Beth Chapman - Founder
After many years working as an Operations Director within the gap year travel sector, Beth set up Inspire in 2008 with the aim to increase global awarenes and turn common (mis)perceptions of other cultures on their head. She used her extensive experience of living and working in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to find small NGOs to partner with, working hand-in-hand with these partner organisations to set up sustainable community projects for Inspire volunteer teams -- ensuring the teams bring energy, open-mindedness and funds to support the local communities where they are hosted. In total Inspire teams have now raised over £900,000 for their partner organisations.
Although no longer involved in the operational management of Inspire, Beth continues to be a passionate believer in using the impact of responsible travel and volunteer engagement to support overseas partner organisations through long-term, cross-cultural exchanges.
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.