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New CEO for YMCA Humber

December 7, 2018

YMCA HUMBER, a youth charity that specialises in supported accommodation across North East Lincolnshire, is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbie Cook as its new Chief Executive. Stepping down from her role as Director of Corporate Relations at Seafish, Debbie took up her new post on 3rd December 2018.


Debbie Cook, YMCA Humber Chief Executive Officer


Debbie was previously Chief Executive of the health charity NASS (the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society), a national charity providing a range of information and support services to people with a form of arthritis, including 96 physiotherapy branches. Debbie was the CEO at NASS for over 6 years and was credited with transforming the charity beyond the expectations of its trustees and its members. Prior to that Debbie was Head of Democracy & Communications at Lincolnshire County Council, part of her 22 year career in local government.

Debbie holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Warwick and is a qualified Chartered Secretary. Her key skills are in leadership, change management, campaigning, stakeholder engagement and communications.

Debbie, who lives near Louth with her husband and two teenage daughters, says:

“I am honoured and absolutely thrilled to be joining YMCA Humber. I am incredibly passionate about the charity sector. YMCA Humber already does some incredible work, supporting young people and their communities across the region. I am looking forward to working with the great team in place to build on current success and grow the work of the charity.  To be part of an organisation that helps young people to fulfil their potential is a privilege and will be hugely rewarding. I can’t wait to be a part of that.” 

Chair of Trustees for YMCA Humber, Stephen Gallaher, said:

“Debbie Cook is a really exciting appointment. We are proud to welcome her to the YMCA Humber team, where she will use her much valued skills and experience to build on our strong local partnerships and help transform communities across our region. I am confident Debbie will make a huge difference to the lives of those people we serve, providing us with excellent leadership and enabling us to increase our impact.

We are grateful to Helen Pine who has been acting CEO for the past 12 months. I know she joins me in welcoming Debbie on board and is looking forward to working with Debbie to ensure that YMCA Humber continues to be a place where everyone can belong, contribute and thrive.”