LISA GAGLIANI MBE

LISA GAGLIANI MBE

Chief Executive

Lisa started working for Explore in early 2017 initially on fundraising and marketing before being appointed as chief executive in November 2017. Following a career in marketing, she was CEO of Kingston Chamber of Commerce for 12 years where she became involved with various enterprise and education charities. She ran Bright Ideas Trust and The Childhood Trust before going freelance to causes she cares most about, notably young people. She was awarded an MBE for services to young people and small businesses in 2015. Lisa has been married twice: her first marriage ended in divorce sadly, after 23 years together. She married Andrew in 2011, in Italy on the precise 5th anniversary of their initial blind date. Lisa has two university aged sons, lives on the Isle of Wight and enjoys walking their two small dogs on the nearby beach to relax.

ROSIE SIMPSON

ROSIE SIMPSON

Head of Operations

Rosie has been a driving force behind Explore since 2012 when she initially volunteered and then came on board looking after schools across Hampshire and Sussex. A passionate and sincere advocate of young people, Rosie believes Explore offers what they crave most – authenticity and hope. Never happier than helping teens discover what they most need to know, Rosie also helps and guides the Explore operations across the country. Married to Graham since 1997 and mum to three school aged children, Rosie combines a quirky personality with a clear, Christian purpose. Her other interests include puppy training, puppy walking, tennis, running and the odd slice of cake.

NATASHA REES

NATASHA REES

Hampshire Local Development Officer

Natasha joined Explore as the LDO for Hampshire in 2018 after 5 years working in the insurance industry. She enjoyed the corporate lifestyle but felt passionate that the average standard of Relationships and Sex Education in schools was not good enough, and so determined to do something about it. As well as Explore, she has received training from charities including Esteem UK and the Romance Academy, so is equipped to support students in multiple aspects of their relational development. Natasha graduated from Oxford University in 2013 with a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology. She married her husband, Alan, in 2016, and they live in Farnborough. In her spare time, she likes to sing, play video games, and go for the (very!) occasional run.

ZOE BOWERS

ZOE BOWERS

Derbyshire & North West Local Development Officer

Zoe has run the Derbyshire High Peak and the North-West area for Explore since early 2016. Originally qualified in outdoor education, she runs her own health & wellbeing business alongside organizing Explore sessions in schools. Zoe loves the way the ‘real couples’ engage with students and how the young people suddenly ‘get’ the whole notion that marriage can work out long term and be something to aim for. Married to John for twelve years, she is mum to their 4 primary school aged children. In her infrequent spare time Zoe likes to climb, dance, bake or knit.

HELEN HARRIS

HELEN HARRIS

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE & OXFORDSHIRE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Helen is Local Development Officer working one day a week in Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire schools. She has been volunteering for Explore for a year as a facilitator and volunteers through her local church and charity Family Life UK.

Helen spent a few years living in Abu Dhabi working in a school and loves being involved in education again. She has been married to Rob since 1998 and is a mum to two teenage boys and a Labrador called Harley. She enjoys dog walks, movies, skiing, time out with friends and family activities.

Kay Burden

Kay Burden

KENT LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Kay has worked for many years in the voluntary sector, including supporting families with disabled children and young people, and as a facilitator delivering workshops to Carers on topics such as coping with stress, communication and benefit entitlements. Kay was married to Nigel for 17 years but was widowed in 1998, and has two adult sons. She loves music, books, coffee and cats and sings in a local choir performing musical theatre numbers and volunteers for Singing Back The Memories, a group of people affected by dementia and memory problems.

Kika Ashanike

Kika Ashanike

ESSEX LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Kika is a published independent author who has written extensively about marriage and dysfunctional families. Through her work as an author and broadcaster, she has spoken to thousands of young people. She has been heavily involved in the charity Pure Hearts, helping to recruit and support hundreds of volunteers.
As a child of a single parent household, she witnessed divorce and breakdown of marriage whilst she was growing up. She believes that Explore was exactly what she needed about 10 years ago, to give her the hope that functioning marriages do exist and that together a couple can and do overcome adversity.

ZOE ADAMS

ZOE ADAMS

BERKSHIRE & BEYOND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Zoe joins us in time for the autumn term 2018 from her base in Swindon; she operates along the M4 corridor supporting Berkshire and parts of Wiltshire – from Bristol to Bracknell!
Zoe has a First Class Honours degree from Oxford Brookes University in English Language and Education. For the last 5 years, she has been working with children and young people – helping them with their academic studies. She has also volunteered in various capacities, supporting young adults’ social and emotional wellbeing in the U.K. and abroad. Zoe believes in the mission of Explore and sees it as a privilege to be able to help facilitate a safe, honest space for young people to ask questions and form opinions on healthy, long term relationships. Zoe married her husband Stephen in 2014 and they have two small children. For some down time, she loves reading a good book or doing some baking. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors, especially by the coast.

Wendy Petitdemange

Wendy Petitdemange

Wiltshire & Dorset

Wendy trained as an English and Drama teacher and taught in secondary schools for 18 years before running her own business delivering drama workshops in schools. All her life she has worked with, and for, young people and its where her heart lies. She is committed to promoting healthy long term relationships and loves Explore’s model of using real life couples to demonstrate and deliver this. Wendy has been married to Mike since 1992 (he is still her best friend!) and they have two grown up ‘children’ – Josh 25 and Anna 21. As a Christian, she is very involved with her local church, regularly volunteering for various activities. In the spare time she attends dance classes, a creative writing course and enjoys swimming, reading, walking, all aspects of theatre and dance – and holidays!

LISA GAGLIANI MBE

LISA GAGLIANI MBE

Chief Executive

Lisa started working for Explore in early 2017 initially on fundraising and marketing before being appointed as chief executive in November 2017. Following a career in marketing, she was CEO of Kingston Chamber of Commerce for 12 years where she became involved with various enterprise and education charities. She ran Bright Ideas Trust and The Childhood Trust before going freelance to causes she cares most about, notably young people. She was awarded an MBE for services to young people and small businesses in 2015. Lisa has been married twice: her first marriage ended in divorce sadly, after 23 years together. She married Andrew in 2011, in Italy on the precise 5th anniversary of their initial blind date. Lisa has two university aged sons, lives on the Isle of Wight and enjoys walking their two small dogs on the nearby beach to relax.

ROSIE SIMPSON

ROSIE SIMPSON

Head of Operations

Rosie has been a driving force behind Explore since 2012 when she initially volunteered and then came on board looking after schools across Hampshire and Sussex. A passionate and sincere advocate of young people, Rosie believes Explore offers what they crave most – authenticity and hope. Never happier than helping teens discover what they most need to know, Rosie also helps and guides the Explore operations across the country. Married to Graham since 1997 and mum to three school aged children, Rosie combines a quirky personality with a clear, Christian purpose. Her other interests include puppy training, puppy walking, tennis, running and the odd slice of cake.

NATASHA REES

NATASHA REES

Hampshire Local Development Officer

Natasha joined Explore as the LDO for Hampshire in 2018 after 5 years working in the insurance industry. She enjoyed the corporate lifestyle but felt passionate that the average standard of Relationships and Sex Education in schools was not good enough, and so determined to do something about it. As well as Explore, she has received training from charities including Esteem UK and the Romance Academy, so is equipped to support students in multiple aspects of their relational development. Natasha graduated from Oxford University in 2013 with a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology. She married her husband, Alan, in 2016, and they live in Farnborough. In her spare time, she likes to sing, play video games, and go for the (very!) occasional run.

ZOE BOWERS

ZOE BOWERS

Derbyshire & North West Local Development Officer

Zoe has run the Derbyshire High Peak and the North-West area for Explore since early 2016. Originally qualified in outdoor education, she runs her own health & wellbeing business alongside organizing Explore sessions in schools. Zoe loves the way the ‘real couples’ engage with students and how the young people suddenly ‘get’ the whole notion that marriage can work out long term and be something to aim for. Married to John for twelve years, she is mum to their 4 primary school aged children. In her infrequent spare time Zoe likes to climb, dance, bake or knit.

HELEN HARRIS

HELEN HARRIS

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE & OXFORDSHIRE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Helen is Local Development Officer working one day a week in Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire schools. She has been volunteering for Explore for a year as a facilitator and volunteers through her local church and charity Family Life UK.

Helen spent a few years living in Abu Dhabi working in a school and loves being involved in education again. She has been married to Rob since 1998 and is a mum to two teenage boys and a Labrador called Harley. She enjoys dog walks, movies, skiing, time out with friends and family activities.

Kay Burden

Kay Burden

KENT LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Kay has worked for many years in the voluntary sector, including supporting families with disabled children and young people, and as a facilitator delivering workshops to Carers on topics such as coping with stress, communication and benefit entitlements. Kay was married to Nigel for 17 years but was widowed in 1998, and has two adult sons. She loves music, books, coffee and cats and sings in a local choir performing musical theatre numbers and volunteers for Singing Back The Memories, a group of people affected by dementia and memory problems.

Kika Ashanike

Kika Ashanike

ESSEX LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Kika is a published independent author who has written extensively about marriage and dysfunctional families. Through her work as an author and broadcaster, she has spoken to thousands of young people. She has been heavily involved in the charity Pure Hearts, helping to recruit and support hundreds of volunteers.
As a child of a single parent household, she witnessed divorce and breakdown of marriage whilst she was growing up. She believes that Explore was exactly what she needed about 10 years ago, to give her the hope that functioning marriages do exist and that together a couple can and do overcome adversity.

ZOE ADAMS

ZOE ADAMS

BERKSHIRE & BEYOND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Zoe joins us in time for the autumn term 2018 from her base in Swindon; she operates along the M4 corridor supporting Berkshire and parts of Wiltshire – from Bristol to Bracknell!
Zoe has a First Class Honours degree from Oxford Brookes University in English Language and Education. For the last 5 years, she has been working with children and young people – helping them with their academic studies. She has also volunteered in various capacities, supporting young adults’ social and emotional wellbeing in the U.K. and abroad. Zoe believes in the mission of Explore and sees it as a privilege to be able to help facilitate a safe, honest space for young people to ask questions and form opinions on healthy, long term relationships. Zoe married her husband Stephen in 2014 and they have two small children. For some down time, she loves reading a good book or doing some baking. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors, especially by the coast.

Wendy Petitdemange

Wendy Petitdemange

Wiltshire & Dorset

Wendy trained as an English and Drama teacher and taught in secondary schools for 18 years before running her own business delivering drama workshops in schools. All her life she has worked with, and for, young people and its where her heart lies. She is committed to promoting healthy long term relationships and loves Explore’s model of using real life couples to demonstrate and deliver this. Wendy has been married to Mike since 1992 (he is still her best friend!) and they have two grown up ‘children’ – Josh 25 and Anna 21. As a Christian, she is very involved with her local church, regularly volunteering for various activities. In the spare time she attends dance classes, a creative writing course and enjoys swimming, reading, walking, all aspects of theatre and dance – and holidays!

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We seek to support schools and colleges, usually with Years 10 - 13. Our work is consistent with the guidelines issued by the Department of Education for Relationship Education. We operate within the educational curriculum and syllabus for PSHE, Citizenship and RE in schools.