Hey, I’m Hannah, and I’m the Innovation Specialist at Youthscape.
Hailing from Aberdeenshire, I studied and worked in Marine Biology for a while before becoming a youth worker for a small youth charity in Scotland. While there, I got to join the first 'Innovation in Youth Ministry' cohort with Youthscape and Princeton Seminary. That kick-started my passion for innovation and a year later...here I am. I love Youthscape’s heart for local youth work but also their mission to support and equip youth workers around the UK. My role centres on prioritising innovation in youth ministry: identifying young people’s needs in an ever-evolving culture and meeting them where they’re at. Beyond that, I’m passionate about my dog, sharks, coffee and the TV show Brooklyn 99. I also love ice hockey! I’m a Glasgow clan fan for life.
Hi, I’m Lucy and I coordinate our volunteer youth work training programme - Youthscape Essentials.
I’ve been part of the team since 2015 – for three years as Assistant Director for local work, but now you’ll find me doing a bit of fundraising and helping to develop Youthscape Essentials into a national resource. I’m passionate about beaches, nature, kindness, hard work, adventure, family… And about building community and creating safe spaces where people can move forward and thrive, whether that’s teenagers, team or volunteers. When I’m not in Luton I’m involved in a local community project based in Woking, having moved over that way 18 months ago. (I work for Youthscape Monday – Wednesday)
Hey, I’m Amy and I manage Youthscape’s publicity and marketing.
I joined the team here in July 2019: I'm excited to help equip and inspire the next generation, and I'm looking forward to working in a place that encourages innovation.At university (Roehampton, London) I studied Creative Writing alongside working for my church, and I’d love to be an author one day. I am also obsessed with the Great British Bake Off – Mary Berry is an icon. I love baking, reading, trawling through charity shops, drinking gin and basically anything involving people and food! I'm extremely clumsy, but somehow I've never broken a bone in my body. Hope that continues here.
Hi, I’m Gry and I work in Youthscape’s Centre for Research – I joined the team in May 2019.
I have a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in (basically) Mind Control, and the dream is to become a Clinical Psychologist. I am passionate about faith, young people, mental health and trauma and I think it is so important that our practice as youth workers is founded on what young people actually need, rather than what we think they need – which is why research is so important. I also love skiing, laughing, and deep conversations with friends. The most famous people I’ve met? Well, rural Norway was a quiet place to grow up, so…it would have to be Katy Perry's old youth workers. Admittedly, niche.
Hey, I’m Constance. I spend my time between Youthscape and Luton’s Olive Tree Church.
I’m part of a team working between local churches and Youthscape to develop new models of youth work that are effective, transforming and can be delivered everywhere. My role involves discipling and leading young people at the Olive Tree Church, connecting with local schools and running some of the in-house projects here. My great passion is to see young people thriving holistically and reaching their full potential. I have a loving relationship with popcorn and over the years I have found popcorn works nicely with movies and so that’s how I relax. I would like to think I can sing even though my friends strongly disagree, but that’s okay I don’t mind being my own cheerleader. X-Factor, watch out.
Hi! I’m James, the Head of Visual Media so I write, shoot and make films for Youthscape.
As well as the amazing things we do, I love that Youthscape has standing desks. I’m a professional film maker so when I’m not here I’m travelling all over the world with my cameras, capturing stories. I’ve won a few awards for my work. I love seeing the church engage with and transform culture. I also teach on storytelling, including on Youthscape’s Share course and as part of the Bute Mills Heritage research project. My middle name is Paisley, I love surfing and the most famous person I ever met is Chris Curtis – maybe I need to get out more? I’ve also been to Base Camp on Everest where I nearly died but that’s a story for another day.
Hello! I’m Joseph, and I'm responsible for putting together Youthscape's various written content.
My job here involves creating Youthscape’s written content for the website and its many excellent resources, or inviting others to ‘find their voice’ and write for us – so I’m like Lionel the Aussie voice-coach from The Kings Speech, except not. I think Theology is pretty cool: I have an MTheol from St Andrews, Scotland, and an MA from King’s College London – I’m also a journalist from time-to-time. When not writing I love art in general and superheroes in particular. Also delight in singing, dancing, cycling, wandering through nature and stopping to smell the proverbial (and actual) roses. I’ve spent many years leading/being laughed at on youth summer camps and am thrilled to be part of this charity’s vision for serving young people.
Hello! I’m Nicki and I’ve been Youthscape’s Finance Manager since 2002.
I love supporting our team in the role I have and – after more than 17 years here – there isn’t much I don’t know! I also enjoy working at conferences, meeting other youth workers and professionals and supporting them in their work. I grew up in Luton and started my career in a bank here. Since then I’ve studied Black & White Art Photography at Barnfield College; I now love photographing weddings and family events for friends and I’ve had photos published in magazines and books. I’ve got an Italian middle name; Filomena, which was my Nan’s name, and is now sometimes my name round here. I’ve got a grown-up son, two crazy cats and I’m currently learning to ride a horse.
My name is Laura and I’m the Head of Training, overseeing all Youthscape’s training and Continuing Professional Development.
I joined Youthscape in 2011 as part of the SelfharmUK team. I love working alongside others who are as passionate as me about changing the national landscape for young people around mental health and healthy relationships. As well as co-ordinating the training, I often travel around the country delivering it so you might have seen me at your school, church or organisation. It’s not an obvious connection but I’ve got a ladder safety certificate, a degree in embroidery and I’m currently studying for an equine care diploma – when I'm not working I'm galloping along the glorious South Downs (on a horse, not doing a Miranda). Oh, I also run my own steampunk costume company and often dress as a pirate in my spare time.
I'm Jemimah and I lead Youthscape’s Luton work in schools, churches and at our centre, Bute Mills.
I've been part of the team since 2016, originally overseeing the work of Romance Academy, but moving into the Luton team in 2017 in order to have more face-to-face time with young people. Before arriving at Youthscape, I led a mentoring charity in London having completed a degree in Youth Work and Ministry from Oasis College, London. I love seeing churches come together to make a difference in the lives of young people so I coordinate Luton Unite, a local network that does exactly that. You should also know that I am the proud owner of Colin the camper van, my faithful travelling companion across the UK. Everybody needs to have a friend.
Hi! I’m Lillie. I’m Youthscape’s National Youth Ministry Weekend Manager.
I’ve actually been at Youthscape for years and have worked in a number of areas including local schoolswork and selfharmUK. These days you’ll probably find me at the desk at the far end of the office working hard to make sure the conference happens each year. I’ve got an English degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism: It looks like I should be a journalist but secretly I’d love to be an aerial acrobat. If I had a superpower it’d be flight, so you could say I like to aim high. Sorry. When I’m not at Youthscape I love my two children, my church and community, being creative and, of course, my husband. (I also love them when I am at Youthscape). I work Mondays & Wednesdays.
My name is Robert and I split my time between Youthscape and youth work at a Luton church.
I've landed in Luton a long way from home: I grew up in Virginia, USA, graduated from James Madison University and then worked in finance. But those days are long behind me and I now have the privilege of working alongside young people here in Luton, encouraging them to find the faith and confidence to change the world. My work here at Youthscape takes me into secondary schools, onto the streets and alongside teenagers at our centre, Bute Mills. It's rewarding and challenging. That's why when I relax I tend to make sure it involves ice cream, sports or, ideally, both. That my middle name is Aloysius is a terrible secret I'm determined to keep to myself.
Hi! I’m Vicki and I’ve been the Vulnerable Youth Specialist in Luton since October 2018.
As Vulnerable Youth Specialist I’m responsible for connecting with the young people most at risk in Luton and making sure we’re providing services that really help bring transformation and change. I love meeting young people where they’re at, showing them love and seeing them grow into their true selves. I’m a local girl so I went to Lea Manor High School and Luton Sixth Form College. Before I came to Youthscape I spent ten years working with some of the most vulnerable women in Luton. I once met Ronan Keating, although most of the teenagers I work with don’t know who that is. I have eaten guinea pig and dog while on an overseas mission trip, but only God can judge me.
Hello, I'm Mulkina. I help organise our national training events.
My background and training is in the Performing Arts, but now my day-to-day work at Youthscape involves linking youth workers, teachers, social workers and other professionals with the training they need to make a difference for young people. I'm proud to have a super-friendly reputation, and I like to keep the office laughing and caring for each other. My working day ends with a walk to the Post Office balancing countless parcels making their way to your doorstep. It's great to know our work is helping where it matters. Meanwhile I'm a proud mum, a creative writer and a enthusiastic member of our local church. My secret sin is a deep love of country music but hey, we can't all be perfect.
Hi. I'm David, the Christian schools work specialist on the Luton team and coordinator for SchoolsworkUK.
I graduated with a Theology and Youth Ministry BA (Hons) from St Mellitus College in 2018 having done part of my placement here at Youthscape. I want to see how the Church can make a real and lasting contribution to education both in the curriculum and across the whole school community. Leading SchoolsworkUK involves organising training for hundreds of youth workers wanting to develop their skills for work in a school setting. I also lead our 'third space' work finding creative ways to engage students in unsual places like school atriums, the dinner queue and unloved school corridors. In my spare time I love being creative; whether it's making music, videos, or doing graphic design. I also love Ultimate Frisbee.
Hey, I’m Gemma and I oversee referrals for all our programmes at Bute Mills, as well as being our Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
I’m passionate about encouraging young people to explore faith and helping them find ways of expressing their beliefs. I grew up locally and went to Ashcroft High School and then Luton Sixth form before moving to London where I studied English and Professional and Creative Writing and took a Graduate Diploma in Youth Work and Ministry. I worked as a statutory youth worker in London for 14 years before coming back to Luton to join the team here. I still enjoy writing and often publish thoughts and refelections on my blog. I recently climbed Mount Snowdon which I really enjoyed. I’m fairly convinced that white chocolate is the best kind and I think it’s really important to be wearing matching socks.
I’m Jenny. I run SelfharmUK and Alumina - our online work supporting young people who self-harm.
Alumina is a unique and pioneering project that supports young people across the country and I’m really excited to be shaping its future. I am training as a psychotherapist alongside my work at Youthscape and love being able to bring this growing knowledge to what we already do through Alumina. I live in Luton and it’s also important to me to get to work face to face with local young people, on issues relating to their mental health. Before I moved to beautiful Luton I lived in London where I trained as an actress, founded a cabaret theatre company, and travelled the world with Tearfund making films and talking theology. In an attempt to offset all those flights I now consider myself grounded until 2030. I work Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I’m Matt and I’m the NEET Intervention Specialist, Deputy Safeguarding Lead, and I work in our drop-in centre.
As a NEET (Not in Education, Employment or training) specialist I work with those at risk of falling out of education. I’m passionate about face-to-face coaching and mentoring: sharing life with people and not just telling them what to do. I see the potential in people and want to help them be the best versions of themselves. I create social media content for Youthscape’s local work, so you can find me on Youtube where – amongst other things – I make and drink obscure smoothies. I love cars, off-road motorbiking and before working here trained as a mechanic for Vauxhall. My middle name is Norton because I was born in Chipping Norton, also the home of Jeremy Clarkson. So perhaps I’m a predestined petrolhead?
Hey, I’m Beki, the NEET Intervention Worker. I’ve been with Youthscape since 2013 when I joined as an intern.
Working with Compass, our NEET (Not in Education, Employment or training) Intervention Programme, I get to help young people realise their full potential no matter what they’re going through. It also means I’ve been on survival school training several times so I know how to skin a pigeon and I’ve got certificates in bushcraft and wilderness living. Important office skills. My degree was in sport and physical education so I’m also a qualified basketball and football coach, a fitness fanatic you might say. When I’m not at Youthscape I love writing, dancing, spending time with my young son, and serving in my local church with my husband. Oh, I’m half Swiss and my middle names are Elsa Olive.
I'm Phoebe and I'm the Head of Theology at Youthscape
I moved to Youthscape to set up the Centre for Research and led the team co-publishing our first major report 'Losing Heart' in 2016. My interest in academic study and research then took me on a journey to complete a PhD at King's College London, exploring theological approaches to Christian youth work. Before moving to Youthscape, I edited Youthwork and Childrenswork magazines. I also had a brief stint hosting a community radio show called Deep Stuff with Phoebs (yes, really), and auditioned to be part of a reality TV show looking for the next cruise ship star (mercifully it never aired!). I live in East London with my husband and am a volunteer youth minister at my local church.
Hey, I'm Lahna and I'm working as part of the Innovation Team managing "Open Me" our devotional resource for youth workers.
Having grown up in Southend, I studied at St Mellitius and graduated with a BA(Hons) in Theology and Youth Ministry and a passion to see young people thrive. I spend my time developing resources and creative ideas that help young adults explore deep issues about life and faith. I love the challenge of finding ways to open up their thinking and experiences. When I'm not working on new ideas, I speak at conferences and events regularly on youth culture and social media. And I have a huge list of interests that include writing, interior décor, advocacy and film – I’m currently working my way through the Rocky series. Dont cross me though: I used to fence competitively as a teenager.
Hello, I’m Lucie. I’m the Director of The Youthscape Centre for Research here at Youthscape.
I came to Youthscape from the University of Bedfordshire and I’ve always done research with or about young people. I love being an academic in a sea of youth workers, and am slowly acclimating to the high quality of office banter. I want our research to genuinely enrich young people’s lives, and love it when we learn something which changes the way we see or act. When I’m not working I’m parenting, leading in my local church, being a trustee and trying to hang out with as many inspiring local people as possible. I’m also tall which is great, apart from when you’re sitting in front of Stanley Tucci at a wedding (that happened). Finally I’m passionate about crisps. I really like crisps.
Hi, I'm Rachel and I'm Director of Partnerships at Youthscape working from my new base in Preston in the North-West.
I often speak at events and conferences and it's a privilege to help churches come alive to the needs and potential of young people. My background as a youth worker involved developing Romance Academy, a national project to promote healthly relationships with young people, which kickstarted with a series on the BBC. I also continue to support the work of The Girls Brigade as their President. Young people, especially, young girls, need help to develop their confidence and identity and I've written several books that explore those ideas. I've now moved north with my husband and family to help lead a church in Preston. But wherever you are, you'll still be able to hear me on the weekly Youthscape podcast!
I'm Karen and I'm the Finance Director at Youthscape, overseeing our HR, core services and accounts.
My links with Youthscape go back more than twenty-five years when I first got involved as a volunteer youth worker. I Iater stepped out of a career in accounting with Whitbread to help this organisation develop a secure financial base and continue to grow. I want us to be able to support more young people for many decades to come and I know that takes well-run systems and accountability. But I'm not just a number! I enjoy overseeing recruitment and people develoment at Youthscape and I also get involved in managing our training programmes for professionals. My only regret is not being taller, meaning I can never quite reach the mug shelf in the office. Some things money can’t buy.
Hello, my name is Martin Saunders and, as Youthscape’s Director of Innovation, lead our Innovation Team
I joined Youthscape because I wanted to see the church serve young people better, and I know we need to innovate in many ways to achieve that. Before moving to Youthscape, I was Editor of the UK’s largest national youth work magazine Youthwork. I'm a prolific writer,and many of my published books are on the YS Store. When I’m not paying the bills as a Sue Perkins lookalike, I enjoy writing and speaking on just about every topic related to youth ministry, as well as the art and science of innovation. I'm a big fan of my family, my dog, Indian food and West Ham in that order. The team describe the year I gave up coffee for Lent as one of Youthscape’s darkest periods.
Hello! I’m Chris, the founder and leading our team as Chief Executive of Youthscape.
I’ve been with this charity since the beginning, helping found it back in 1993. I studied Law at the University of Bristol before deciding I belonged in the charity sector, working with young people. I was first a schools development worker with The George Muller Foundation, then the Youthscape journey began. I have a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Birmingham, and I speak and write widely on issues relating to young people. I’m married, have two children, and we’re also foster carers. I’m a member of the Magic Circle but obviously I can’t talk about it. Speaking of weird cults, I’m ferociously committed to all things Apple and I run a monthly Mac user group, which is not sad at all.