Rob joined the YMCA - initially as a volunteer for few days - in 2004.
As CEO he helps lead, develop and grow the charity, supporting clients, staff and trustees to improve our impact. Apart from 'boring' bits like insurance, contracts, legal matters he leads on building positive relationships with other charities, councils, funders, churches & supporters; as well as being our designated safeguarding lead for all safeguarding policy, training & reporting. [for more on safeguarding see www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/safe ]
Rob values & enjoys every chance to support staff, volunteers & clients - seeing them empowered to develop their full potential in life. The best advice he's been given and often gives is: "It’s OK to ‘not be OK’ or to be angry… but think about getting some support to help you find the best way forward to use those raw feelings positively"
Rob volunteers in other youth work/housing charities, education, and his local church [some links below] and is always happy to support those fleeing domestic abuse, veterans or those struggling with mental health issues or anger.
He's also a doting husband, dad of 2 amazing daughters, 'papa' to 2 incredible grandsons & is often dog-walked by his Westie. He has an adopted adult son in Azerbaijan [it's a long story, when he was a street homeless asylum seeker] and enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, eating, offshore sailing, reading, eating, DIY, camping & eating. He is still under training to be remotely useful anywhere in a garden or kitchen!
Rob is also
- part of a safeguarding team at his local church St Stephens, Tonbridge
- on the board of Oakley College - a local SEN provider
- founding trustee of SAYT - www.SAYT.org.uk > SAYT film
- a trustee of MYT - www.themytrust.org
- a director of YMCA Blackburn [Y Housing] Registered Provider of social housing across England
- on LinkedIn HERE as rjmarsh
- on Twitter HERE as @_rob_marsh