Our team of highly experienced professionals are here to ensure that the Urban Pursuit programs give students an exceptionally high quality experience that will challenge them and develop them whilst keeping them safe at all times.
Neil has over twenty years of youth work experience, with 15 of those as a teacher in secondary schools and was Assistant Head at Ansford School in Somerset for six years before giving up his career and setting up Urban Pursuit. His mission is to see the lives of vulnerable young people transformed for the better.
He has a strong passion for adrenaline and adventure activities. Neil is a qualified Mountain Leader, Climbing Instructor and Mountain Bike Leader and also loves snowboarding, BMX, off-road driving, wilderness adventures and various watersports.
Anna Pasco (Education Lead)
Anna has been a part of the Urban Pursuit team since September 2018, joining us from a local special educational needs school. Anna is a trained teacher with extensive experience working with vulnerable young people, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Anna is a keen climber and can often be found at one of the climbing walls around Bristol developing her skills.
Andrew Stansbury (Office Manager)
Andrew has been part of the team since 2015 and helps to manage our office space and takes care of the finances as well as being involved in running groups. He has a particular talent for bringing dead office plants back to life, although this may be because he’s the only one who waters them… Andrew has 4 years of youth work experience and enjoys learning new sports, skills and tricks, especially when taught by the students!
Tim Crow (Adventure Leader & Youth Worker)
Tim has been with Urban Pursuit since October 2016. Tim is a trained teacher and brings a huge amount of energy and expertise to the team and has been involved in youth work for over 10 years. Tim also spent 8 years in Uganda developing a youth sports club and managed a local youth football team that now play in the national league!
Jonty Flynn (Adventure Leader & Youth Worker)
Jonty is a qualified youth worker who has been working with Urban Pursuit since March 2018. Jonty is involved with a number of brilliant youth projects across the city and has already amassed a huge amount of experience in working with vulnerable young people. He is a keen sportsman, particularly in cricket and football.
Sam Hardy (Adventure Leader & Youth Worker)
Sam’s been a part of the team since 2016 and has a frustrating ability to be good at any sport he tries. Not only has he played basketball for the Wales youth team in the past, he currently holds the record for the longest staff wheelie, often walks around on his hands and has the fastest time on a local climbing wall! Fortunately for the rest of us mere mortals, his humour is average. Sam has extensive experience in working with young people, both from running a youth club and also from running his own guitar teaching business.
Bex Baillie (Adventure Leader & Youth Worker)
Bex joined us in November 2018 and is a recently qualified youth worker. She is brilliant at relating to our young people and she always puts a smile on their faces! She is an all-around adventurer who is enjoying learning new sports and adventure activities.
Raphaela Rasch (Adventure Leader & Youth Worker)
Raphaela has been a part of the Urban Pursuit family since May 2015. She is a qualified secondary school science teacher and has been a key part of developing our Woodland Academy and exploring working with primary aged children in an outdoor setting. She brings a huge amount of warmth and care to the team and is a strong favourite with our young people.
Elliot Mocharraffie (Adventure Leader & Youth Worker)
Elliot has been with us since October 2018 and works for us alongside two other youth work projects. He has competed in Judo, Boxing and Kickboxing competitions in the past and also enjoys running, cycling and slack-lining.