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Abi Redmon - Chaplain to the Raedwald Trust, CYM Ipswich

Abi Redmon

Chaplain to the Raedwald Trust

× Abi Redmon - Chaplain to the Raedwald Trust, CYM Ipswich

Abi Redmon

Chaplain to the Raedwald Trust

Abi joined the CYM team in March 2024 as one of the chaplains for the Raedwald Trust offering pastoral support to staff and students across their multiple Alternative Provision sites alongside Beckie. Abi attends Ipswich International Church (Elim) with her husband Jake and their four children and is involved in the worship team. In her spare time she enjoys playing in orchestras and singing in various bands, going to the gym, and loves to host and bake for family and friends.

Ant Cartwright - Chaplain to Chantry Academy / Director of Pastoral Care, CYM Ipswich

Ant Cartwright

Chaplain to Chantry Academy / Director of Pastoral Care

× Ant Cartwright - Chaplain to Chantry Academy / Director of Pastoral Care, CYM Ipswich

Ant Cartwright

Chaplain to Chantry Academy / Director of Pastoral Care

Alongside his chaplaincy role, Ant's role as director of pastoral care sees him looking after our team’s spiritual wellbeing and flourishing. His faith flows from a desire to express the Father heart of God, to shepherd and encourage others to reflect on what makes their soul soar! Ant worships at HOPE Church in Ipswich. He loves to wander and wonder, losing himself in time and space or ancient Tuscan towns. You can find him in cafes listening to Doctor Who audio dramas, Electro-Swing Jazz and spinning around with Kylie!

Beckie Wyncoll - Chaplain to the Raedwald Trust, CYM Ipswich

Beckie Wyncoll

Chaplain to the Raedwald Trust

× Beckie Wyncoll - Chaplain to the Raedwald Trust, CYM Ipswich

Beckie Wyncoll

Chaplain to the Raedwald Trust

Beth Ambrose - Chaplain to Ipswich Academy /  Community Youth Worker, Nacton & Gainsborough , CYM Ipswich

Beth Ambrose

Chaplain to Ipswich Academy / Community Youth Worker, Nacton & Gainsborough

× Beth Ambrose - Chaplain to Ipswich Academy /  Community Youth Worker, Nacton & Gainsborough , CYM Ipswich

Beth Ambrose

Chaplain to Ipswich Academy / Community Youth Worker, Nacton & Gainsborough

Beth started working with CYM as a Chaplain in 2016, and has been based in Ipswich Academy since 2019. Beth works in the school three days per week and as a community youth worker two days per week in the surrounding area of Nacton as part of a project in conjunction with the Salvation Army. Beth engages the community through detached outreach work and a weekly drop-in for young people. Beth attends Fields Church in Kesgrave with her husband Josh. Beth is passionate about wildlife and animals, enjoys being in her garden and going to the zoo! She is also incredibly competitive and loves a good board game.

Frankie MArriott - Gap Year, CYM Ipswich

Frankie MArriott

Gap Year

× Frankie MArriott - Gap Year, CYM Ipswich

Frankie MArriott

Gap Year

Henry Matter - Director of Operations, CYM Ipswich

Henry Matter

Director of Operations

× Henry Matter - Director of Operations, CYM Ipswich

Henry Matter

Director of Operations

Henry joined CYM in 2021 as Director of Operations and is loving his role. Having moved from the private construction sector he is loving combining his passion and talents for operational work with his strong faith. He loves working with the team to facilitate their day to day needs and working on larger projects. When not at work you will find Henry with his wife Julia and their cat Goose or visiting national trust properties. Henry and Julia are active members of Burlington Baptist Church in Ipswich and Henry is chair of Suffolk Christian Camps.

Jo Holmes - Chaplain to Suffolk ONE Sixth Form Centre , CYM Ipswich

Jo Holmes

Chaplain to Suffolk ONE Sixth Form Centre

× Jo Holmes - Chaplain to Suffolk ONE Sixth Form Centre , CYM Ipswich

Jo Holmes

Chaplain to Suffolk ONE Sixth Form Centre

Jo’s role is to be a spiritual presence within the college for all faiths and none. To provide a safe space for staff and students to talk, rejoice, comfort, and encourage. Jo worships at All Saints Church Ipswich with her husband Matt, they have three boys and like spending time together as a family. Jo loves spending time with people and enjoys country and beach walks.

Josh Ambrose - Director of Campsite Programme, CYM Ipswich

Josh Ambrose

Director of Campsite Programme

× Josh Ambrose - Director of Campsite Programme, CYM Ipswich

Josh Ambrose

Director of Campsite Programme

Josh enjoys nothing more than dreaming and being creative. He has been very fortunate in having opportunities to travel and visit different parts of the world, which has hugely contributed to Josh’s laid back, positive character. Josh married Beth in 2020 during the pandemic and they regularly attend Fields Church in Kesgrave. Since owning a house together, both Beth and Josh have discovered the joys of gardening and finishing the week with a bit of Gardeners World. Josh joined CYM in 2016, first contributing to the much loved African Adventure school programme before coordinating CYM’s various programmes from Vauxhall site.

Kori Dorrington - Chaplain to St. Matthew's Primary School, CYM Ipswich

Kori Dorrington

Chaplain to St. Matthew's Primary School

× Kori Dorrington - Chaplain to St. Matthew's Primary School, CYM Ipswich

Kori Dorrington

Chaplain to St. Matthew's Primary School

Kori joined CYM in 2021 and works as our chaplain at St. Matthew’s CofE Primary School as well as being a class teacher there. She is married to Jono and they live with their cheeky Border Collie, Jackson. Kori and Jono are part of the Bridge Ipswich church family. Kori also enjoys a good book, cooking and perusing a good charity shop. Adventures with family are a favourite pastime, with good food and a lovely drop of rain.

Lucy Anstey - Director of Chaplaincy, CYM Ipswich

Lucy Anstey

Director of Chaplaincy

× Lucy Anstey - Director of Chaplaincy, CYM Ipswich

Lucy Anstey

Director of Chaplaincy

Lucy has been a part of the CYM team since 2013, working for African Adventure for several years initially, and now leading and supporting our wonderful team of school chaplains. Lucy has loved working to develop our culture and team over her time at CYM. She is passionate about education and particularly the person centred, holistic approach that school chaplaincy takes. Lucy is married two Joshua, they have two young children and are a part of Proclaimers Church. She sings in church and her local choir and loves to get out walking and exploring beautiful Suffolk with her family.

Mark Etheridge - Campsite Programme Coordinator, CYM Ipswich

Mark Etheridge

Campsite Programme Coordinator

× Mark Etheridge - Campsite Programme Coordinator, CYM Ipswich

Mark Etheridge

Campsite Programme Coordinator

Mark started with CYM in February 2020 as part of the chaplaincy team for three years based within the Raedwald trust. During the 2023 Mark then helped out at the Basecamp during the summer term. Mark loves being active and enjoy many sports, in particular football and golf, playing Vets football and a member of a local golf club. He is a big Ipswich Town fan and occasionally go to the games. Mark attends Hope church, helping with the youth work. He has a huge passion for young people of all ages and want to help them grow and experience the love of God. Mark is

Simon Scott - CEO, CYM Ipswich

Simon Scott

CEO

× Simon Scott - CEO, CYM Ipswich

Simon Scott

CEO

Simon joined CYM in 2013 and is based at our office. He worships at The Salvation Army in Felixstowe. Married to Annette, they have two teenage children and all love going to football together as season ticket holders at the mighty ITFC! Simon loves music, the outdoors, running and walking, and will have a go at pretty much any sport. He tries his hardest to keep his competitive spirit in a healthy place! Simon oversees the vision, mission, and values of the charity, providing strategic direction and care for our team, holding us accountable to our Trustees.

Tom Stokes - Chaplain to Abbeygate Sixth Form & West Suffolk College, CYM Ipswich

Tom Stokes

Chaplain to Abbeygate Sixth Form & West Suffolk College

× Tom Stokes - Chaplain to Abbeygate Sixth Form & West Suffolk College, CYM Ipswich

Tom Stokes

Chaplain to Abbeygate Sixth Form & West Suffolk College

Tom has volunteered with CYM over many years, particularly with African Adventure and Base Camp, prior to joining our Chaplaincy team. He attends the Salvation Army in Stowmarket, where he is the church youth leader. He really enjoys watching and playing football and is a big Ipswich Town fan. He is also an avid follower of Formula 1 and hopes to attend a live race in the future. Tom loves supporting young people when they need it the most, helping them to feel comfortable and safe in themselves.

Ursula French - Finance & Admin Assistant, CYM Ipswich

Ursula French

Finance & Admin Assistant

× Ursula French - Finance & Admin Assistant, CYM Ipswich

Ursula French

Finance & Admin Assistant

Ursula has worked for CYM for nearly 4 years. Firstly, looking at finance but more recently working with the team with admin for the campsite programme. Ursula attends Fields church with her husband Adrian. She has 2 grown up children, who are both married and they consider that they now have 4 children. Adding to that they have 4 wonderful grandchildren who, they are happy to say, take up a lot of their time. Ursula loves swimming and goes to a local pool regularly. She has a passion for paper crafts, reading, baking, entertaining, but her greatest joy is her family.

Trustees

Chris Ginn - , CYM Ipswich

Chris Ginn

× Chris Ginn - , CYM Ipswich

Chris Ginn

Chris has seen first-hand the way CYM has helped young people thrive and is excited by the vision of CYM and felt called to volunteer to serve as a trustee. Married to Maggie for almost 40 years, they lost their eldest son Mike to Leukaemia aged 29 but have a daughter in law and granddaughter living near Ipswich.Their younger son James and his wife and three children and live in Coventry. Chris had the privilege of taking early retirement from his career as a forensic accountant. Maggie and Chris are part of Bridge Church in Ipswich. They enjoy cruising, board games and sport! They play golf, football and walking football! Maggie and Chris met through the youth group at West Road Church in Bury St Edmunds. Nigel Taylor was their leader. Chris has been involved with CYM for many years dating back to being on the Livewires organising committee, regularly taking a group of non-church youngsters from Chantry to Roadshow and cooking for African adventure with Maggie . Mike spent a year with CYM prior to teaching and James worked at African adventure for a summer.

Christine Knight - , CYM Ipswich

Christine Knight

× Christine Knight - , CYM Ipswich

Christine Knight

Christine is mum to two grown up sons and ‘Nanny’ to a very vibrant 5-year-old granddaughter. She is a committed Christian and has been a member of Bethel Apostolic Church in Ipswich for over 30 years. Currently she is part of the ministry’s leadership team, serving in many areas of church life including, Assistant Pastor, Secretary, Treasurer, and Trustee. She further supports the youth and music ministries. Christine joined the CYM trustees board in 2024 and has a heart for young people; desiring to see them know and develop a relationship with Jesus. Christine enjoys singing praises to God and was previously a member of Ipswich Community Gospel Choir and a finalist in Ipswich Has Got Talent. She also enjoys watching live music and theatre, and taking parts in activities that allow her to be creative. She is employed in the field of communications for a local authority - a sector that she has been involved in for over 30 years.

Ed Abernethy - , CYM Ipswich

Ed Abernethy

× Ed Abernethy - , CYM Ipswich

Ed Abernethy

Ed works for the NHS in mental health with children, young people, and their families in schools. Before that he was a Youth Worker then Minister in South London working for Charities and Churches. It was on a gap year with Oasis, as part of the Chaplaincy Team in Croydon, that Ed found a passion for working with young people in schools and for youth work. Ed and his family have moved back to Ipswich to be nearer family along with a step into this slightly different career. Having grown up in Ipswich, he has a love of CYM and their legacy of work with young people for generations. Ed has a passion for young people to see transformation through Jesus’ incredible, generous, love for them.

Graham Abbott  - Chair of Trustees, CYM Ipswich

Graham Abbott

Chair of Trustees

× Graham Abbott  - Chair of Trustees, CYM Ipswich

Graham Abbott

Chair of Trustees

Graham is a solo Dad to a 6 year old lad which makes life such an awesome adventure. He started life as an electrician, retrained as a Social Worker, worked in both Substance Misuse and Mental Health Services and now works in the local Public Health team. He has been part of the Colchester Road Baptist family since he was about 3. He remembers a significant book ‘You can make a difference’ by Tony Compolo, it gave him a calling and passion to serve God in his generation. Serving has seasons and having spent much of his life involved with youth work and music ge is currently focussed on his role in the CRBC leadership team. His passion for being involved with CYM started with being a young person when CYM started, going to Highlife, Crucial Moves, Sizewell's, Celebrations, Roadshows and many more . . . . from being a young person, like many before and after, he was soon involved in helping, supporting and organising and leading events. Graham joined as a Trustee in 2013 and it has been an exciting journey seeking God on where He is calling CYM to boldly go. The world around us is ever changing and for CYM following God’s calling has meant journeying from traditional schools work to chaplaincy, transitioning from 'African Adventure' at Sizewell and our base at Great Coleman Street to a move to Vauxhall Farm. Graham is excited and thrilled by the move to Vauxhall Farm, alongside our chaplaincy presence and our local church network. A potential to see God move, lives changed, and individual young people and children reach their full potential, which ultimately is in Jesus.

Mandy Stone - , CYM Ipswich

Mandy Stone

× Mandy Stone - , CYM Ipswich

Mandy Stone

Married to Rod for almost 40 years, they have 4 children living in Ipswich, Brighton, Oxford and Guatemala. Mandy has the joy of working part - time for Triangle Living Water Community Shop. She loves to spend time with her family, to worship with and to serve her church family in Ipswich (Ipswich International Church). Rod and Mandy enjoy travelling, walking, Indian food, going to the theatre together and watching crime dramas on TV. Mandy read all kinds of fiction whenever she has time. Another of her loves is CYM. She believes 100 percent in the vision of reaching young people in an authentic, Christlike way. It's her privilege to serve as a Trustee and to do what she can to serve in practical ways.

Matt Levett - , CYM Ipswich

Matt Levett

× Matt Levett - , CYM Ipswich

Matt Levett

Matt is an avid admirer of all things comic book - especially Wonder Woman. He loves films; loves good food; loves surfing (but is really quite bad at it!) and loves open water swimming – the colder the better. He plays Risk – a lot, and he has a mysterious interest in cryptozoology (google it!) He also attends the Eurovision Song contest in country every year! Matt has been a youth worker all his life and currently works for the Anglican Church in Suffolk helping them to grow by growing younger. In his spare time, he helps run a charity for street kids in Latin America and gets out there whenever he can and serves as a trustee for several local charities connected with young people, including CYM. Oh yeah…and the most important bit - he has been involved in Church ministry all his life. He really believes that the local Church really is the hope for the world. He loves teaching theology to the ‘non-religious. He’s really passionate about young people and mission and thinks that living for Jesus is not just a good thing but the best thing. No, really he does …”

Tristan Clee - , CYM Ipswich

Tristan Clee

× Tristan Clee - , CYM Ipswich

Tristan Clee

Tristan is trying hard to be Christlike with a passion for Youth work. Living in Northamptonshire with his family he attends The Salvation Army for worship, and during the rest of the week he is a mobile church in his community, workplace and at the school he mentors in as a volunteer. He has worked for FedEx for more than 21 years working out of their European HQ in The Netherlands. A qualified rugby referee for over 28 years, he has had the opportunity to officiate in England, Scotland, Germany, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Belgium & USA. He is passionate about most sports keeping half an eye on Coventry City FC, Coventry Blaze and Northampton Saints. He is husband to Jo and father to his 'financial drains' Zara and Ewan. As a trustee he wants to be an encourager, prayer warrior, and a supporter of the vision of CYM.

Ambassadors

CYM is excited to announce the new role of ‘Ambassador’ for the charity. This will be a role that primarily promotes and supports the charity in the ambassador’s own sphere of work and influence. We are keen to share the work of the charity in some key areas of society, including business/entrepreneurship, charity, education, faith, media, politics, and sport. Whilst it is not a decision-making role (i.e. a Trustee), the Ambassadors will work closely with the CEO to support the promotion of CYM’s work in Suffolk and beyond. If you are interested in supporting CYM in this way, please contact Simon to arrange a chat.

Archdeacon Rhiannon King - CYM Ambassador, CYM Ipswich

Archdeacon Rhiannon King

CYM Ambassador

× Archdeacon Rhiannon King - CYM Ambassador, CYM Ipswich

Archdeacon Rhiannon King

CYM Ambassador

The Venerable Archdeacon Rhiannon King, Archdeacon for Ipswich, and Director of Inspiring Ipswich. Rhiannon is the Archdeacon of Ipswich and the Director of Inspiring Ipswich, a revitalisation initiative amongst the Anglican churches in the town. She is passionate about churches reaching out to children and young people and used to direct the ‘Growing Younger’ project in Birmingham. She is a keen supporter of the work of CYM and loves hearing about what God is doing in and through children and young people across the town

Partnerships

Belle Coaches The Wenham Trust Transforming lives for good Suffolk Community Foundation Vauxhall Christian Trust St. Matthews Primary School Ridley Hall The Salvation Army Suffolk ONE Raedwald Trust Ormiston Endeavour Academy Kintsugi Hope LD Rope Trust Lemmings Holidays Gospel Hydration Ipswich Borough Council Ipswich Academy Christian Residential Network East of England Co-op East Anglian Children's Hospice Chantry Academy

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