Gillian Sewell

Gillian Sewell

YMCA Derbyshire

Gillian Sewell is the CEO at YMCA Derbyshire, the Derbyshire arm of the YMCA, the oldest and largest youth charity in the world.

Career Overview

Gillian is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in social finance and non-profit management. Before joining YMCA Derbyshire in 2001, she worked for just over nine years at YMCA Leicester in programme management and housing and sports management roles, which preceded a spell as deputy CEO.

Gillian is skilled in the areas of new builds, income generation, housing management, budgeting, business planning, community development, and social enterprise. 

In December 2021, Gillian appeared on a Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland podcast, discussing the importance of leadership and the impact it has had on her career to date.


Gillian studied for a Youth and Community Studies Diploma at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1993. She completed her Master’s Degree at De Montfort University in Leicester, studying Management Studies, Business Administration and General Management and graduating in 2001.

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