Meet the Team

Mike Becky and Luke

Mike Burgess

Project Manager.  Mike has been a qualified worker since 1989 and has been immersed in direct face-to-face work since 1989 and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge needed to manage the work in the area.  He has skills in working with marginalised young people, working with men and creatively developing young person led projects. He has had numerous articles published about his work and is the author of “Don’t shoot me I am a detached youth worker”. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for his services to young people. Outside of work Mike is a passionate kayaker and when not spending time with his family, he can be found with a paddle in hand navigating the rivers and sea of North East England.

Becky Rowe

Senior Detached Youth Worker.  Becky has been a qualified worker since 1998 and since then been involved with several detached youth projects and has worked at PDYP since 2008.  Her specific interests are young people’s sexual and mental health, working with young parents and young women. Outside of work Becky loves wild swimming in the lakes around the region. Her other passion is being outside; walking, camping and exploring with her family.

Luke Johnston

Detached Youth Worker.  Luke started working for the PDYP in 2012 after spending several years training and working for a detached project in Seaham. Through distance learning, Luke gained his BAHons in youth work in 2018. His main areas of interest are detached work and developing street spaces, working with young men’s issues, and education around social media safety. Other than youth work, Luke is  passionate about nature. He spends as much of his free time as possible exploring new places.