Chris Curtis

Chris Curtis

Chief Executive

Chris studied Law at the University of Bristol before deciding to work in the charity sector with young people. His first role was as a schools development worker with The George Muller Foundation, before moving to Bedfordshire to help found Youthscape in 1993. Chris speaks and writes widely on issues relating to young people and has published several books including one for teenagers on family breakdown. He has a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) from the University of Birmingham.

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Martin Saunders

Martin Saunders

Deputy Chief Executive

Martin has wide experience of developing resources and materials for youth work and is the author of over ten books including Youthwork from Scratch. He worked previously as the Editor of the UK’s largest national youth work magazine Youthwork and writes and speaks widely on creative resource development, innovation and youth culture. His current work within the organisation focuses on the creative development process for new resources and materials.

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Karen Hornett

Karen Hornett

Finance Director

Karen is Youthscape’s Finance Director. Karen qualified with the ACCA whilst working at Whitbread plc. Karen continued her career with Whitbread for a number of years holding various financial management positions.  She then went to work at BPP, the UK’s leading private accountancy college, where she lectured across all accounting qualifications. Karen became a subject specialist in management accounting, developing and writing management accounting courses at all levels and heading up the training of tutors in this faculty. Karen has been involved with Youthscape since it was founded when she worked as a volunteer youth worker at her local church. She became a trustee in 2011 before joining the team as a member of staff 18 months later.

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Rachel Gardner

Rachel Gardner

Relationships Theme Lead

Rachel is the Relationship Lead at Youthscape, responsible for pioneering new ways to engage young people in healthy relationships. A best selling author of a number of books for young people, Rachel speaks widely on youth and faith related topics. Outside of her role at Youthscape, Rachel is the President of the Girl’s Brigade England and Wales and a volunteer youth leader at her local church.

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Phoebe Thompson

Phoebe Thompson

Head of Research

Phoebe is the Head of Research at Youthscape, responsible for leading The Youthscape Centre for Research. Research is at the heart of the innovation process here at Youthscape, and on a local level this means responding to the needs of young people identified by Youthscape's youth work practitioners, and developing strategies to meet those needs. On a national scale, Phoebe initiates and oversees research projects among young people in the UK, in order to give a reflective and representative picture of the reality of being a teenager today, and to inform practice and innovation in youth work. Prior to joining Youthscape, Phoebe was the editor of Youthwork and Childrenswork magazines. Outside of her role at Youthscape, Phoebe is doing an MA in Systematic Theology at Kings College London, and is a volunteer youth leader at her local church on the Isle of Dogs. 

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Rachel Warwick

Rachel Warwick

Core Projects Manager

Rachel runs a variety of Youthscape's creative initiatives, projects and campaigns. She regularly manages our events, including the Christian Youth Work Awards, and is heavily involved in developing and delivering our creative resources, including our innovative youth worker devotional Open Me. Rachel is also the founder of the charity MakeLunch, which serves meals to children who otherwise wouldn't get hot food in the school holidays. She lives in Luton with her husband Dan and a variety of musical instruments.

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Nicki Summerson

Nicki Summerson

Finance Manager

Nicki is one of Youthscape's longest-serving members of staff, and has held a number of roles as the organisation has changed and developed.  She's currently our finance manager, responsible for all our day to day financial needs.  Nicki is passionate about all our wonderful local supporters and loves enjoying balancing her financial role with supporting and liaising with them.  Nicki is Youthscape’s unofficial fount of all knowledge and is the glue that holds the office together! She also has the biggest computer screen.

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Neil O'Hara

Neil O'Hara

Administrator

Neil is a long-term servant of youthscape, having spent several years as the administrator to the local schools team. Now working in an adminstrative role across the organisation, he's often the man who makes things happen. He's currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy,  and in his spare time writes historical novels.

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