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 North, 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 four standing Committees that operate under delegated authority and Charters approved by the Board:

  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Remuneration and Nominations Committee
  • Safeguarding and Health & Safety Committee
  • Strategic Projects 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 Report please click here

YMCA North Board Members

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kim Choromanski


With a chartered accountancy background that has covered multiple industries and business types, Kim now specialises in supporting organisations through digital transformation, with global experience. From a large family, Kim believes strongly in the importance of peer support for young people, and brings mentorship and not-for-profit experience to the YMCA board.

Megan Scott


Both a chartered accountant and a lawyer, Megan supports clients in delivering strategic change projects and was named one
of the top 20 future leaders by Chartered Accountants New Zealand & Australia in 2019. With a young family, she is interested in the services YMCA provides for young children, as well as the power of a connected community.