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.
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.
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.