Annette Goldband has been involved in youth and community work since 1973, initially as a part-time worker or volunteer and, since 1977, in a variety of full time posts. She is currently involved in the training and development of part-time and full-time workers in Merton. She was introduced to new paradigm methodology through an opportunity to undertake an MA, and says she has not looked back since! She is currently employed as an Associate Tutor for Brunel University working with her original collaborators and new ones in other services, to design and provide an Accessible Route to Qualification.

Elizabeth Whitmore is known among her friends and colleagues as Bessa. She received her Masters in Social Work at Boston University and worked in the inner city during the 1960s and early 1970s. She moved to Nova Scotia in 1973 and taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax for 18 years. Bessa did doctoral work at Cornell University and it was there she developed her interest in participatory action research and evaluation. Since 1991 she has been a faculty member at Carleton University School of Social Work, Ottawa, Ontario.

Hilary Traylen is now Nurse Executive Director on the Canterbury and Thanet Community Health Care Trust Board. She completed her MPhil at the School of Management, University of Bath.

John Cosier is an independent management consultant and trainer, specializing in the area of Total Quality Management. He is a skilled group facilitator, with extensive experience in consultancy in organizational change and improvement, and the design and delivery of supportive training at all levels. Although most of his career has been spent in industry, he is increasingly finding application for his skills in the public sector, notably health, education and local government

Lesley Treleaven currently works as a Staff Development manager at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury and is completing her PhD at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean, Australia. Her main interest is finding ways to create cultural change within organisations so that they can become diverse, inclusive places where people can both work and learn. Lesley was previously on the academic staff of the Social Ecology Centre at the University. She has worked for many years in adult education, particularly in transition programs based on participatory planning processes, and on Macquarie University's inaugural Equal Employment Project.

Lyn Rackham is married with three children and has been involved in youth work for fourteen years, organizing mother and toddler groups and playschemes on a voluntary basis for the local community. She joined Merton Youth Service in 1989 and qualified as a part-time youth worker in 1990, hoping eventually to do a full-time youth workers course but found that this was only possible if she gave up both day time employment and youth work in the evenings. As this would have put a sever financial strain on my family she was delighted when Annette invited her to join a group that would design a new route to qualification for part-time youth worked that would not involve giving up other employment.

Moira De Venney Tiernan left school with no exam results, worked in the travel industry and became a mother at the age of 18. As her son grew she became involved with playwork, sparking an interest in youthwork. In March 1989 she joined Merton Youth Service undertaking the Induction and BBTS course which led her to becoming a Qualified Part-time Youth worked in October 1990. She is still working for Merton as a Youth Worker-in-Charge of two projects and is interested in becoming a Full-Time Youth Worker—hence the need to research into Accessible Routes to Qualification. She is now involved with Brunel University in setting up such a Scheme.

Nancy Rielly has been involved in youth work over the past three years now. She is a qualified part-time youth worker having gained the Brunel Basic Training Scheme in Youth Work and Community Studies in 1990. She works in a voluntary club with 12-18 year olds. She became involved in the research because of her interest in furthering her career in Youth work. She has enjoyed the challenge of being in the group and looks forward to taking up the opportunity of studying for full-time qualification in Youth and Community Studies through ARQ. She is also in full time employment as a Recreation Officer at a Leisure Centre.

Peter Reason is Director of the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice at the University of Bath

Sara Glennie is an independent social work trainer and consultant whose interests lie in interdisciplinary studies. She is a Visiting Lecturer in The School of Social Studies, University of Nottingham and an active member of its Professional Development Group. Sara's doctoral thesis explores the impact of multi-disciplinary training on individual and organizational change