The Apex Team

Staging events as big as the Apex Challenge was a big task with locations to visit, activities to plan and volunteers to coordinate. Each event relied on the support of more than 100 people but at the event’s core were three Scout leaders.

Matt, David and James formed a Scout Active Support Unit to organise the Apex Challenge. They were also trustees of the Apex Challenge charity which followed the Scout Association’s rules and guidelines.


Matt Richards

Matt managed the Apex Challenge Scout Active Support unit and holds several outdoor instruction qualifications as well as being a full member of the Mountain Leader Training Association. He enjoys walking and climbing and works as a TV producer in Yorkshire.


David Pape

Dave was the team’s technical expert. It’s his job to write the software that adds up all the scores, put them on the screens at the right time and play the matching sounds. Like Matt, he was a Scout while growing up in Sheffield. These days he works as a software engineer in Leeds.


James Webster

James looked after the website and designs all the graphics seen online and at the event as well as any printed documents that teams received. He had never been involved in Scouting before Apex and now wishes he had joined as a child. He works as a TV news presenter and reporter.

The rest of the Apex Team

Matt, Dave and James might have worked on the Apex Challenge all year, but when it came to the event itself there were far more people working to make the weekend possible.

There was a large technical team who rigged the lighting and sound system in our event centre. An even larger team ran the Apex Cafe to make sure there was plenty to eat and drink. There were countless more people planning and running the many activities that made the Apex Challenge so unique. And then there were the photographers, the first aid team, the communications team and all the other people doing all the other behind-the-scenes jobs that needed to happen.

A massive thank you to everyone who made the Apex Challenge possible:

Ben Abell, Lloyd Acornley, Aaron Adams, Scott Adgar, Joanne Alflat, Alex Atkin, Fiona Atkin, Matt Atkinson, Sheenagh Austin, Ashley Baker, Debbie Baker, Matthew Barnes, Rob Batley, Martin Bennett, Phil Bennett, Sam Bennett, Neil Benson, Andrew Billington, Ian Bradshaw, Sean Brady, Michelle Bragg, Ian Brannan, Rachel Breeden, Abby Brown, Graham Brown, James Brown, Kevin Bumby, Darren Burgess, Lawrence Butcher, Stewart Butler, Jake Carpenter, Tony Casson, Faye Catton-Norton, Charles Cave, Sarah Cave, Julia Charlesworth, Joe Christian, James Clarke, Brad Cole, Tom Conroy, Ian Cook, David Cooper, Harry Curtis, Jake D’Souza Kelly, Alex Detalia Riley, James Dobson, James Downs, Matt Downs, Rachel Edwards, Alex Ellis, Sam Farnsworth, Mike Fawcett, Joseph Flint, Rosie Flint, Paul Fox, Richard Galliford, James Garrett, Richard Garrett, Fran Glew, James Godfrey, Rob Godfrey, Kerrie Gosney, Tim Hague, Tom Hague, Steve Hall, Elinor Hamilton, Tom Hamilton, Sarah Harris, Simon Harrison, Guy Harrison, Tom Harrison, Graham Harrop, Sarah Henell, Irene Hewitt, Ian Hill, Lucy Hobbs, Richard Hollingworth, Gaz Hopkins, Janet Horner, Alex Hummel, Josh Hunsley, Hannah Hurt, David Ingledew, Adam Jacklin, Andy Jackson, Barrie Jenkinson, Marcus Jenkinson, Karl Jones, John Kessel, Sarah Kessel, George King, Alison Lamb, Dale Lawrence, Sue Lawrence, Danny Levick, Kristian Lucas, Jack Machan, Daniel Maude, Neil McKay, Andrew Melleney, Jack Mellors, Adam Mitchell, Jon Mitchell, Derek Mollan, Andy Moore, Lynn Moore, Dave Mott, David Needham, Charlie Newton, Phillip Norton, Andy Pagett, David Pape, Joanna Parker, Gordon Parkinson, John Parkinson, Marion Parkinson, Simon Peers, Andrew Phipps, Becca Phipps, Nicky Phipps, Thomas Phipps, Amy Piggott, David Platts, Jeanette Plumb, Andrew Plummer, Lee Plummer, Lynne Plummer, Sara Plummer, Claire Probert, James Purdy, John Putland, Joanne Rayner, Hayley Richardson, Tony Richardson, Matt Richards, Nigel Redfern, Brian Robinson, Danny Rogers, Bev Rothery, Mark Rothery, Dave Scott, Amy Sears, Mike Sharp, Dom Sharpe, Tim Shiles, Lewis Simpson, John Smallwood, Tom Smith, Mike Snaith, Chris Spencer, Jonathan Spencer, Mike Squires, Ben Stevenson, Jason Stubbs, Molly Stubbs, Ian Thompson, David Thorp, Daniel Tinker, Phil Todd, Haley Toseland, David Towner, James Tucker, Sam Turnbull, Julia Voyse, David Ward, Matt Ward, Tom Ward, Edward Watchorn, James Webster, Jim Wild, Susan Wragg.

20 years of creating unforgettable weekends of Scouting adventures.

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Apex Challenge organised events for the Scout Association between 2002 and 2022, following its rules and guidelines and was a registered charity.