Meet the team


Mark Cowling - Founder

Mark is a Church of England vicar who has been working across Bolton since 2010 and is now currently based in Farnworth. He is the founder of Third Space Bolton, a regular contributor on Bolton FM's Thought for the Day and is author of the Ticking Box, a children's novel. Prior to being a Church minister, he worked in the medical industry based in the UK, Australia and Ireland. He is married to Rachel and they have three young children.

More from our founder here.

Chris Elsdon - Schools Work Director

Chris joined tohe team in September 2017 and heads up our Schools work across Bolton. He lives close by (in Manchester) with his wife and 2 children and in his spare time enjoys cycling, coffee , meeting with and making new friends.

Chris has worked for councils, trusts, charities (including YWAM and YFC) and other organisations all across the world and been involved in youth and community work for over 20 years.


Julie Regan - Cafe Manager

Julie is our Cafe Manager and combines her love of people and food mixed in with her incredible experience in retail, catering and being a foster-carer. 

Lily Jo - LilyJo Project

LJ set up the Lily-Jo Project helping young people with mental health.  We are delighted to partner with her to deliver sessions in schools in Bolton.  


Guy Hampson - Life Coach

Guy is a true legend!  A leader of men, he excels in coaching on and off the pitch and has a great impact as a role model.

Team associates

Third Space may be a small charity but it has a big reach.  We are able to bring together highly skilled youth workers and experts in wellbeing from across Bolton and Greater Manchester to deliver sessions in schools and at our cafe.


"The greatest asset of a company is it's people."