LISA GAGLIANI

LISA GAGLIANI

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 got involved with various enterprise and education charities. She ran Bright Ideas Trust and The Childhood Trust before going freelance to causes she care 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 15 years. She married Andrew in 2011, on the precise 5th anniversary of their initial blind date. Lisa has two university aged sons, has recently moved to the Isle of Wight and enjoys walking their two small dogs on the nearby beach most days.

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.

VACANT

VACANT

KENT LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

We are currently recruiting! If you are interested in joining us part-time in Kent, please see our News page.

MICHAELA HYDE

MICHAELA HYDE

Essex Local Development Officer

Michaela has run the Essex area since early 2015, which she manages alongside her other commercial interest as a tv sales presenter. Before joining Explore, Michaela worked with young people and children including projects to improve health eating and inspirational careers works. She is passionate about young people being given the best possible opportunities to live life to the full. She firmly believes that Explore workshops offers the chance to develop the skills needed to identify and nurture the lasting relationships and marriages that most young people hope for in the future. Married to Nick since 1999, she is mum to a teenage daughter and son. She enjoys writing poetry, pilates, shopping, coffee and family activities.

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.

MARY McGHEE

MARY McGHEE

Westminster Diocese Local Development Officer

Mary has degrees in biochemistry and sociology and spent her career before Explore working in youth ministry. She has run the Explore sessions for the Diocese of Westminster schools since 2014. She enjoys the work of Explore, which she sees as helping young people answer very simple and important questions such as “Can marriage really last a lifetime?” and “Is it worth it?” Mary firmly believes our work is potentially life-changing, she loves meeting volunteer couples and being in the classroom to facilitate the dialogues. Her area includes London north of the Thames within the M25 and most of Hertfordshire. Mary has been married since 2004 and has three children. When not working, Mary likes to play guitar and relax with friends and family.

NICCI FLEMING

NICCI FLEMING

West Midlands LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Nicci runs the West Midlands area for Explore, having joined us in late 2016, bringing with her over 20 years’ experience of youth work and marketing. For Nicci, it’s the hope and positivity of Explore that really motivates her. She loves the way our sessions work on so many levels – the students, the couples and the school staff are all transformed through the experience. When not working, Nicci likes to cook, entertain, explore the great outdoors and play the guitar. Her most trusted companion is Harley, a mischievous spaniel.

LIZ PERCIVAL

LIZ PERCIVAL

BERKSHIRE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Liz is our longest serving member of staff, having been a volunteer from the charity’s inception where she trained as an advisor coach at the Grubb Institute and set up the local group in Berkshire. Liz still gets a buzz from working with young people, from their curiosity and thoughtfulness and she has found the method of dialogues is a versatile enough to engage young people from a range of settings. Married to David for 38 years, they have three grown-up children and five grandchildren, but they both still volunteer as a couple in the classroom whenever they can.

ANNA McCORMICK

ANNA McCORMICK

BRENTWOOD DIOCESE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Anna runs the Explore sessions on behalf of the Diocese of Brentwood to all the Catholic secondary schools there since 2013. Having debated whether to become a teacher herself, Anna enjoys being in the classroom and is inspired by the way Explore dialogues make a huge impact on young people’s expectations and hopes for relationships, when so many have experienced the effects of marriage break up in their own family. She is therefore passionate that all young people should hear from couples who have been resilient and able to tackle life’s problems and remain committed to each other. Married to David since 2007, she is also mum to a young son and daughter. When not working, Anna loves to bake, play tennis and is involved in many family related activities in her local parish.

HELEN HARRIS

HELEN HARRIS

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Helen is our newest Local Development Officer working one day a week initially in the Buckinghamshire 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.

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.

LISA GAGLIANI

LISA GAGLIANI

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 got involved with various enterprise and education charities. She ran Bright Ideas Trust and The Childhood Trust before going freelance to causes she care 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 15 years. She married Andrew in 2011, on the precise 5th anniversary of their initial blind date. Lisa has two university aged sons, has recently moved to the Isle of Wight and enjoys walking their two small dogs on the nearby beach most days.

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.

VACANT

VACANT

KENT LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

We are currently recruiting! If you are interested in joining us part-time in Kent, please see our News page.

MICHAELA HYDE

MICHAELA HYDE

Essex Local Development Officer

Michaela has run the Essex area since early 2015, which she manages alongside her other commercial interest as a tv sales presenter. Before joining Explore, Michaela worked with young people and children including projects to improve health eating and inspirational careers works. She is passionate about young people being given the best possible opportunities to live life to the full. She firmly believes that Explore workshops offers the chance to develop the skills needed to identify and nurture the lasting relationships and marriages that most young people hope for in the future. Married to Nick since 1999, she is mum to a teenage daughter and son. She enjoys writing poetry, pilates, shopping, coffee and family activities.

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.

MARY McGHEE

MARY McGHEE

Westminster Diocese Local Development Officer

Mary has degrees in biochemistry and sociology and spent her career before Explore working in youth ministry. She has run the Explore sessions for the Diocese of Westminster schools since 2014. She enjoys the work of Explore, which she sees as helping young people answer very simple and important questions such as “Can marriage really last a lifetime?” and “Is it worth it?” Mary firmly believes our work is potentially life-changing, she loves meeting volunteer couples and being in the classroom to facilitate the dialogues. Her area includes London north of the Thames within the M25 and most of Hertfordshire. Mary has been married since 2004 and has three children. When not working, Mary likes to play guitar and relax with friends and family.

NICCI FLEMING

NICCI FLEMING

West Midlands LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Nicci runs the West Midlands area for Explore, having joined us in late 2016, bringing with her over 20 years’ experience of youth work and marketing. For Nicci, it’s the hope and positivity of Explore that really motivates her. She loves the way our sessions work on so many levels – the students, the couples and the school staff are all transformed through the experience. When not working, Nicci likes to cook, entertain, explore the great outdoors and play the guitar. Her most trusted companion is Harley, a mischievous spaniel.

LIZ PERCIVAL

LIZ PERCIVAL

BERKSHIRE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Liz is our longest serving member of staff, having been a volunteer from the charity’s inception where she trained as an advisor coach at the Grubb Institute and set up the local group in Berkshire. Liz still gets a buzz from working with young people, from their curiosity and thoughtfulness and she has found the method of dialogues is a versatile enough to engage young people from a range of settings. Married to David for 38 years, they have three grown-up children and five grandchildren, but they both still volunteer as a couple in the classroom whenever they can.

ANNA McCORMICK

ANNA McCORMICK

BRENTWOOD DIOCESE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Anna runs the Explore sessions on behalf of the Diocese of Brentwood to all the Catholic secondary schools there since 2013. Having debated whether to become a teacher herself, Anna enjoys being in the classroom and is inspired by the way Explore dialogues make a huge impact on young people’s expectations and hopes for relationships, when so many have experienced the effects of marriage break up in their own family. She is therefore passionate that all young people should hear from couples who have been resilient and able to tackle life’s problems and remain committed to each other. Married to David since 2007, she is also mum to a young son and daughter. When not working, Anna loves to bake, play tennis and is involved in many family related activities in her local parish.

HELEN HARRIS

HELEN HARRIS

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Helen is our newest Local Development Officer working one day a week initially in the Buckinghamshire 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.

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.

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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.