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Gary Pate



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Gary Pate. JNC. YCW.

Gary Pate is a longstanding Youth and Community Worker, who has many years’ experience working with hard to reach young people and disadvantaged client groups.  For much of his career, he has worked in the public sector as a Senior Manager in Youth and Community service provision.  However, he understands that the greatest rewards are achieved when working directly with service-users.  His passion and flair for the urban arts also makes him the creative brains of the UTHINK operation. A graffiti artist, photographer, body painter and light painter, he is well suited to heading up UTHINK’s urban arts and creative projects on the ground.




Paul O’Rourke

Further to creating Uthink People Developing People nearly 3 years ago now with his longstanding friend and colleague Gary Pate, the organisation and our programmes have gone nationwide with huge success.  Paul who began in Youth and community Work, Social Work and Teaching Outdoor Education.   Paul would now shout loudly he is more of a Social Entrepreneur recognising the current needs of people and their communities, identifying the gaps in services from Local Government to deliver a more responsive and reactive service which is efficient and effective.
Paul having stepped away from work in the Social Sector many years back to focus on the Law and working in the Legal Industry, particularly in Employment and Contract Law has since gone on to establish over 14 Companies, most of which are for the benefit of our communities, especially those who are more vulnerable.
Paul is looking forward to the future and what he Gary and Mari can do with Uthink in the next 5 years.








Mari Ryan

Mari originally started her career as an artist studying a Fine Art degree at Cumbria Institute of the Arts. A few years later she qualified from UCLAN as an Art and Design teacher, and spent 3 years teaching at various schools for young people with emotional behavioral difficulties and special educational needs.

Since then Mari has been working within the Youth Charity sector, with 7 years experience of working within supported housing, drug and alcohol treatment and Youth and Community arts.

Her biggest project to date has been Larks in the Park, a Youth led, Young Peoples music and arts festival. 2015 is in its 5th year and has been boasted as Lancashire’s largest youth led event.







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