About Us
Inspire 2 Ignite was founded on the belief that every young person holds the potential to shape a successful and fulfilling future for themselves.

Our Mission

Our mission is to dramatically reduce the number of young people who are not in education, employment, or training. We develop and deliver targeted programmes and experiences that engage and empower these individuals, providing them with meaningful opportunities and support.

Our Vision

We aspire to be a catalyst for change, transforming the trajectory of young lives and steering them towards success and readiness for life’s challenges. Our vision is a community where every young person accesses the tools they need to construct a successful and fulfilling future.

Our Impact

To date, we have engaged over 7,500 young people, with remarkable stories of transformation and success. From our Curious Clubhouse to our ‘Curious About Industry’ experiences, we continue to make a significant difference.

Meet Our Team

SAM SQUIRE

CEO

Formerly aspiring to be a professional footballer, Sam’s career took an unexpected turn when, at 19 years old, he did not receive a contract renewal from Cambridge United. Finding himself NEET after 11 years of dedicating his life to sport, Sam began working with the Cambridge United Community Trust as the Youth Development Officer, where he developed and delivered various programmes to support youth in the most deprived areas of Cambridge. In the last 5 years, he has engaged with 10,000+ young people aged 6-24 in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Milton Keynes. Today, at just 23 years old, Sam uses his personal experience and professional coaching skills to drive significant change and provide strategic direction for our initiatives as our CEO.

ALEX HUGHES

Founder

Becoming a father at the tender age of 14, Alex was often told he wouldn’t amount to much. This early introduction to responsibility planted the seeds for his deep-rooted commitment to social change and youth empowerment. Under his leadership Inspire 2 Ignite has become a beacon of positive transformation, providing a nurturing environment where young people can learn, innovate, and thrive. Alex’s visionary leadership has not only transformed countless lives but also revitalised community interactions, thereby making a lasting impact on the area’s socio-economic landscape. Through his work, Alex continues to demonstrate that with the right guidance and opportunities, every young person can overcome their challenges and contribute positively to society.

CHRISTINE GRIFFEY

Director

Known for her precision and passion, Christine has a rich history as the CEO of various businesses, navigating through diverse challenges and celebrating numerous achievements. Her passion for supporting young people stems from her own early struggles to find direction and purpose. With extensive experience steering companies through various growth phases, Christine possesses profound skills in resilience, strategic planning, and organisational development. At Inspire 2 Ignite CIC, she leverages this expertise to drive significant socio-economic impact. Committed to the power of collaboration, Christine is dedicated to transforming potential into tangible progress for the next generation.

ALEX RICHARDS

Community Manager

At just 23 years old, Alex has already demonstrated the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that Inspire 2 Ignite seeks to foster among its participants. Starting straight out of A-levels, Alex launched a successful bagel business from his parents’ kitchen, which quickly became a popular fixture at the Cambridge Market. Now as Community Manager, Alex leverages his business acumen to organise and manage community events that foster creativity and entrepreneurial thinking among youth. His dedication to nurturing young talent and empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs is a cornerstone of his role, making him a vital part of the team.
Meet Our Team

SAM SQUIRE

CEO

Formerly aspiring to be a professional footballer, Sam’s career took an unexpected turn when, at 19 years old, he did not receive a contract renewal from Cambridge United. Finding himself NEET after 11 years of dedicating his life to sport, Sam began working with the Cambridge United Community Trust as the Youth Development Officer, where he developed and delivered various programmes to support youth in the most deprived areas of Cambridge. In the last 5 years, he has engaged with 10,000+ young people aged 6-24 in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Milton Keynes. Today, at just 23 years old, Sam uses his personal experience and professional coaching skills to drive significant change and provide strategic direction for our initiatives as our CEO.

ALEX HUGHES

Founder

Becoming a father at the tender age of 14, Alex was often told he wouldn’t amount to much. This early introduction to responsibility planted the seeds for his deep-rooted commitment to social change and youth empowerment. Under his leadership Inspire 2 Ignite has become a beacon of positive transformation, providing a nurturing environment where young people can learn, innovate, and thrive. Alex’s visionary leadership has not only transformed countless lives but also revitalised community interactions, thereby making a lasting impact on the area’s socio-economic landscape. Through his work, Alex continues to demonstrate that with the right guidance and opportunities, every young person can overcome their challenges and contribute positively to society.

CHRISTINE GRIFFEY

Director

Known for her precision and passion, Christine has a rich history as the CEO of various businesses, navigating through diverse challenges and celebrating numerous achievements. Her passion for supporting young people stems from her own early struggles to find direction and purpose. With extensive experience steering companies through various growth phases, Christine possesses profound skills in resilience, strategic planning, and organisational development. At Inspire 2 Ignite CIC, she leverages this expertise to drive significant socio-economic impact. Committed to the power of collaboration, Christine is dedicated to transforming potential into tangible progress for the next generation.

ALEX RICHARDS

Community Manager

At just 23 years old, Alex has already demonstrated the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that Inspire 2 Ignite seeks to foster among its participants. Starting straight out of A-levels, Alex launched a successful bagel business from his parents’ kitchen, which quickly became a popular fixture at the Cambridge Market. Now as Community Manager, Alex leverages his business acumen to organise and manage community events that foster creativity and entrepreneurial thinking among youth. His dedication to nurturing young talent and empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs is a cornerstone of his role, making him a vital part of the team.

Alex Richards

Community Manager

Our Board Of Advisors
Supported by a distinguished board, Inspire 2 Ignite benefits from a breadth of knowledge and industry expertise.
Our Champions
Behind every success story at Inspire 2 Ignite are our Champions – dedicated individuals who go above and beyond to advocate for and support our youth. Each Champion brings unique expertise and an unwavering commitment to transforming lives.

Sam Squire, CEO

Formerly aspiring to be a professional footballer, Sam’s career took an unexpected turn when, at 19 years old, he did not receive a contract renewal from Cambridge United. Finding himself NEET after 11 years of dedicating his life to sport, Sam began working with the Cambridge United Community Trust as the Youth Development Officer, where he developed and delivered various programmes to support youth in the most deprived areas of Cambridge. In the last 5 years, he has engaged with 10,000+ young people aged 6-24 in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Milton Keynes. Today, at just 23 years old, Sam uses his personal experience and professional coaching skills to drive significant change and provide strategic direction for our initiatives as our CEO.

Alex Hughes, Founder

Becoming a father at the tender age of 14, Alex was often told he wouldn’t amount to much. This early introduction to responsibility planted the seeds for his deep-rooted commitment to social change and youth empowerment. Under his leadership Inspire 2 Ignite has become a beacon of positive transformation, providing a nurturing environment where young people can learn, innovate, and thrive. Alex’s visionary leadership has not only transformed countless lives but also revitalised community interactions, thereby making a lasting impact on the area’s socio-economic landscape. Through his work, Alex continues to demonstrate that with the right guidance and opportunities, every young person can overcome their challenges and contribute positively to society.

Christine Griffey, Director

Known for her precision and passion, Christine has a rich history as the CEO of various businesses, navigating through diverse challenges and celebrating numerous achievements. Her passion for supporting young people stems from her own early struggles to find direction and purpose. With extensive experience steering companies through various growth phases, Christine possesses profound skills in resilience, strategic planning, and organisational development. At Inspire 2 Ignite CIC, she leverages this expertise to drive significant socio-economic impact. Committed to the power of collaboration, Christine is dedicated to transforming potential into tangible progress for the next generation.

Christine Griffey, Director

Known for her precision and passion, Christine has a rich history as the CEO of various businesses, navigating through diverse challenges and celebrating numerous achievements. Her passion for supporting young people stems from her own early struggles to find direction and purpose. With extensive experience steering companies through various growth phases, Christine possesses profound skills in resilience, strategic planning, and organisational development. At Inspire 2 Ignite CIC, she leverages this expertise to drive significant socio-economic impact. Committed to the power of collaboration, Christine is dedicated to transforming potential into tangible progress for the next generation.

Alex Richards, Community Manager

At just 23 years old, Alex has already demonstrated the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that Inspire 2 Ignite seeks to foster among its participants. Starting straight out of A-levels, Alex launched a successful bagel business from his parents’ kitchen, which quickly became a popular fixture at the Cambridge Market. Now as Community Manager, Alex leverages his business acumen to organise and manage community events that foster creativity and entrepreneurial thinking among youth. His dedication to nurturing young talent and empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs is a cornerstone of his role, making him a vital part of the team.