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Sally Varah MBE DL (Chair)

Sally has enjoyed a long career in journalism and as a copywriter, working with leading national companies. In 2008-09 she undertook the role of High Sheriff in Surrey, in place of her late husband, Michael when he died suddenly. As Surrey's Chief Probation Officer he had supported the foundation of the GASP Motor Project and respected the changes in behaviours that the charity brings about. Sally was similarly impressed by the outcomes achieved by GASP and the life-changing opportunities it gives to 'at risk' and marginalised young people, in a county where the gap between rich and poor is extreme. In the New Year Honours List 2016 she was awarded an MBE, in part for her developmental work as Chair of the GASP Motor Project.

David Davis DL
A Chartered Civil Engineer and a member of Surrey County Council for sixteen years, including two years as Council Chairman, David brings a blend of professional engineering and management skills with an extensive knowledge of local authorities and awareness of the social problems in the county. 

Roger Hawksworth
Roger has held senior executive/board positions in the oil, water, and aerospace and defence industries.  A former Chairman of Trustees of the Lightbox Gallery in Woking, he is interested in education, training and skills development and is very supportive of GASP's objectives.  He contributes to the development of the charity and to building links with organisations that can offer GASP students work experience and training/apprenticeships.  

Michael Taylor
Michael is the GASP Treasurer. He is a qualified chartered accountant with many years’ experience working in the charity sector in management and trustee roles.

Frances Wadsworth
Frances Wadsworth is the highly experienced Principal and CEO of Croydon College and contributes valuable insights into both secondary and further education. She 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.

Richard Wheeler
A highly experienced business leader with almost 30 years experience with BP – and currently an adviser to a variety of small and large national and international firms – Richard shares his expertise as a professional practitioner in developing business strategies and implementing change in organisations. 

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Shahid Azeem, DL is is an award-winning, British-Pakistani entrepreneur and Managing Director of Arcom IT Limited, and is widely known amongst Surrey’s business leaders. Long before we invited him to become a Patron in 2015, Shahid had been campaigning for GASP, putting us forward as the nominated charity at fundraising events and in the process helping us to raise valuable funds and build our profile. RBS named him as ‘one of the top 100 most influential Muslims in the UK’ and in 2013 he helped buy Aldershot Town FC out of administration and became its Chairman.

Anthony Cassidy was invited to become Founder Patron of GASP in 2012. He retired from The City in December 1998, and was instrumental in the formation of GASP in May 2005.  He then chaired the Management Committee until the appointment of our new CEO.  Anthony has been actively involved in all aspects of GASP management and development since its original formation and, on standing down as a Trustee, he is now active as the charity’s Founder Patron.

His Honour Judge Christopher Critchlow, DL is Resident Judge at Guildford Crown Court and Honorary Recorder of Guildford. His focus on the value of Restorative Justice and youth reparation programmes led to his interest in the work of the GASP Motor Project, where we help to re-engage students with learning and change their behaviours. In particular, he supports our work with young people through Surrey Youth Support Service – those who are either at risk of offending, or who are referred through court orders on to our GASP programmes. He became a Patron of GASP in April 2015.

Jim McAllister, Chief Executive of The Rutland Group and owner of Dunsfold Park, quietly supports our work, enabling the charity to offer those young people who come to GASP – initially to learn to fix engines and build go-karts – a final incentive. Thanks to him, they get to drive the go-karts on one of the most famous race tracks in the UK. Jim has believed in our work over the past decade and has enabled hundreds of young people to drive on the 'Top Gear' track with GASP. He is a good friend to this charity, offering us wise professional advice when we need it. He agreed to become a Patron in April 2015.

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