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                            MEET THE MENTORS

David Winship - Director and Development Worker


David worked, for Gateshead Council, with people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions for approximately 18 years. David started out as a day centre officer and progressed to management. He has developed many innovative services and has always had a good working relationship with service users, carers and other professionals within the north east. David is a qualified social care practitioner with considerable training and experience that can be utilised by Inspired Support.


As well as working in social care, David has also had two other successful businesses; an events promotion company and a watersports school.


David has numerous hobbies and interests that he will be able to share with interested service users including:-













Richard Lamb - Director and Development Worker


Richard has worked in the field of social care for approximately 35 years and is a qualified social worker. He has worked in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors in roles from working directly with service users to managing national care companies. Richard also has an entrepreneurial background having developed his own companies and social enterprises; he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.


Richard enjoys a variety of hobbies and interests which he will share to broaden people's horizons, these include:









Chris McCourtie

Chris started studying music on leaving school at 16 and has a National Diploma in Music Technology, an HND in Music Production and Performance, a Degree in Popular and Contemporary Music and a Masters Degree in Studio Production. During this time Chris worked at The Garage Music Centre in Newcastle as a sound engineer in the recording studio, whilst also maintaining the equipment to help run the studio and practice rooms.

After completing his Masters, Chris played bass guitar in a band and signed a recording deal with a UK label. During this time the band toured extensively playing UK and European festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of White and Ibiza Rocks, before culminating in playing Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. They also had the privilege of being support for various bands including Oasis and Primal Scream, released an album in 2010, and had their music used extensively on film and TV, most notably on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.

Whilst on the road with the band, Chris forged a sound reputation with many musical contacts. This allowed him the opportunity to begin the next stage of his career in 2011, as a guitar and drum technician looking after touring musicians. In this role, he has worked all over the world at events
and shows including the Brit Awards, The Grammy’s, MTV European Music Awards and Later with Jools Holland. He has also looked after musicians performing large arena tour shows, and global festivals such as Coachella, Glastonbury Pyramid Stage, Austin City Limits, and SXSW.

At Inspired Support, Chris delivers drum and guitar tuition, runs guitar maintenance and repair workshops and is also involved in fitness and coaching with the Inspired football team. Aside from music, his other interests include horticulture, running, astronomy, food and travel.

Stu Herring

Stu is a professional artist represented by Breeze Creatives Newcastle and is mainly known for his performance based works and sculpture. He has a history of running galleries, events, and workshops with skills that span most things cultural. After getting involved with ‘Inspired Events’ Stu was drawn to the idea of utilising his skills set to support the aspirations of the current and future inspired member, this translated into the inspired studio, where he helped realise members potential in an array of areas like games design, games review, creative writing, animation, graphics design, and most obviously art. He also has a keen eye for spotting people’s talents and advising them on prospective paths to apply their talents and skills, and helping them hone their talents in to a possible career path.

 His interests include:

Contemporary Art









Real ale/Cocktails

Dennis Gibson

Dennis has worked in health and social care for almost 40 years.He is a qualified social worker and has a wide experience of managing and developing learning disability services in health and social services settings. Dennis has been a member of two local Learning Disability Partnership Boards and in these has promoted and encouraged the voices of people with learning disabilities and their carers to be heard. Lately he has done a lot of consultancy and training work, primarily around mental capacity, as well as advocating on behalf of vulnerable people in care homes and hospitals.
Dennis`s hobbies and interests include -
Playing guitar
Visiting art galleries
5 a side football
Sports coaching
Extras work in films and tv
Gigs,live music

Dean Laing

Dean is a professional boxer and former  England International Boxer. Dean started out doing some voluntary sports coaching with people at Inspired Support when our paths crossed at Birtley Young Peoples Centre. It soon became apparent that Dean had a great approach to working and coaching people in various areas of Sport and life in general. Dean soon became one of Inspireds valued associates and brings a lot of unique skills to the table. Dean now heads up our sport, health and nutrition element of the Inspired programme. As a future boxing professional, Dean has achieved a lot in life and has many skills he can share:


- former british junior judo champion

- ABA Boxing Coach

- 2013 Senior Elite Haringey Gold Medal Winner

- 2014 Senior Elite Haringey Gold Medal Winner

- 2015 Slovakia Box Cup Champion

- ABA semi-finalist 2013/2014

- Tyne Tees and Wear Champion

- Qualified level 3 brick layer


Dean is currently doing some great work with Inspired Support including:


- teaching nutrition and healthy lifestyle

- doing strength and conditioning work

- working on functional movement and full range

- boxing coaching and peer coaching development

- researching sensory diet for people with complex needs

- coaching and developing Inspired SUpport United

- developed a pre-season training camp including - speed drills, plyometrics, power, stamina

- developing emotional literacy and imagination through sport

- developing team skills and work ethic through sport


Franco P

Franco P is at the top of his game when it comes to music production, instrument tuition, recording and performance.


Franco has more than 10 years experience in music technology including sound
engineering, live recording and electronic production in the following

*- Studied his HND in Music Technology at Newcastle College around

*- His main field of expertise is working with electronic music. However,
outside of electronic music he has experience in playing the guitar and
drums in bands and as a session musician, as well as work as a professional
drum tutor for beginners and songwriter for amateur vocal artists.

*- Professional producer for TV, film, documentaries, vlogs (visual
blogging) and video games including multiple works for companies such as
Fox's FX channel, Sony Computer Entertainment, Channel 4, Cue Songs, Loft
Studios and many more.

*- Awarding winning remixer for Generator in 2011. The project included a
fully funded music video organised by director Dick Carruthers (Oasis,
Rolling Stones etc) and presentation by Feargal Sharkey (The Undertones)

*- Between 2011-2013 he worked as live DJ for Evolution Emerging's

*- Endorsed by and produced work for top UK electronic heavyweight labels
Ministry of Sound and Global Underground.

*- Toured in Europe last year playing (and DJing) with some of the best
underground acts in the electronic scene including Carpenter Brut,
Perturbator and Jabberwocky.*

*- Worked in Paris as producer/mastering engineer and remix artist for the
label Yeah!/Dish, also as a frequent guest DJ at popular club Le Dandy.

*- Commissioned on high profile remixes for artists such as Pony Pony Run
Run (FRA), Trafik (UK), Amari (ITA), and Jabberwocky (FRA).

Lindsay Harley


Lindsay has over 23 years’ experience working in a variety of social care settings; her early experience includes working therapeutically in a refuge with children. Also developed a day service to homeless people in Sheffield. More recently Lindsay worked for 14 years in family support services often supporting families where family members have disabilities.


Lindsay has worked in the North East for the past  11 years developing crisis intervention services and family support services . Lindsay is trained Play Therapist, trained Option 2 Crisis Intervention worker, and has specialised for many years in supporting people experiencing domestic abuse.


At Inspired support Lindsay has been working on a number of client’s projects supporting them in App development, Art projects, drama work along with cooking and budgeting. Along with supporting clients to develop strategies to reduce anxiety and stress, and improve their emotional wellbeing. Lindsay has also worked with clients on developing healthy relationships, domestic abuse and friendship work. 


Lindsay is a local artist living in Haydon Bridge, paints and draws, and is inspired in her art work by the countryside, and produces art using the land itself. Lindsay predominately produces art work, which highlights social issues, and is currently work on an exhibition to highlight the work aid workers working with refugees. Lindsay enjoys walking, cycling gardening, and cooking. 

Colin Guy

Colin Guy brings a lot of skills and interests to the Inspired team. Colin has supported people with disabilities and autism spectrum conditions throughout his career. Colins interests and skills include:




Aikido instructor


Diving (sub-aqua)

Walking (walk leader at own hiking club)

First Aid Instructor

Building Maintenance

Fishing - course

Art - watercolour

Defensive Driving Trainer

Ambulance trained

Fire Marshall




Jaisen Yates

Jaisen is a well known professional artist in the Noth East and has recently just held his own exhibition promoted by Breeze Creatives. Jaisen had a studio in the same building as Inspired and quickly built up friendships with us all. Jaisen loved the work we were doing with people and when we started getting people on board who showed and interest and a talent with art, the matching process became an obvious move.

Jaisen became an associate of Inspired and joined the team adding his professional artistic qualities in to the mix. Jaisen now mentors groups of aspiring artists who want to produce artwork on many levels and from people with varying abilities. People with complex needs have been supported to produce some great work. People who have shown a talent with art have been mentored by Jaisen to develop their skills and go on to being self employed in the world of art.


Jaisens own work was briefed by Breeze Creatives as "Painting is often a struggle between the planned and the accidental, a place of freedom where imagination cannot be stopped. Whilst painting, the direction of work can unexpectedly begin to change. In this transition something else manifests, thus forming a new vocabulary. Mixing form and content, a carnivorous approach reflects life’s worth of looking and listening. Jaisen Yates is a creator of objects and images. It is the wish that these forms are granted the freedom to become themselves."

Sam Wood

Sam has worked with people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions for approximately 12 years. Sam started out working in the outdoor activity sector before progressing into college to complete her NVQ’s in outdoor activity leadership. 

After college Sam went onto university to successfully compete her BA Hons in youth and community work.

Sam has had various job roles within different organisations all working with people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions. These include support worker, outdoor instructor, youth worker, senior youth mentor, walking leader, head counsellor and senior climbing/high ropes instructor.

Sam enjoys a variety of hobbies and interests including:

Outdoor activities


Carl Morrison

Carl was inspired to work in social care after his daughter was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Carl started working for Gateshead council as a Day centre officer at the age of 20. Carl supported adults with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions in a person centred way during his 10 year service with the council.

Carl has also been a shared lives carer for over 5 years, supporting people from his own home, offering respite services and long term living arrangements in the past.

Carl has an NVQ level 3 in Health and social care and a diploma in the safe handling of medication among his qualifications.

Carl manages the Inspired support football team and is a qualified FA coach.

Carl has many hobbies he is able to shared with others, including:

* Football
* Boxing
* Running
* Cooking
* Woodwork
* Up-cycling furniture
* Weight training
* Nutrition

Patrick Snape

Patrick was born in Wolverhampton and moved to Newcastle in the 80's to study an MA in fine art at The University Of Newcastle.


Before becoming an artist he worked in several factories and briefly built a career as a bricklayer before deciding to return to education.


Patrick did a one year foundation course at Wolverhampton Polytechnic followed by a three year degree in fine art at Birmingham School of Art. In 2001 Patrick completed a Degree in Arts Management and used these skills working in arts and management and as an organiser of poetry and multi media arts events around the region.


Around 2001 Patrick side-stepped into the world of music and began writing and performing his own songs, first as a duo called Terrapin Therapy, then as a solo acoustic singer/songwriter, before forming a band called The Unstable Tables, a four piece whose influences included Punk, Ska, blues, Rock&Roll, Dylan, and much more. The Tables folded in 2012 but he has continued writing, recording and performing music in a duo called the Electric Peasants.


For nearly a decade Patrick has written poetry at Cafe Nero situated on the busy corner of Clayton Street. Patrick has had his poetry published and his favourite moment was winning a national poetry competition judged by the Liverpool play rights Alan Bleasedale and Jimmy McGovern, two of his favourite writers.


In 2012 Patrick worked as an extra for local agency NE1 4TV and has appeared in a number of TV shows and movies including Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake filmed entirely on location in Newcastle.

Michael Andisen

Michael is the Managing Director at Tyne Music.

Michael is a Qualified Studio Engineer & Music Producer.

Michael has a skill base that includes:

Music and sound to motion picture, video and film production.

Post production: ADR & Foly.

Michael is rooted in community engagement through creative arts projects.

Michael has regular involvement with youth organisations - YMCA, Fenham Association for Residence (FAR), Amnesty International (Stop Torture Campaign) and Princes Trust - developing interest in live music performance and DJ projects for youth festivals. 

Autism Specialists

Inspired Support are leading specialists in the world of Autism Spectrum Conditions and Learning Disabilities.

Where to find us:

Inspired Support Ltd


Working for you in the communities of the North East




Richard Lamb  07825958024

David Winship 07881958054

Inspired Workforce

The Inspired Support team are all great professional mentors and are  all DBS checked.

The company is fully insured

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