Beth Chapman - Founder
Beth has been managing operations in the expedition sector for over fifteen years. She has extensive experience of working in sub-Saharan Africa with local partner organisations and has set up numerous community projects for volunteers as well as working as a project leader.
Beth is responsible for overseeing the management of all our volunteer teams - ensuring that they are well prepared and take part in high quality projects. She manages relationships with all of Inspire's charity partners, maintaing Inspire's ethical and community-focused drive. She is also responsible for the safety and security of all participants and is a qualified Off-Site Safety Trainer.
Anneliese Appleton - Head of Programmes
While studying for a BSc in Environmental Geography and International Development, Anneliese specialised in conservation and human development, gender studies and protected areas.
Since graduating, she has lead and participated in many overseas volunteer projects and travelled extensively. She has taught outdoor skills to young people, led biodiversity surveys and volunteer groups in the rainforest.
After setting up and coordinating a community conservation project in Malaysia and seeing the incredible impact it had on the community and the international volunteers, she decided to move back home to the UK and work in the Houses of Parliament on similar international projects.
Anneliese heads up the Inspire team and is responsible for overseeing all of our programmes and partnerships and ensuring you have an amazing experience from start to finish!
Richard Mayon-White - Director, WE Group
As Director of the WE Group, Richard oversee the operations of all the brands (Inspire, Wilderness Expertise and Wind Sand & Stars). Richard is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Zoological Society of London. He is also a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster, and has used his sea-faring skills to bring personal development opportunities to a number of organisations and companies.
In his spare time, Richard has travelled extensively – usually on sailing or mountaineering trips, which have included climbing Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua. He has skippered yachts in the Fastnet Race and Three Peaks Yacht Race. In 2005 he competed in the Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race from La Gomera to Antigua with his wife, arriving in 6th place and setting a record time for a couple! In 2009 he cycled the route of the Tour de France to raise money for a cancer charity. In 2013, he sailed solo across the Atlantic in a 21ft yacht to raise funds for Sobell House Hospice in Oxford.