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The Team 

Inspire was formed in 2008 by Beth Chapman and Mike Lamb. Both Directors have extensive experience in the expedition sector and have worked as overseas Expedition/Project Leaders and as senior level Operations Staff in the UK.

Beth Chapman (Managing Director)


Beth has been managing operations in the expedition sector for over nine years. She has extensive experience of working and travelling across sub-Saharan Africa and has a long history of working with partner organisations overseas.   Beth has worked with partner organisations to set up numerous community projects for volunteers as well as working as a Project Leader on many of these sites. 

In her position as Managing Director of Inspire Beth is responsible for managing all our volunteer teams- ensuring that they are well prepared, fully informed and take part in high quality projects and expeditions overseas. She manages relationships with our charity partners in Africa and other project sites. 

Beth is also responsible for the safety and security of all participants and developed Inspire’s operational and safety procedures to ensure all our trips are run in line with British Standard 8848 for Overseas Expedition Providers and best practice guidelines set down by the Young Explorers Trust. She has qualifications in Off-Site Safety Management (and is an accredited OSSM Trainer), as well as Remote First Aid.

Mike Lamb (Technical Director)


Mike is a highly experienced expedition leader having led expeditions in a range of countries across Africa and Latin America, as well as managing UK Operations. He has qualifications in Mountain Leadership, Remote First Aid, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Quad-biking and Power Boating. He is also a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and a Winston Churchill Fellow.

Mike has worked as an Outdoor Instructor for 3D Education and Adventure in Dorset, an educator at the Natural History Museum and has run educational programmes in several schools in Africa.

Mike is also a qualified teacher and currently works as a Housemaster and Biology and Psychology Teacher at Hurstpierpoint College in West Sussex. 

Kensa Cooper (Operations Manager)


Kensa has been working with NGOs and managing volunteer programmes  for 8 years. She has lived and worked in Malawi and Ethiopia and has worked, studied and volunteered across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and India. 

Kensa has led a number of volunteer trips and programmes in Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Goa and has extensive experience of working with overseas partners. She has worked closely with charities both in the UK and overseas for a number of years. 

Kensa has a qualification in NGO management (SOAS, University of London), has managed an NGO in Malawi and is a Trustee of a charity in the UK. She has also trained in Off-site Safety Management, Remote First Aid and Project Management and speaks French and Spanish.

Kensa led our first trip to Goa, India in April 2012 and our first trip to Ethiopia in July 2012.

Ken Chapman (Educational Adviser)

ken chapman

Ken Chapman (M.Ed, B.A. PGCE, FIfL) has had over forty years experience in teaching in both the U.K. and also in Nairobi, Kenya. He started teaching as a secondary school Geography and Environmental Science specialist and  left secondary school work at senior management level some time ago to work in the Further Education sector.

In recent years he was in charge of teacher training at a large Birmingham (U.K.) college and currently works in a part-time capacity in the Education Faculty of one of the city's  universities. He has extensive experience of curriculum design and innovation and  education project management. 

In his role as our Educational Adviser  Ken provides advice and support to our  groups ensuring that each trip is a success for the group as well as our community partners.

Dr Jon Dallimore (Medical Adviser)

MB BS (Lond) MSc (Travel Med) MRCGP MCEM DCH DRCOG Dip Mount Med (UIAA) FFTM RCPS (Glasg)
Dr Jon has spent a total of two years on 20 expeditions as doctor and/or leader. These expeditions have varied from the jungles of Sulawesi, Belize, Thailand and Ecuador to the deserts of Sinai, Namibia and Kenya and to the high mountains of East Africa, Arctic Greenland and the Himalayas.

Jon completed the UIAA Diploma in Mountain Medicine in September 2004 and is now a member of the UK teaching faculty. Jon has an MSc in travel medicine, is a member of the RGS medical cell, a contributing author to the RGS handbook 'Expedition Medicine' and a co-editor of the new OUP Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.

Jon has developed a portfolio medical career, working as a staff grade doctor in the Emergency Department at Bristol Royal Infirmary, as a part-time GP an also a lecturer at Bristol University and advises medical students on their overseas electives. In addition he is an ALS and ATLS instructor.

Fred Simkins (Technical Adviser) 

Fred currently works as Director of Outdoor Education and Educational Visits Co-Ordinator at Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex. He is responsible for implementing and overseeing the health and safety requirements of all outdoor College activities including the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and any adventure activities (e.g. ski-ing, kayaking, mountain biking).

Qualifications: MLTT - Mountain Leader Summer , MLTT – Single Pitch Award (Climbing), BCU Level 3 Coach Inland or Sea, Alpine Ski Course Leader & CSIA/PSIA L2 Ski instructor, BSCA MTB & Trail leader, First Aid at Work – St John Ambulance First Aid Instructor & Assessor, OCR Off-Site Safety Manager  RGS – Educational Visit Coordinator.

Alan Pattinson (Legal Adviser)

Alan has 20 years’ insurance industry experience and is a specialist in the field of travel and tourism. In addition to running his own liability scheme for Campbell Irvine, he is also provides bespoke advice on the individual needs of tour operators and travel agents and has access to a wide range of associated experts, including solicitors and investigators.

Qualifications: Cert CII, M.Inst.TT, IRIB

Some of our Leaders

SarahSarah Charlton (Leader - Tanzania, Malawi)

Sarah has been working with Inspire since 2008 and led some of our first teams out to Malawi and Tanzania. She is an experienced leader and has run many expeditions and community projects across southern and eastern Africa.

As well as her wealth of overseas leading experience, Sarah has also worked with young people in the UK - running volunteer schemes for young people in Wales and captaining various sports teams at University. Sarah is a qualified teacher and ran our Tanzania Karimu project in summer 2012.

Jenny Owen (Leader - Tanzania, Swaziland)

Jenny has been working the the development sector for several years in different contexts - from working as a logistics officer for Raleigh International to helping students develop basic numeracy and literacy in Ecuador to Project Officer at the HIV/AIDS Alliance where she developed volunteering links between local NGOs and the corporate sector. 

Jenny has worked as a Leader on several Inspire trips including Swaziland, Malawi, Uganda and, this summer climbed Mount Kilimanjaro as part of our Tanzania project. She loves being outdoors and completed her first marathon in Zurich a couple of years ago. She has worked with volunteers in inner-city London as well as on youth development projects in South America and regularly takes part in various activities with the Territorial Army.

Geri Burton ( Leader - Swaziland, Malawi, Uganda)Geri

Geri has worked for Inspire since 2010 and has worked as an Assistant Leader on the Malawi, Tanzania and Swaziland projects. This year she headed out to Swaziland to lead our project at the Shewula Community. 

Geri first set out to Africa in 2009, working for 6 weeks on a community project in Malawi and has since notched up work and travel across eastern Africa. She completed her degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies at Warwick University. Her passion lies in working with young people in the development sector and she helps develop this interest by volunteering with READ international.

Andy Deaville (Project Leader - Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia)

Andy caught the travel bug early on when he spent 2 months compiling species data in Madagascar whilst on a GAP year.  While studying Zoology at University he continued his travels through Europe and South America. 

TomIn 2007 Andy lead his first team on a community Project in Tanzania and has since gone on to lead numerous community projects and Expeditions throughout Eastern and Southern Africa as well as managing to squeeze in a 3 month adventure from Mexico City to Panama. 

Andy enjoys keeping fit and recently took part in the gruelling 8 mile grim challenge and Brighton half marathon.

Tom Wills (Leader - Tanzania, Malawi)

Tom first visited Africa in 2009, where he spent 6 weeks working on a community project in Tanzania, followed by travel across South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, where he spent another 3 weeks volunteering on a second community project. Tom worked as Assistant Leader on our Malawi and Tanzania Projects in 2011 and this year led our Tanzania project. 

Tom has just completed his degree in History from Cambridge University. 

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