Civic Pride nominee – Danny Flynn
As the CEO of YMCA North Staffs, Danny Flynn has turned a hostel into a youth campus with a multi-million-pound turnover.
During his 20 years in the role he has championed the rights not just of many thousands of young people but of anyone struggling in life.
He began his working life as a part-time diesel-fitter at the age of 14 years. He went full-time after leaving school at 16 with one O Level, eventually moving to a body-spraying shop in Fenton. In 1982 he was encouraged to attend Stoke-on-Trent College, where he achieved A Levels in Social Economic History and Sociology.
The following year, he began his career in the charity sector by moving to London to work as a community service volunteer at a day centre for homeless people.
A year later he moved back to Stoke-on-Trent to work in social services, eventually joining the Potteries Housing Association where he worked in the hostel. Within two years he became Hostel Manager and then, five years later, Deputy Chief Executive.
After seven years as Deputy Chief Executive at the Potteries Housing Association, Danny joined YMCA North Staffordshire as CEO.
Danny has been nominated for a Civic Pride Award in the Your Heroes Awards by Lloyd Cooke, the Chief Executive of Saltbox.
Lloyd said: “Danny Flynn became the CEO at YMCA North Staffs 20 years ago and since then has seen the organisation grow significantly. It provides housing and support for many young people and has seen many lives wonderfully transformed.
“During his time, Danny has overseen a complete overhaul of the YMCA facilities. In the last few years the YMCA North Staffs has twice been voted the best YMCA in the UK.
“Danny is a passionate and caring leader who is often outspoken in his support and promotion of the city and the needs of those who are struggling in life.”
Danny said: “I feel incredibly humbled and touched. I feel honoured. I love this city and the people in this city.”