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Chief Executive

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Mark Davey - Chief Executive

Mark has been working with young people in the outdoor environment for the last 20 years. Prior to starting at the Youth Adventure Trust in 2001, Mark was a Senior Outward Bound tutor and Raleigh International programme manager where he spent time in Chile and Belize.

He is also an experienced expedition leader, focusing recently on Arctic expeditions. Prior to the Youth Adventure Trust, Mark was a senior fundraising manager for an international youth organisation. His skills and passion lie in management, leadership and youth development.

Operations

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Tessa joined the Youth Adventure Trust in 2005 and has responsibility for overseeing and developing the programmes for young people, and the volunteering resource. Before joining the charity she was a Social Worker in children's services, and also has experience working as an outdoor activity instructor. Tessa is a keen participant in outdoor activities, and is never more at home than in her wellies and waterproofs!

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Rob Warren - Senior Programme Manager

Rob joined the Youth Adventure Trust in 2012. His career has included sports coaching, mentoring, managing community development projects and running activity programmes. Rob’s experience​,​ along with his enthusiasm and a desire to help young people achieve​,​ is essential to his role as Programme Manager.

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Jon Rich - Volunteer Manager

Jon joined the Youth Adventure Trust in 2015.  He has been managing volunteers since 2004, and is also a trained youth and community worker. Jon has supported volunteers working on environmental conservation projects, as youth workers, peer mentors, befrienders and volunteer speakers. As a volunteer himself, Jon chairs a local charity supporting young people living in rural South West Wiltshire. Jon is a keen triathlete, marathon runner and cyclist.

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Kerrie Lee - Programme Manager

​Kerrie joined the Youth Adventure Trust in 2016. She is a qualified​ ​Social​ ​Worker and experienced outdoor instructor, ​having ​work​ed​ with young people from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures. She has successfully managed many​ different​ outdoor programmes, ​and is passionate about enabling young people to grow, learn and make positive changes in their lives​​​. Kerrie feels most at home in the outdoors and under canvas, and is a keen skier, surfer and climber​.

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Becky Brown - Mentoring Manager

​Becky joined the Youth Adventure Trust in 2018. Becky has worked with young people since 2006, in both education and social care settings. Prior to joining the Youth Adventure Trust, Becky worked for a Local Authority where she held responsibility for the management and delivery of an activity programme for children in care. Becky is passionate about providing vulnerable young people with opportunities to fulfil their potential.

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Sophie Wilson - Operations Coordinator

Sophie joined the Youth Adventure Trust staff team in 2018, but has been involved with the charity as a volunteer since 2008. Her experience as a volunteer encouraged her to follow a career working with young people, and she has previously worked in primary and secondary schools, supporting pupils with special educational needs. Sophie has a love of the outdoors and horticulture, and when she’s not working you’ll find her on her allotment or at the beach.

Sophie is delighted to bring all her skills and experience together to help make a lasting difference to young people's lives.

Fundraising

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Louise Bird - Director of Fundraising

Louise joined the Youth Adventure Trust in 2015 and has been involved in fundraising since 2003..  Her career began in the adventure travel industry, but a volunteer placement in El Salvador left her with the realisation that she wanted to put her skills to use in the charity sector. Since then Louise has been fortunate to weave her commitment to working with young people and her love of the great outdoors into her career path, working for ChildLine, then as a schools' fundraising consultant and most recently at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire.  She is also a trustee of a local environmental charity which encourages vulnerable adults to reap the benefits of being outside.

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Philippa Cox - Corporate Partnerships Manager

Philippa started her career in the corporate events industry but soon realized that she wanted to change direction and moved to the social enterprise and charity sector.   In 2016 she undertook a 5000 mile solo cycle trip from North to South Europe with the goal of raising funds for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people and then joined the Youth Adventure Trust in January 2017.   She combines her background in corporate events and fundraising in the charity sector with a love for adventure and the outdoors… in particular long distance cycling!

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Nicola Keys-Toyer - Trust Fundraising Manager

Nicola has worked in trust fundraising since 1999. She has secured capital, revenue and lottery funding for a wide range of charities, including an international wildlife charity, a children’s hospice and the medical department of a top university.

She has also been involved in Celebrity PR and events within the charity sector.

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Louisa Oldfield - Key Supporter Relationship Manager

Louisa started out as a primary school teacher but a career change took her to fundraising and event management in the not-for-profit sector. Most recently she has been involved with The Westonbirt Project at the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire, the Newport Beach Film Festival in California and the Children’s Literature Festival in Bath.  Louisa is thrilled to be able to meaningfully contribute to the lives of the Youth Adventure Trust’s participants by combining her love of the outdoors with her passion for creating exciting events and developing long lasting relationships with supporters.

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Claire Redfern - Events Fundraising Manager

Claire joined the Youth Adventure Trust in 2012, but has been involved as a volunteer since 2004. 

After university and travelling, she initially worked in corporate events, but always had the desire to work in the third sector and the outdoors. After gaining her Mountain Leader certificate, she ran a series of challenge events, predominantly in the UK for a major NGO, then went on to set up and run a corporate charitable foundation, still using outdoor fundraising challenges.
“I love the buzz people get after they complete something they really thought they might not! It's motivating and a privilege to share as well as seeing the fundraising for the Trust making a lasting difference”

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