GASP Motor Project

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 leads the team of paid workshop assistants and volunteers who expertly deliver the programmes to young people.    

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 ‘After School’ courses. 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 disabled people how to fly.

Workshop 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. 

Evening instructor: Chris Dymond

Chris is a stalwart of the GASP evening sessions for young motor enthusiasts from local villages (where GASP had its roots). His background is in engineering where he has worked for Thomas Reuters, the BBC and Visnews. As well as working with GASP, Chris is also a volunteer on the Bluebell Railway, where he is responsible for installing and maintaining signalling systems.


Chief Executive: Henry Curwen
Henry  was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. Formerly Business Development Manager with Surrey County Council's Youth Support Service, he had been a Board Adviser with GASP Motor Project since 2008. He shares his knowledge of youth work, his engineering experience – he trained as a mechanical engineer – and a love of classic cars with GASP. His long-term involvement with the youth sector in Surrey is particularly invaluable as GASP continues to develop the professionalism of our programme delivery.


The Management Team

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The Workshop Team