Beth Chapman, Managing Director
Beth has been managing operations in the expedition sector for over ten 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 as a qualified Off-Site Safety Trainer also manages Inspire Training, Inspire's safety training arm.
Josh Thorn, Programme Manager
Josh has spent the last 5 years working with young people in a variety of settings, including leading with Inspire in Uganda and Malawi. After setting up a disability and inclusive sports project in Burkina Faso in 2013, Josh was keen to continue to be involved with development work, and it's for this reason that he's so excited to be working with Inspire Worldwide, as it is a company that has tangible positive effects on communities at a grass roots level.
Through his trips leading with Inspire, and visits to other partner charities, he has built strong relationships with partner organisations, and enjoys working working alongside local communities.
On days off, Josh can generally be found climbing, cycling, or if forced, running.
Josh has Mountain Leader training, Remote First Aid, Open Water Safety, and a variety of leadership and adventurous training qualifications.
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.
Liz Gray, International Schools Development
Liz has spent the last 22 years working in the youth development, expedition and service project industry. She has worked every role starting as an expedition artist, training as an outdoor instructor and wilderness first responder, leading a multitude of trips all over the world for adults and students, then moving on to a more desk-based role planning and organising overseas trips for adults and students. These trips involved adventurous challenges, retreats into the wilderness and latterly – a more sustainable community service project model.
Liz is responsible for developing Inspire's links with international schools, helping their students and schools develop their global citizenship and student leadership on truly inspiring programmes with our partner charities overseas.
We also have a team of Technical Experts who provide advice and support in specialist areas to our core staff.