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Oliver Mackie
A motor enthusiast himself, Oliver Mackie has volunteered with GASP in various roles since finishing law school in 2011. In 2015, he was asked to assume responsibility for Social Media for our charity and in 2016 invited to become a Board Adviser in that role. Since then, he has managed GASP’s official Facebook page – publicising the latest news and views to make them instantly accessible both to the students and stakeholders – and advised GASP on Twitter and WhatsApp.  

Ollie says: “The fact that I own a 1971 MGB GT that is in constant need of TLC and am a GRRC (Goodwood Road Racing Club) member gives me a special interest in the work of GASP and the very positive impact I can see it has on those students referred on to the programmes. You can find the site at: www.facebook.com/GASPmotorproject  It is so encouraging that more and more of the session participants and their families are starting to ‘like’ and share the page and this is helping to further drive the growth in numbers. As part of the three-year Strategic Plan, the Trustees had highlighted the very real need to engage with Social Media and they have confirmed that the impact of my association with the charity has turned this plan into reality”.

Frances Wadsworth
Frances Wadsworth is the highly experienced Further Education Deputy Commissioner in the Department for Education. Previously the Principal and CEO of Croydon College she was a Trustee of the GASP Motor Project, contributing valuable insights into both secondary and further education. Moving across to become a Board Adviser in June 2018 (because of the UK-wide demands of her new role) Frances is able to open doors for GASP to experience other organisations' best practice in relation to programme delivery and important safeguarding issues. Her knowledge and guidance are invaluable as GASP develops our alternative learning programmes for young people across Surrey.

STRATEGIC ADVISER

Dr David McNulty
David McNulty agreed to share his widespread expertise with our charity as the Board's Strategic Adviser – a new role for GASP – following his retirement as CEO of Surrey County Council, an appointment he held since July 2009. Curently Independent Chair of the Surrey Heartlands health and care partnership, he continues to sit as a Lay Member of Council at the University of Surrey. We know how fortunate we are that he is advising GASP, as his knowlege and experience are much in demand. At the start of his career, David was a teacher; later, after moving through successive senior positions in local government, at Blackburn with Darwen he founded an award-winning lifelong service which earned him an international reputation for his development of lifelong learning. So our work at GASP, as a specialist alternative learning provider working with hard to reach young people, is close to his heart. 


BOARD ADVISERS

Caroline Breckell MVO, DL

Caroline joined GASP as a Board Adviser in October 2013. She shares her extensive knowledge of the workings of the county, gleaned over 34 years with Surrey County Council. For the past 24 years she has managed the SCC civic team.  She is also Deputy Clerk to the Surrey Lieutenancy and a Deputy Lieutenant, Under Sheriff of Surrey and a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (an Honour in the personal gift of HM The Queen) for her role in arranging and managing Royal visits to Surrey over almost 30 years. Her contacts with commercial and industrial organisations across the county is helping GASP to develop industry-linked programmes for young people. Caroline has also helped to broker a relationship with the motor giant McLaren, which has hosted the annual GASP Awards Presentation Event at its Technology Centre in October 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Jane Garrett
Jane has acted as Honorary Press Officer for GASP since 2014. Her work as a journalist in Surrey for over 35 years makes her skills and experience invaluable to our PR function. Following her time as Chief Reporter and then News Editor of the Surrey Advertiser, Jane wrote the evocative and highly readable book A Portrait of the Surrey Hills and continues to produce magazines for charities, amongst her other varied freelance work. She defines her pro bono commitment to GASP thus: "I understand the very real need for alternative learning provision in Surrey and so am keen to use my experience to raise the profile of GASP and the outcomes it achieves for young people who need specialist support to re-engage with learning." 

Ellie Paterson MBE
Ellie has worked for Surrey Youth Support Service – formerly Surrey Youth Justice – for 25+ years. Her role includes working with young people who have committed an offence, giving them the opportunity to make amends by engaging them in reparation projects.  She is also involved in teaching young people new skills and helping them gain qualifications which can lead to further education and employment.

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