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Rob Marsh - Chief Executive

Rob has been CEO of YMCA West Kent since 2004. See his recent exploits on a 2nd hand mountain bike

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at times this challenge was more of a 6 km high climb carrying bikes! Between the storms, there were some great views and descents
at times this challenge was more of a 6 km high climb carrying bikes! Between the storms, there were some great views and descents
view towards Ben Nevis on day 3 of the YMCA mountain bike challenge 2019 - massive amount of standing water and damaged paths
view towards Ben Nevis on day 3 of the YMCA mountain bike challenge 2019 - massive amount of standing water and damaged paths
Rob's westie "Archie" is a key member of our Dragon Boat Race team... - he is a competent paw
Rob's westie "Archie" is a key member of our Dragon Boat Race team... - he is a competent paw

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 he leads on relationships with other charities, councils, funders, churches & supporters; as well as being our lead for all safeguarding policy, training and reporting. 

Rob values and 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 feelings positively.

Rob is involved as a volunteer in other youth work, 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, grandparent & dog (Westie) owner; has an adopted adult son in Azerbaijan [it's a long story] and enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, offshore sailing, reading, DIY, camping & eating. He is still under training to be remotely useful in the garden or kitchen!  

See Rob's latest mountain bike exploits at www.give.net/c2c more photos at  https://tinyurl.com/y4m8gg8f | Rob is

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