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.
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: Sam Jones
Sam joined the GASP team in 2021 and assists Alex with the day to day administration tasks of running GASP. Sam brings to the team experience from both the corporate and education sectors. Sam’s work experience includes Media Relations, Marketing, Office Management and Finance.
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.
Daytime Instructor: Neil Marchant
Neil joined the GASP team towards the end of 2020 and assists with our Thursday programme. Neil is a Digital Specialist and a Marketer by profession and has held global roles within the Automotive and Insurance sectors. Outside of work he has always loved working with cars and rebuilt his first car engine at the age of 17. He is also a keen motorcyclist who has toured the UK, Europe and as far away as Australia.
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.