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 with a particular focus on 16-19 year olds.
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.