Meet The Team

Chris AdamsOur Musician is Chris Adams Dip.MftM.

Chris is a professional, award-winning musician and composer who has worked in the music industry for many years and has taught music in secondary schools. He has recorded and performed with some of the major rock bands in the UK.

Chris has an ability to bring out the best in people in a non-intimidating way and is passionate about creating positive change in young people.

He believes that music can be an alternative to negativity enabling an individual to channel potentially-destructive attitudes into positive creative achievements. Sometimes all it takes is the right opportunity.

Simon NichollsOur Senior Youth Worker is Simon Nicholls M.A., B.Phil., PGCE, MifL.

Simon is a professional qualified youth and community worker with an immense amount of skills and experience. In addition to teaching community and personal development, he has many years’ experience of working with people of all ages and backgrounds and has written youthwork materials and adapted them to different environments.

Simon is also a luthier (violin maker) and has made instruments for professional musicians, as well as recording and touring with the rock band, Electric Light Orchestra. He is committed to delivering quality youth work which has a lasting impact on an individual’s life.

He believes that personal and community growth emerges from the opportunity to grasp the nettle of change and become creators of change and not consumers of change.

KarenYoung People's Counsellor/Therapist - Karen

Karen has a Post-graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling/Psychotherapy (BACP accredited). She has worked with a diverse range of client groups.

Committed to continued professional development believing that her own development is crucial to the development of her clients, Karen has completed courses in wilderness therapy and mindfulness and has spent many years studying meditation. Her training and previous work with equine psychology enabled her to work on rehabilitating rescue horses and she has plans to develop equine-assisted psychotherapy as a way of working with clients in the future.

Karen is passionate about helping others and uses both traditional and creative ways of helping her clients find their own way to fulfilling their true potential. An important part of her work is to facilitate a relationship of trust with her clients so that they can confidently express themselves.

Paul Kelly Young People's Counsellor/Therapist - Paul

Paul Kelly has worked within the field of Personal Development, Training and Coaching for twenty-four years. He believes passionately in assisting to create valuable, lasting and life-changing opportunities for individuals and groups, as everyone has the potential to be what they want to be. We have all the ingredients – we just need help sometimes finding the correct recipe.

Paul has worked in the fields of youth work and outdoor learning, holding many outdoor qualifications and can often be found up a hill, floating down the river or bobbing about the sea.

Over the years Paul became fascinated by the mind and body connection and understanding how it all works and how our language and thoughts can affect us. In order to grow and develop this understanding Paul studied and qualified in areas such as Life Coaching, NLP (this looks at the patterns you create) and positive language. He has also undertaken and practises Mindfulness and Buteyko (breathing exercises).

Sam Warne Multimedia Youth Worker - Sam Warne B.A. (Adventure Tourism Management)

Sam is a passionate and experienced musician and community worker, with extensive training in outdoor pursuits management. He has had a variety of experience working alongside youth and community projects on four continents, as well as firsthand experience co-ordinating music and multimedia activities to foster positive personal development in young people.

From personal experience, he is a fervent believer in the ability of any individual to excel if given the right tools, encouragement and motivation, as well as in the value of harnessing people’s creativity to realise their full potential.