Meet The Team

The Gapforce Family

We are proud to be a closely-knit team, based both in our UK office and across the globe. Our staff are the foundation and sacred portals of knowledge that allow us to build and offer truly unique gap year programs. The faces you see below are the magnificent team that ensure our participants have unique and empowering adventures on their gap year and volunteering programs

World-class Expedition Leaders

Outside our main headquarters in London, England, most of our staff are based across the world in a variety of our gap year destinations. Being based in the very countries that our programs run from means our staff have an unparalleled local knowledge and are consequently able to continually develop the programs through regular communication with our UK support team. These exceptional international staff members are paramount to the success of our programs and the ability for our programs to make a real impact through sustainable volunteering and marine conservation. 

Our Expedition Leaders have been rigorously trained directly from the ground-up (literally!) in safety, group education, wilderness survival and so much more. This truly makes them the best outdoor experts for our gap year adventures and group programs. Our Expedition Leaders are of the highest standards, and quite simply incredible at what they do; with them, our participants continue to have the ultimate experiences on our trips.


 Our Support Staff   Our Program Leaders


Your London Advisor Team

James Catterall

James

Manager
james@gapforce.org

James took his own gap year and travelled extensively throughout Australia, before graduating from the University of Bristol and starting an extensive career in adventure travel. James joined Gapforce in 2009 and has enjoyed watching the company grow. James is a keen runner and his dream destination is South Africa!

Erika

Erika

Advisor - USA
erikaliedtke@gapforce.org

Erika is a native Chicagoan that can’t get enough of travelling the globe. Immediately after graduating from the University of Chicago with a Degree in Kinesiology, Erika left the comforts of her home and a well-beaten path to travel and work around the world. Today she feels lucky having the opportunity to guide others out of their own comfort zones and into a gap year.

Mareen

Mareen

Advisor - Europe
mareen@gapforce.org

Mareen decided travelling had to become a big part of her life after travelling for the first time at the age of 14 - joining an organized bus trip and heading to Nice. 14 years later, Mareen found herself falling in love with the other side of the world, whilst spending time in New Zealand. The top places on her bucket list include South America, Canada and the Northern Polar Lights!

Giulia

Giulia

Operations Coordinator
operations@gapforce.org

Italian passport holder and UK resident, passions include but are not limited to: travelling - well duh - reading sci-fi novels and consequently carrying a towel with me at all times, watching basketball games hoping LeBron will dunk on someone's head, and going to stand up comedy sets anywhere around the world because I genuinely love to laugh and could spend all my money on it.

Life so far also taught me that coffee and cake are very important.

Dr Raj

Dr Raj

Medical and Safety
info@gapforce.org

Raj is one of a select few individuals that has successfully climbed, unguided, the highest mountain on every continent in the world. It is because of this that Raj is our consultant doctor, allowing us to provide the highest level of safety and medical support. Raj has operated in some of the most inhospitable places imaginable from mountain, desert, polar and jungle environments, right through to warzones.

You

Your Special Role
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Expedition Staff

Colin Gap Year Program Leader

Colin

Expedition Leader Trainer - UK & Overseas

Jade Gap Year Program Leader

Jade

Expedition Leader Trainer - UK & Overseas

Marcus Watts

Elliot Swinney

Expedition Leader

Matt Smith Gap Year Program Leader

Matt Smith

Expedition Leader

Sev Gap Year Program Leader

Sev

Expedition Leader - Ski

Barney Gap Year Program Leader

Barney

Expedition Leader

Stefan Gap Year Program Leader

Stefan

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Joe

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Rich

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Ryan

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Victoria

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Nicola

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Paul

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Jamii

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Will

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Terry

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Jamie

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Henry

Expedition Leader

Gap Year Program Leader

Charlie

Expedition Leader

James Gap Year Program Leader

James

Partner - West Africa

Leo Gap Year Program Leader

Leo

Partner - Thailand

Raj Gap Year Program Leader

Raj

Partner – Nepal

Marcus Watts

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