GASP Motor Project

John Chaplin
John and his wife Bela had provided funding for our work at GASP for several years before he joined the GASP Board in February 2018. He presented an award at our second Awards event at McLaren in 2015, in his capacity as Chairman of both ExxonMobil International and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. Now retired from those roles, his strategic experience in the global oil industry and his engineering interests are a great fit for GASP – he built a Caterham 7 in his garage, where he’s now working on a plane! 

David Davis DL
A Chartered Civil Engineer by profession and a member of Surrey County Council for 16 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. 

Stephen Drury (Acting Chair)
Stephen is a solicitor and partner in the City of London based international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP. He has an international practice representing principally clients involved in the shipping industry. Stephen was brought up in Surrey and has lived in the Guildford area since 1988 following his return from Hong Kong. He is an active oarsman and a licensed British Rowing umpire, and is happy to bring his interests and skillsets to further the work of GASP. 

Adam Duce
Adam brings experience from the education sector to GASP, through his current role as Deputy Head of English at Godalming College where he is a Trustee on the Corporation Board. He is also the college's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer with a focus on promoting inclusivity of learning. A keen motor enthusiast, Adam recognised all major UK car brands at the age of two from their logos and so the opportunity to fuse a lifelong interest in the automobile world with educational progress seems a natural fit for GASP.

Ron Enticott (Treasurer and Company Secretary)
Ron was appointed as GASP Treasurer and Company Secretary in October 2017. He is a qualified chartered accountant, currently runs his own accountancy practice, and has many years’ experience working in the charity sector. A former Governor of Freemantles School in Woking, he is now Chairman of both the Feoffees of Chertsey Market (a grant making charity) and of One to One (North West Surrey), a charity providing weekday evening activities for adults with learning difficulties. A Council member of the Surrey High Sheriff Youth Awards scheme, Ron is also a Trustee and Treasurer of Runnymede Magna Carta Legacy. He bring all of this expertise to GASP – and he owns two classic cars! 

Robert Pickles
Bob is Head of Corporate & Government Affairs at Canon UK & Ireland. He has worked for the company for 30 years in a series of management and senior positions. In his current role he represents Canon UK & Ireland in all its dealings with Parliament in Westminster, as well as the devolved parliaments in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast and the Irish parliament in Dublin. He is a Trustee on two charity boards, a Fellow of the RSA, and shares very relevant experience as Chair of the Surrey Employment and Skills Board with the the GASP Motor Project.

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. 


The Trustees

Hands on learning that helps drive change

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, agreed to become the first President of the GASP Motor Project in Spring 2017. This followed his visit to our Albury Workshop in February 2017 when he escorted HRH The Earl of Wessex on a Royal Visit to meet groups of students participting in GASP programmes. His rapport with the young people that day was evident and he showed himself keen to discover more about what they learn at GASP. Michael More-Molyneux presented awards at the GASP Awards Presentation Event at McLaren in 2016 and 2017 and says: "I am delighted to be involved with this wonderful charity which gives young people an education, awareness and enthusiasm for all things mechanical." We are so fortunate to have him as our President.

Shahid Azeem, DL 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.  

Christine Howard was invited to become a Patron of GASP in 2019. She is currently the Chairman of Surrey's Tourist Board, Visit Surrey, following a career in town centre management, marketing and journalism. Chris was part of the original team that set up the Surrey Hills Society, the charity created to support and promote the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – originally serving as Vice Chairman and then Chairman for ten years. She is now one of the Society's Vice Presidents. Chris has been a keen supporter of GASP since visiting the charity as part of her role with the Surrey Hills Society. Currently the serving Borough Councillor for Shamley Green, near Guildford, she has been involved in the local community in Surrey for over 30 years, in various roles. Chris has been a Parish Councillor for many years, previously served as Chairman of the Surrey Association of Local Councils, and is now one of its Vice Presidents. She is currently a guest writer with Surrey Life magazine. 

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.

Lady (Louise) O'Connor DL is a former Trustee of GASP who continued to support our work as a GASP Friend before becoming a Patron in 2019.  With 40+ years of experience across the education sectors – in pre-school, primary, secondary, FE and the community – she was a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Roehampton University. Louise has maintained her interest in education through school governorship and has advised Surrey High Sheriffs on the issue of children at risk of exclusion – also a focus for GASP. She is Patron of Catalyst, a Surrey-wide drug/alcohol and mental health charity; of St John's C of E Primary School Community PlayFarm (Goodwyns Estate); and of Coram Life Education (Surrey).

Sally Varah MBE DL
Chair of GASP from 2009 to 2019, Sally now supports the charity as a Patron. Enjoying a long career in journalism and as a copywriter, in 2008-2009 she became 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 enables. 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 they gap between the haves ands have nots is extreme. In 2016 she was awarded an MBE, in part for her developmental work as GASP Chair of Trustees.   

President and Patrons