinational environments. Experience reflects consistent achievements and promotions to more visible senior leadership positions. Drive results through exceptional team-building skills and talent for maximising organisational and customer results. Matt also holds the position of President of YMCA National.

Paul Yallop


Paul is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the commercial environment for many years, including leadership roles for large multinationals and NZ wholesalers and retailers. His roles also include being the Financial Advisor and Change Agent to smaller NZ retailers, family run organisations, not for profit organisations as well as being an Advisor to their Board of Directors. Paul is also on the Board of Asthma NZ and was previously a committee member of St John (Auckland). At YMCA North, Paul has undertaken a number of roles including Head of the Finance Committee, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and as Vice President.

Ken Durbin


A qualified Chartered Accountant with the bulk of experience in public practice, now working part-time as a sole practitioner providing accounting, taxation and business services to Small and Medium Enterprises and Businesses. Extensive experience in governance roles, particularly with the YMCA, having served on the Board for over 40 years and including three terms as President. As President, Ken was the driving force behind the development and adoption of the Strategic Plan which provided the vision and drive for YMCA North to become the largest non-government provider of community recreation in New Zealand.

David Kranz


Extensive training and experience working with youth and the community, both in New Zealand and overseas, has led to a long association with YMCA North. These include starting as the first YMCA/Council Recreation Officer, serving as the North Shore Coordinator of RYDUM, Camp and Volunteer Director at the North Shore facility, Programme Director as well as General Manager of North Shore YMCA. A passion for youth development and an interest in his community is evident in the numerous governance positions held while running a successful retail business. David's time on the Board has also included positions of President and Vice President. David is also a Board member of YMCA National.

Mark Lawlor


A specialist in employment law with extensive experience as an advocate in personal grievance claims, conducting private negotiation and appearing before the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court. A strong knowledge base across a number of industry sectors, including air transport, IT, manufacturing, FMCG and retail and fitness/recreation.

Christine Pears


Minst, CA, B Com. An astute and experienced business leader, who has successfully and effectively developed high performing and engaged teams to deliver on strategic, operational and financial plans and initiatives, delivering significant and profitable growth to private and public organisations.

Mark McCartney


A highly skilled and experienced strategic and corporate communications, marketing, commercial and sponsorship professional with almost two decades of experience across a variety of industries. His experience across sport extends from grassroots through to the highest level of global sport, and covers motorsport, golf, football, tennis, AFL and surfing – as well as with major global brands.