The BYC Board

 

Chair

  Jon-Rhys Foster

Vice Chair (Campaigns & Communications)

  Ife Grillo

Vice Chair (Finance)

  Luke Thornton

Vice Chair (Participation & Development)

  Anna Rose Barker

Trustee

  Poppie Simmonds

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  Sam Foulder Hughes

Trustee

  Chante Joseph

Trustee

  Robert Cashman

Trustee

  Mariam Inayat Waseem

Trustee

  Michael Olatokun

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  Ebbi Rose Ferguson

Trustee

  David Crone

Chair

Jon-Rhys Foster

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Jon, aged 20, is currently living in London, and  from Cheshire in the North West. Jon is a graduate from the LSE in Government and History and is now working for for the LSE Students Union in a one year sabbatical position as the new Education Officer. Between 2008 and 2012 Jon was Chair of Congleton Youth Council, a British Youth Council member. Since 2013, he has been British Youth Council trustee and was elected Chair in Sepetember 2015.

 

 

Vice Chair, Finance

Luke Thornton

Luke Thornton

Luke, is a 22 year old student studying Engineering with business at The University of Warwick having completed a year long placement as an auditor in Aberdeen with a global accountancy firm. Luke is a proud member of The Scout Association and has previously led their delegation to the British Youth Council. Luke has previously been a trustee with Cheshire Scouts and led on their youth participation strategy. Luke has also spent the summer of 2013 researching participation and involvement in Uganda.

 

 

 

 

Vice Chair, Participation and Development

Anna Rose Barker

DSC_0206Anna is a young, enthusiastic and thoughtful person determined to make an impact on society through the positive engagement of young people and leadership opportunities. Anna has previously been a Member of UK Youth Parliament, Chair of Dorset Youth Council, Leader of AIESEC (the largest youth-led organisation in the world), volunteer mentor for disadvantaged boys in Hackney and currently works in the National Programmes team of The Prince's Trust helping disadvantaged young people back into education, training or volunteering. 

 

Vice Chair, Campaigns and Communications

Ife Grillo

DSC_0607Ife got elected to the board as Vice Chair Campaigns and Communications in Septepmber 2014 and relelected in 2015, though he's been involved with BYC for a lot longer. In July 2014 he started an organisation called Complaint2Campaign which aims to teach young people about how they can take things that irritate them and turn them into sucessful campaigns. Debating forms a massive part of his life and he currently mentors for Debate Mate at a primary school. He served as vice-chair and chair of Hackney Youth Parliament before getting elected to be the MYP for Hackney in April 2013. He represented London as it's Debate Lead in the UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Sitting in 2014. Ife has been heavily involved in the Votes at 16 campaign both as a campaigner and organiser and is a strong supporter of the Vote Without Limits Campaign which looks into the restrictions there are for blind people who want to vote. He spends alot of his time campaigning with different organisations such as: Plan UK, Everyday Sexism, NAT, Oxfam, Unicef, Young Hackney and the NHS. His favourite quote is "'The Philosophy of the School Room in one generation will be the Philosophy of Government in the next

Trustees

Ebbi Rose Ferguson

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Ebbi is 20 years old. She is the Deputy President of the National Union of Student in Wales and has been since July 2014. Her portfolio covers everything from youth engagement, transport provision, prisoner education and green impact to education policy, supporting the National Society of Apprentices and developing strong students unions in colleges throughout Wales. Previously she was the first female president of Coleg Sir Gar Students Union where she was a student ambassador and sat as a director on the college board. She is currently very focused on addressing the lack of a national youth assembly in Wales and ensuring students voices are being heard in the Welsh Assembly Elections in May 2016. Ebbi was elected onto the board of trustees in September 2015. 

  

David Crone

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David, aged 19, is from Sunderland - known mostly for its struggling premiership football team. David is currently studying History and Politics at Oxford University. He first got involved with youth advocacy eight years ago, and has been working for social justice and championing children's rights since. David tends to focus on gender equality, health, education and citizenship and international development. When not campaigning or learning, I'm often found eating (literally anything), talking (lots) and laughing (loudly).

 

Chante Joseph

DSC_0201Chanté is passionate about Youth Social Action and the British Youth Council. Chanté  has recently finished her gap year on an internship with the Bank of England and is now studying at the University of Bristol.  Before becoming a trustee Chante was on the first Youth Select Committee and was an MYP for two years. She works with Step up to Serve as an ambassador and a member of their communications team. In addition to this, she works with a range of organisations including the British Youth Council as a volunteer campaigner and Vice Chair of participation and development. She is a member of the Vinspired's  Team V as a young leader and One Big Community as Volunteer. In her spare time she acts as the chair of trustees for a small organisation called 'The Angels Initiative' and charities such as Mentor UK and Alcohol Concern on their youth boards. Prior to this she was the Member of Youth Parliament for Brent representing the area in the annual House of Commons debate for two consecutive years and once as a debate lead. Chanté was first elected to the board on September 2014 and then relected in September 2015. 

Michael Olatokun

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Michael Abiodun Olatokun is the Campaigns Manager of Bite The Ballot, a democracy movement aiming to empower marginalised communities to take an active role in decision making. He is a former Students' Union Officer of the University of Nottingham, where he led a campaign to register over 10,000 students to vote. Aside from his BYC responsibilities, he is also a trustee of the Diana Award and the University of Westminster Students' Union.

  

 

 

Robert Cashman

DSC_0980Robert Cashman is 21 years old and originally from Chelmsford in Essex. He has just finished studying a degree, and is now serving for a year as the elected Education Officer of Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU). Rob has been a member of the Scout Association, one of the British Youth Council's national member organisations, for over ten years. He is now an adult leader and am also a member of a national working group looking at our community impact strategy. Rob was appointed as part of the Association's BYC delegation in November 2014, and will be one of its voting representatives at the Annual Council Meeting in September 2015.

 

 

Mariam Inayat Waseem

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Mariam has been involved in Youth Voice since 2011. She volunteers for four youth-led organisations on local, regional and national levels (Oldham Youth Council, Dovestones Youth Rangers, Youthforia North West and BYC), is a former member of UKYP for Oldham, and was UKYP North West regional secretary for 2013-14. She represented Youthforia North West at the Europe Festi-Forum about Youth Democracy in France in 2013, was selected to represent BYC at the European Youth Event in Strasbourg May 2014, and will return to Strasbourg to attend the World Forum for Democracy in November 2014. She is passionate about youth democracy and is currently running the League of Young Voters campaign in Oldham and Rochdale. Mariam has also done a lot of work regionally to combat youth unemployment, including being a part of the International Youth Job Creation summit in September 2013. She is 19 years old and currently studying Environmental Sciences at the University of Leeds.

 

Sam Foulder Hughes

IMG_3236Sam has been involved in his local youth council since the end of 2010 and became a Member of Youth Parliament for Somerset in 2011. He has campaigned in Somerset on transport to college and against youth service cuts and was UKYP South West's Procedures Group representative in 2013. Outside of Youth Voice, Sam is a Law with German Law student at Birmingham University and was shortlisted for the New Statesman Webb Memorial essay prize last year. 

 

 

Poppie Simmonds

DSC_0208Poppie was elected to the board in September 2014. Having joined her local youth council when she was 12 years old, she has been involved in Youth Voice for over seven years. She was the Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Leicestershire from 2010 to 2012, and the UKYP Procedures Group representative for the East Midlands in 2013/14. During her time in Youth Voice, she was given the 'Outstanding Young Person of the Year' award from Blaby District Council in 2013, was a Debate Lead at the UKYP House of Commons sitting in 2011, and has been on a visit to Libya to aid in the creation of a new youth initiative. Outside of Youth Voice, she has a strong interest in technology and is currently a second year Computer Science student at the University of Birmingham.

 

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