Meet our Regional Activists & Movement Leadership Team. We have a shared leadership team approach to facilitate the work of the Movement.
Dylan Barker (he/him)
I listen to the ideas, concerns, and voice of the movement and turn that into projects, resources and training. I love seeing the movement members using our resources and training to inspire young people and bring about new conversations about their faith and their world. When I’ll not working for Frontier Youth Trust, I’m being climbed on by my two children or hatching plans with the young people I work alongside on the estate.
Lauren McCombie Smith (she/her)
It's my role to connect us together and to enable us to reach out and connect with the wider community of youth work in the Uk. You can find me networking, at conferences and sorting out communications. I have been involved in youth work in some way or another since I was a teenager myself. I have worked in and outside of the church, in secular and Christian organisations, in the mainstream and on the margins. My heart for youth work was founded in my own teenage years when I helped set up and run a youth congregation. I am super passionate in raising up and investing in young leaders as I was invested in. In my spare time I am really into singing and recently joined a 1970s Disco Band.
John Wheatley (he/him)
It's my role to curate a community and movement around pioneering with young people. It's really important to me that work with young people is contextual, locally-rooted and relational - and I'm as committed to this in my own context of Weston-super-Mare as I am about encouraging others to do it in their own neighbourhoods. When I'm not hanging out with teenagers or youth workers, I like getting out and about with the family.
Ian Spence (he/him)
Regional Activist (South West)
I do a day a week to get alongside pioneering youth workers in the West of England, in person and online to support, inspire and encourage the great work which is happening and identify new connecting points for the movement. I am passionate about inclusion in all areas and that young people of all demographics have a voice in society and in their local context.Outside of FYT I am a Baptist Minister (With no Baptist Church!), I freelance with BBC Radio and engage Young people on my estate with a community radio project. I am also trained as a Mainland European Saunameister!?!
Vicki Morgan-Gale (she/her)
Regional Activist (North)
I have been involved with youth work for over 30 years, having started my youth work journey as a volunteer. I have an MA in Youth Ministry and Theology. I have been involved with church-based youth work, pioneering youth ministry and formal education as an RE teacher. I am passionate about inclusion and working with young people on the edge of church and on the margins of society. I work part time for Frontier Youth Trust, getting alongside pioneering youth workers in the North of England. I support, inspire and encourage projects that are already happening and to encourage and facilitate others to set up in their own context. In my spare time I try to “enjoy” Ironman triathlons which includes swimming, running and cycling.
Matthew Willmott aka Will (he/him)
Brand Ambassador - Diversity Dice
My role is to help churches and youth organisations work on what it means to be LGBTQ+ inclusive; providing training; advice and support. I also help run an LGBTQ+ organisation in Northampton, providing safe spaces for the community to meet. I have been involved in youth work for most of my adult life and LGBTQ+ youth work for the last 10 years.