Travel has an extraordinary ability to transform. It has the power to change perspectives, open
minds, shift opinions and change lives. Travel is THE greatest inspirator.
But when travel comes together with friendship, understanding, respect, support and empathy it can bring together the most unlikely minds, people from different worlds can come together to achieve something truly incredible.
Lifetime friendships and bonds that run deeper than your rational mind can explain. It can change not only the life of the traveller, but can touch the lives of the people whose paths
they cross, however fleetingly or unknowingly the encounter.
Travel creates memories that will stay with you for a lifetime and become stories. For those you help along the way these stories are often far more. We seek to reveal these stories from all corners of the world to inspire others to ask the question.... how will you live your life....
Who we are
We are a team of adventurers, travellers and thril seekers inspired by places we have been and people we have met along the way to support the places we visit. Each of our challenges are purposefully designed to effect social change in the places we visit, creating a long lasting impact on those communities that need it most.
People are at the heart of everything we do. Our projects are focused on long-term empowerment of these communities, as part of a broader social impact goal. We do not quick-fix-pack-up-and-go. The lasting economic tutelage given to these people is unlike any superficial charity project. Whatsmore, 100% of your fundraising money goes directly to the designated project so we can be sure it is not diluted along the way.
Responsibility and sustainability
When designing our charity adventures we make sure to work with only local and independent suppliers, accommodation providers, and local expert guides. This not only ensures maximum immersion into the place, but it guarantees that wealth from our tourism is reinvested into the community hosting us. These cultivated long-term relationships with our partners ensure a mutual trust and responsibility to uphold both of our sustainable tourism practices. Monetary resources no doubt are required to begin the process, but once initiated the local community can continue on their own. Thus sustainability is achieved.
Innovation and Challenge
Improving livelihoods requires creative and innovative solutions. When a human stands against a bigger challenge, greater innovation is required. The physical and mental challenge of adventure is what Inspired Challenges are all about.
Matt Fenton, CEO
Matt has helped build several successful social enterprises and travel companies. He believes that travel can be a key driver of social and environmental change, and specialises in helping people step out of their comfort zone. He has led several large travel businesses specialising in events, ski, volunteer travel, experience travel, and sports tours. He has jumped off of the Semuc Champey waterfalls. Twice.
Afzaal Mauthoor, Director
Afzaal believes profit and charity do not have to be mutually exclusive; that social and environmental responsibility can be built into the very fabric of business strategies. He founded the Institute of Research in Primate Tourism to help guide tourists to make ethically well-informed choices, and The Philanthropy Club in London to support its members’ giving in a way that is strategic, effective, and sustainable.
Keith Perry, Director
Keith joined the board of Inspired Ventures to add vision, wisdom and creativity to our branding and offers. With over 30 years experience in the design business, he has worked on such prestigious clients as BT, Ford, Heathrow Airport, Green Flag, SAP, AstraZeneca, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft and Lloyd’s of London. He founded No-Nonsense Design over 10 years ago to offer pragmatic, fit-for-purpose design solutions whilst still maintaining a strong element of creative flair.
Anna Pollock, Strategic Advisor
Anna has enjoyed a rich and long career as a consultant strategist to the international tourism industry and, having founded Conscious Travel, is now a sought-after international speaker and change agent. She is passionate about the need for tourism to realize its full potential as a force for good, and remains convinced that change can and will occur one community at a time.
Lesley Pimm – Strategic Advisor
Lesley has extensive experience of working in the philanthropic, wealth advisory, and charity sectors. Specialising in the creation and management of foundations, she works with individuals, social enterprises, and corporations to establish dynamic giving models. Lesley believes everyone can become an agent for change and that, by simply working together, we can overcome all of the challenges facing the world today.
Debbie Robinson - Operations Manager
Debbie started working in the travel industry in the early nineties, specialising in organising travel for expeditions and trips which are off the beaten track. She’s had a passion for seeing the world in all its beauty ever since. Joining Inspired Escapes in early 2016, Debbie is delighted to be part of a wonderful team making an important contribution to the world.
Michael Wass, Communications
Michael leads the process of shaping and articulating the team's message. A skilled designer and communicator, he has New York Times-accredited mobile apps and architectural dissertations to his name, as well as a passionate love for the environment. He also rides bicycles.
Jennifer Viloria, Chairwoman
Jennifer is an impact investor. Raised in the Philippines, educated in London, Jennifer collaborates with global, national and local NGOs, government bodies, investors, and large companies to effect positive change. A member of several global social impact platforms, she is a passionate advocate of sustainable livelihood projects as a means to alleviate poverty, and invests in companies that help to improve the lives of people in rural commutes. Her personal goal is to help bridge the gap between wealthy urbanites and the poor in rural areas.