Management team

CEO: Alexandra Thompson
Alex joined GASP as Chief Executive Officer in August 2019 following roles at SATRO and Royal Society Mencap. Alex has a wealth of experience working with corporate organisations, schools and local stakeholders, facilitating joined up working and realising shared goals. She is keen to develop and grow GASP in order to provide opportunities for more young people to participate in the highly successful programmes we offer.

Workshop Manager: Barrie Birchmore
An aeronautical engineer by training, Barrie joined GASP as a volunteer for evening sessions in 2007.  In 2009 he was appointed Workshop Manager and actively positioned the charity to roll out daytime sessions from 2010.  With enlightened patience and quiet enthusiasm he engages with widely varying cohorts of young people, adapting his delivery to match their abilities and behavioural demands. He is responsible for all workshop, mobile and evening sessions delivered by the team of instructors or volunteers.

Office team

Programme Coordinator and Schools Liaison: Lynne Regan
Lynne worked in a Guildford Secondary school for nearly 13 years in their Alternative Provision department. Having worked with GASP; sending students on their courses successfully over many years, an opportunity arose for Lynne to join the GASP team. Using Lynne’s experience of working in a school, GASP have been able to broaden the range of activities on offer and are reaching out across the whole of Surrey to work with more schools with students of all abilities and needs. 

Executive Assistant: Kate Carter
Kate joined the GASP team in 2019 and assists Alex with the day to day administration tasks of running GASP.  Kate brings to the team experience from both the corporate sector as well as the adult learning sector and has also spent time supporting sole traders with their businesses.  Kate’s work experience includes Sales, Training and Development, Office Management and Administration. 

Delivery team

Session Leader: Howard James
Howard joined the GASP team in 2013 and leads the delivery of our mobile programme which takes the GASP programme across the county and delivers our onsite courses to schools, youth centres, referral units and centres for young adults. Howard trained as a mechanical engineer at the MOD, with a specialism in precision instrument making. Howard has a background in development and field service engineering, in both the public and private sectors. He is also a fully qualified British Gliding Association Instructor, and teaches people how to fly, including the disabled. In his spare time Howard enjoys playing badminton.

Instructor: Richard Brecke
Richard is a long standing member of the workshop team, having joined GASP in 2009.  His background is in mechanical engineering and metal work, with a particular specialism in welding. His ability to share his knowledge of the subject with the young people and his quietly assertive manner make him invaluable to GASP.


Evening Instructor: Robert Cooke
Robert joined the GASP team in 2013 and we count ourselves fortunate that he currently leads our Wednesday evening programme. Robert is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is currently responsible for leading a global team of 30 engineers in the development of a new image guided radiotherapy system. Previous experience includes Formula 1 race car development with the Brabam team and scientific research at the National Physical Laboratory.