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Greg Barton

Founder, Chief Executive, Consultant

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Greg has exceptional experience within the charity sector spanning more than four decades. He has founded several successful charities and is an accomplished Chief Executive, including the growth of one organisation from a turnover of £60,000 to £3,500,000 during his tenure. Greg has a deep insight and vast experience in all areas of charitable work - from one-to-one counselling, programme development, securing funding from both private and public sources and attracting high profile patrons and supporters. He has raised over 35 million pounds in funding for charities in his career to date. Greg has a wealth of in-depth experience which has had an extensive impact on the charities he has been involved with including maximising their operational functioning for achieving outcomes, infusing their ethos with new inspiration and expanding their charitable impact and reach. Greg is a trained counsellor, sailing instructor and leader of numerous international expeditions in wilderness environments.

Andy Ashworth

Co-Founder, Director of Operations, Consultant

Andy has vast experience of working in the charity and international development sector spanning over 25 years. He has significant expertise in the design and operational delivery of personal and organisational effectiveness programmes and has successfully designed and implemented a range of extremely complex programmes of work throughout his career, including trafficking, child justice, and rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners. Andy’s approach has been shown to ensure a high quality and consistent programme delivery and his decades of experience in programme design have led to the unique training methodology that underpins the Beyond Resilience programme. Andy started his working life in the Armed Forces and is certified in Reality Therapy. He also has considerable experience of cognitive behavioural work in wild and remote places and has worked in remote environments around the world.

Senior Management
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Board Of Trustees



Vikram Setia

Interim Chair


Vikram took on the role of Interim Chair in 2020.

Kate Ruby

Board Member

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Kate has 25 years of experience in criminal justice globally, focusing on the expenditure of resources in Corporate Social Responsibility within the Criminal Justice and Mental Health arenas. She is a specialist in forming partnerships and developing social projects and in enabling efficient use of resources to promote viable and functioning third sector organisations within the criminal justice and mental health sectors.

Chrissie Ruckley

Board Member


Chrissie is a Creative Learning Officer for Creative Scotland, the national body for the funding and development of the arts. The focus of her work is enabling artists to work collaboratively with people, and workforce development. Exploring quality, skills and connectivity for better participatory arts and creative learning.

Chrissie trained as a visual artist at Edinburgh College of Art and followed this with a Masters in Theatre for Development at King Alfred’s College Winchester. She is trained as an Action Learning Set Facilitator (through the Institute of Leadership and Management) and Mentoring Co-ordinator.   

Patrons & Ambassadors





We are very fortunate to receive support from many like-minded trusts, organisations and individuals.

We are enormously grateful to the trusts that showed from the beginning -and continue to show- belief in us: the Rank Foundation and the Souter Trust. Without their support, both in terms of grants and guidance, we would not be where we are today.

Our work in Malawi would not be possible if it was not for the large amount of support we receive from the Scottish Government. This funding and partnership has enabled us to design and deliver two highly innovative and influential programmes and reach thousands of young Malawians every year.


The McConnell International Foundation funding has been instrumental in enabling us to pilot test and design the enormously successful Pioneers For Change programme. 


The Phillip Henman Trust has provided vital 5-year project funding for out vocational training in bicycle engineering, part of the Alternative To Custody programme.

In the UK, The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund four-year grant awarded in late 2015 has been a significant milestone for us. This funding has enabled us to step up our our Rites of Passage programme and roll it out to a wider young audience in the UK.


We have also been helped by grants from the Clothworkers Fund, Swire Trust and Help The Homeless, as well as smaller trusts who have been able to directly fund young people from their local area to take part in Rites of Passage programme.

We are enormously grateful to all our supporters.


Our partners are crucial to all our work in the UK, Malawi and previous work in Nepal. It is by working collaboratively with partners that we are able to maximise our impact.

In the UK our main partnership relationship is with our delivery partners at Centerpoint and Foyer Federation (UK National Homeless Organisations). These partnerships are crucial as they identify and prepare aspirant participants for our UK Beyond Boundaries programme. The partnership also allows us to bring fresh thinking and new ways of working to achieve long-term sustainable impact and share our learning and advantaged thinking approach. We are also supported by non-delivery partners like the Youth Hostel Association who provide our staff and young participants discounted rates and opportunities to volunteer in return for free board.

In Malawi we work in partnership with the Scottish Criminal Justice Board, sharing ideas and acting as a link between the two countries. To deliver our work we work closely with Malawi prison service, judiciary, police, international & local NGO's and local communities.

In previous programmes in Nepal we worked alongside national and local government, mainly the Youth Ministry, international & local NGO's and local communities.



If you would like to partner with us, please get in touch.


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