Maxine Green

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Maxine Green (Principal)

020 7540 4900

I was trained as a youth worker in the 1970s and educated as a social anthropologist. I am interested in qualitative research especially ethnography. My work since the 1990s has been in the management, development and evaluation of work with young people. This has included six years as the National Youth Officer for the Church of England, Principal Youth Officer for Camden local authority and Deputy Principal Youth Officer for Essex local authority.  Before becoming Principal of the YMCA George Williams College I was a consultant; undertaking research, evaluation and management consultancy. My approach is holistic which embraces the cultural and ‘soft’ dimensions of research or management. In my experience it is these elements which direct and drive initiatives and determine success and achievement.

 My qualifications include:

  • I975: Teaching Certificate with Youth and Community Work Certificate (JNC) – Distinction – Newland Park College – University of Reading.
  • 1993: BSc Social Anthropology – London School of Economics 2:1.
  • 1997: Certificate in Online Education and Training – Institute of Education.
  • 2000: Certificate in Transactional Analysis (Masters level) from University of Bath Spa.
  • 2009: Certificate in Commissioning and Procurement – Institute of Public Care – Oxford Brookes University.

I have been Principal and Chief Executive at the YMCA George Williams College since January 2012.  My duties are concerned with the strategic management and leadership of the College but I also teach and have written study materials for our distance learning students. My teaching areas include the Spiritual Development of Young People, Group work and Teaching.

My research and evaluation experience includes:

  • Longitudinal review of the impact of work with families who are vulnerable to state intervention (current).
  • Review of three pilot detached youth work schemes within the YMCA and dissemination of good practice (current).
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of the Jewish Lad’s and Girl’s Brigade’s delivery of the National Citizen Service (2011).
  • Department of Education / NYA research on Spiritual Development of Young People (2005/6).

My research interests include: Spiritual Development of Young People; Interfaith work with young people; managing cultural differences; and the interplay of body, mind and spirit in informal education.

Other Information:

  • I have been an external examiner for CYM, Chester University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • I am a Trustee for YMCA England, the Interfaith Youth Trust and for the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.
  • I was involved with the Education Standards Committee of the NYA for over 18 years undertaking professional validations and one of their Quality Mark Assessors.
  • LGA runner up for Children and Young People’s Work 2004 for developing an interactive and participative commissioning system for Essex County Council.

Recent publications:

  • 2005 Spirituality and Spiritual Development in Youth Work – NYA/DfES.
  • 2005 A Sense of Respect with C. Heaney Interfaith resource – NYA.
  • 2006 A Journey of Discovery – NYA.
  • 2008 ‘Putting Spiritual Development on the map – an English Perspective’ in New Directions for Youth Development, USA.
  • 2010 ‘The Youth Worker as Converter’ in Ethical Issues in Youth Work – ed. S. Banks.

Recent conference presentations include:

  • 2014: ‘Burning Conversations’ – Adelaide, Australia (Keynote Speaker).
  • 2014: ‘Leadership’ – YMCA Strategic Leaders’ Network Conference, York.