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Dan Curtis


Dan is the founder and Director of Active Hope. He is a trained primary school teacher who retrained as an outdoor instructor. Dan is passionate about giving children and young people new opportunities he loves the challenge and excitement of our work.

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Paul Cannell

Projects Manager

Paul, our projects manager, has been part of our team for over 10 years, first as a volunteer, and now as a staff member. For many years he worked as an optician manager, then decided to re-focus, join Active Hope, and qualify as an instructor in archery, climbing, water sports and mountain biking. Paul now spends most of his time organising our events, and fundraising.

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Lynsey Atherton

Office Manager

Lynsey is our Office Manager. She has worked with Active Hope for more than 11 years.
She initially started volunteering on our Adventure Academy project and got hooked! Lynsey now works as our Office Manager - providing the essential admin and organisation behind all of our projects.

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Andy Watts


Andy has been involved with Active Hope since 2011, when he joined us on placement as part of his university degree. He continued as a volunteer for a season, and is now an employed member of staff,  supporting all aspects of our work. Andy thrives on working with our Primary School groups, particularly through our residential season. He loves to instruct archery and is also qualified in climbing and water sports.

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Gaz Pemberton


Gaz, just like Lynsey, first came to us as a volunteer on an Adventure Academy project...and is now a full time staff member! Gaz loves being outside, loves being busy, and adores pushing himself to the max!!! 
Gaz previously worked in a school for children with additional needs, so brings with him lots of experience and a passion to see young people encouraged and cared for.

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Rach Addison


Rach joined the team earlier this year after spending some time working as a PE apprentice in a local primary school. She has already qualified as an archery instructor and paddlesport leader!

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Mike Ryder

Freelance Instructor

Mike is an extremely well qualified instructor who specialises in watersports. He not only works with our children and young people, but is also a recognised coach - teaching other instructors. As well as his love for all things aquatic, he loves our small group mentoring sessions.