Bill Colman - Managing Director

Bill joined CYT as Managing Director in November 2016. 

For the last 25 years Bill has held senior leadership positions across a number of business sectors spanning Recruitment, Welfare to Work, Outsourcing, Value Added Reseller and IT Manufacturing. He has worked for organisations such as the BBC in his early career as an engineer and more latterly with CAPITA and Action for Employment as a business director. Bill is passionate about quality and delivering excellent customer service. Bill lives in York and outside of work has travelled extensively, enjoys cycling, is a keen York City fan and a photography enthusiast.

Cllr John Gates B.Sc.(Hons), FInstSMM - Chairman

Cllr John GatesA serving member on the City of York Council, John is a local man with local interests at heart.  He now lives in the house in Wigginton which was his childhood home and was originally built for his grandfather in 1912.  John has a good deal of business experience having worked in sales and marketing management for his entire career.  He has held positions as a company director both in the UK and Australia.  He brings with him a wealth of commercial experience and a passion for resolving local issues. 



Cllr. C. Funnell

Councillor Funnell has worked with a range of national and international organisations – mainly in the voluntary sector where she was Chief Executive of two national patient support organisations and Chair of another – and with national health organisations for most of her professional life. This has included serving as a Non Executive of the National Clinical Assessment Authority and as a lay member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council. 

She has been a councillor for 9 years and in that time have undertaken a number of council committee roles as well as sat on several outside bodies. She has also promoted partnership working with those voluntary organisations the council depends on to deliver its priorities.



James Grewer - Non Executive Director

James joined CYT as a Non-Executive Director in February 2017.  His career for the last 25 years has been focused within Human Resources where he held senior HR roles. 

He has operated in a variety of industries in the private sector spanning retail, fmcg, construction and hotel & leisure.

James lives in Appleton Roebuck with his family, he is a keen swimmer and a fair weather cyclist.



Phill McTaggart - Non Executive Director

Phill joined CYT as a Non-Executive Director in February 2017. 

He is a business consultant, coach and mentor who works with organisations throughout Yorkshire to support innovation and develop high growth strategies.  Phill has held senior roles in local government, the food retail sector, and ran a large national recruitment company for many years. He has considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions and has been involved in several major contract negotiations within the recruitment sector.

Phill lives six miles north of York, is a keen collector of Japanese art and enjoys building and gardening projects.