Leadership Team

Grahame Paterson


Grahame Paterson is CEO,and provides a deep-rooted expertise in third sector management. A graduate of Edinburgh Napier University, Grahame has established a number of award-winning social enterprises including Columba 1400 and Football Aid. He is an advisor on CSR and Community Investment strategies, a Guest Lecturer at Robert Gordon University and Speaker on social enterprise leadership with the Social Enterprise Academy. Grahame was elected a Free Burgess of Guild of the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen in 2015, and is pleased to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sam Begg

Fundraising Manager

Sam has been with the Transition Extreme team for18 months, but has worked locally in the third sector for the past ten years since graduating from RGU with an honors degree in Corporate Communications. Sam is passionate about Aberdeen and what it has to offer. Sam loves sports and is found either weight lifting at her local gym, snowboarding or running in and around the city. As well as being passionate about sport, she loves travelling and music.

Mike Hume

Skatepark Manager

Mike started skating at the age of 12 after being inspired by a guy that used to skate past him on the way to school - none other than the now legendary John Rattray. Working in Stoneywood skatepark as a teenager solidified the value of indoor skateparks for Mike but this was just one stepping stone to what Aberdeen needed - a permanent indoor skatepark in Aberdeen. In 2003 the idea of this seemed more realistic when Neil Stevenson joined up with a group of passionate skateboarders and bmxers and then led the project to realise his vision of Transition Extreme. Four years on in 2007 Transition Extreme opened its doors and Mike started his role as skatepark supervisor. Now, 10 years on, having taught ten's of thousands of lessons himself, Mike's proudest of developing and managing a team of extraordinary coaches who continue to deliver coaching to make skatepark sports accessible to anyone. In his spare time, Mike spends it Mountain biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, cooking, being at home with his dog and girlfriend. And watching YouTube alien conspiracies.

Matt Berry

Climbing Wall Manager

Matt is the other half of the climbing wall management team and has been at TX for almost 3 years. He is a graduate of Glasgow University with an honours degree in Outdoor Pursuits Management. His favourite thing to do at work is to coach and plan events for the TX Youth Squad and hone his coaching skills. His favourite jokes are worthy of Christmas crackers.

Jenna Simpson

Front of House Manager

Jenna joined Transition Extreme’s reception team in July 2007 whilst still at secondary school and progressed over the years to Front of House Manager. With a passion for customer care and an eye for detail she has had the exciting responsibility of leading on events and bookings including Transition’s first wedding ceremony in the climbing wall! Jenna is also a mum to a fantastic son, a big music fan and a keen cook. In that order.

Linzi Harrow

Projects Coordinator

‘Aspire to inspire before we expire’. Linzi Harrow, project coordinator at Transition Extreme for 3 years. Studied Sports Psychology at Edinburgh Napier University which ignited her passion in aiding young people to your reach their full potential. As projects coordinator, Linzi enjoys the variety her role brings whether it be engaging with young people, developing and motivating them to learn new skills, help build their confidence and direct them towards positive transitions. In her spare time you will find her exploring Aberdeen city and Shire on her bike, hiking and snowboarding when the weather allows it.

Katie McGunnigle

Youth Worker

``Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.`` - Vincent Van Gogh. Katie has worked with Transition Extreme for just over 11/2 years, she joined the organisation at a volunteer and an Ad-Hoc youth worker supporting our various programmes during her studies at North East Scotland College. On completion of her HNC Early Education & Children/Young People Development she joined the Youth Work team full time in September 2017. Katie role is varied, she works with both individuals and groups of young people to offer practical and emotional support, while helping them to develop skills which will bring positive changes to their lives. When Katie isn’t in the centre she can be found reading comics, listening to music, socialising with friends or skateboarding.