“I, along with my small team, get a great deal of satisfaction in providing a safe, welcoming home for vulnerable young adults in Doncaster and helping them to step up and onward with their life.“
Andy is our Operations Manager and began working for YMCA Doncaster in July 2017.
Born in Singapore, Andy and his family moved back to the UK when he was young. He lived the majority of his younger years in the south of England. Andy moved to Yorkshire following his time spent at university in Hull. He finally settled in Sheffield and commutes to Doncaster on a daily basis for work.
Whilst Andy was still at school, he took on a Saturday job in a local supermarket stacking shelves:
“Where I worked, nearly all the managers left by about 5pm on a Saturday and the store was run by quite junior people for the final 3 hours. It made me realise I would want to be more hands on and not expect people to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself.”
Prior to joining YMCA Doncaster’s staff team, Andy ran his own companies, which he had founded around 10 years previously.
Working in hospitality, and often working 70 plus hours each week, Andy felt the need for a career change to enable him to spend more time with his family; this coincided with the death of a school friend:
“I’d been made aware that a school friend I had lost touch with had died and how cruel it seemed at such a young age. He had dedicated his life to helping youngsters in some of the most deprived areas of Birmingham. Although I had enjoyed my time, of nearly 20 years, working in hospitality, his work seemed much more worthy. So, the combination of this role appearing in my twitter time line and the thoughts Matthew’s death had triggered lead me to research it and apply.”
Andy states that his role as Operations Manager is hard to convey in one sentence, as it covers a multitude of tasks. He is responsible for finance and financial reporting, as well as YMCA Doncaster’s buildings, Health and Safety across the site and also Client Support responsibilities.
“I, along with my small team, get a great deal of satisfaction in providing a safe, welcoming home for vulnerable young adults in Doncaster and helping them to step up and onward with their life. Contributing to all the things that happen in the background to make that possible is intensely rewarding.”
Andy fills his spare time watching Southampton Football club and has recently begun taking his son to games. He also enjoys cooking produce from his own garden and states that he enjoys politics, ‘not just party political, but the politics of politics’.