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Chief Executive

James Cathcart - Chief Executive Officer

James.JPGJames joined BYC as CEO in Jan 2008 having worked ten years at The Prince's Trust HQ. He's done lots of different jobs with young people, as a Probation Officer, a social worker, a youth worker and a mentor- but started it all as a community volunteer, building an adventure playground!

"As Chief Exec I'm proud to serve our young Board of Trustees, to put into practice the vision and mission of the largest youth governed charity in the UK."

Programmes Department

Zoë Cumberland - Youth Voice Manager (National Delivery)

020 7250 8373

Zoe Cumberland - WebuseZoë first joined BYC in 2008 as a full time volunteer. Since then she has held a number of roles within the Programmes and Policy department, and is currently responsible for managing BYC's national events including the UKYP Annual Sitting and House of Commons Sitting. She also oversees BYC's membership and training services. Zoë graduated with an MA in Criminology from the University of Kent in 2012, and is currently studying part time for a Diploma in Event Management.

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Declan Sharkey - Programmes Support Officer

020 7250 8380 

Declan Starkey

Declan joined BYC in January 2016 as Programmes Support Officer. He works on organising events and supporting our members. Declan studied at Newcastle University and has a BSc in Geography and Mathematics and an MA in International Political Economy. He has previously worked with young people both nationally and internationally.   




Georgia Tate - Programmes Support Officer

020 7250 8374 

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Georgia started at BYC as a volunteer in 2014, and joined the staff as in the run up to the general election working on policy and campaigns. Georgia currently works on organising events and supporting members as well as assisting the programmes team. Georgia studied at the University of Manchester and finished her MA in English Literature in 2014. Her interests include reading, politics and travel.

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Brendan McGowan - Youth Voice Manager (Regions/ Nations)

07852 190880


Anna Sterckx - National Projects Coordinator and Youth Democracy Coordinator, East & West Midlands

07956 681150

Anna Sterckx - Webuse2Anna joined BYC in April 2011 after having worked with the UK Youth Parliament since 2003, prior to which she helped establish a Youth Communications project in Worcestershire involving a radio station, web portal and free-phone helpline. Anna has also worked in youth centres on targeted projects for young people with learning and behavioural needs; ran drama and positive press groups, and established the Worcestershire Youth Cabinet to amplify young people's voices across the county. She is a JNC qualified youth worker with a BA Hons degree in Literature, Life and Thought. 

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Doug Hallam - Youth Democracy Coordinator, North East of England

07908 276116

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Sharon Adams - Youth Democracy Coordinator, South West

07809 507 359


Siwan Davies - International Participation and Campaigns Officer

020 7250 8301 

Policy, Campaigns & Communications Department

Rhammel Afflick - Communications & Media Officer

020 7250 8376 

Rhammel Afflick - WebuseRhammel has been working for BYC since 2011 as a consultant and later joined the team full time in February 2015. Before joining BYC Rhammel ran his own creative agency and worked for Cambridge House a Campaigns & Strategy Manager. He is now responsible for the planning, production and curation of digital and social content, develops our marketing material and coordinates our daily media enquiries. 

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Scott Ideson - Communications Assistant

020 7250 8369 

Scott Ideson - WebuseScott previously volunteered in our North East office helping to run Conventions and other events, before coming to work as Communications Assistant in our head office. Scott is currently studying a BSc in Children's Nursing, and is Nursing Students Officer at London South Bank Students' Union. He is a qualified youth worker, and holds various roles within The Scout Association both locally and nationally. 

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Amy Sandys - Communications Assistant

020 7250 8369 

Amy Sandys

Amy joined BYC in October 2015, having recently completed an Urban Studies MSc at UCL and a Geography BA in Southampton. She was the deputy editor for the University of Southampton's student newspaper and has experience in writing, editing and publishing for both charitable and commercial environments. Amy currently helps manage the social media, news writing and events channels for the NHS Youth Forum wing of BYC, and her main interests include tea, politics and Glastonbury Festival.


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Jack Swan - Assistant Communications Officer

020 7250 8369 

Jack SwanJack has been volunteering with BYC since March 2013 as a member of the UK Youth Parliament. As assistant communications officer he helps manage social media, draft press releases and update the organisation's press databases. In summer 2015 he worked with the National Citizen Service as a Youth Support Worker and in his spare time supports his local Youth Council.




Francesca Danmole - Senior Policy, Campaigns and Training Officer

020 7250 8377 

Francesca Danmole - Webuse 002Francesca has worked in youth development both nationally and internationally for a number of years.  Francesca first joined BYC back in 2011 as a trustee, and more recently joined the staff team as Policy and Campaigns Officer. Francesca currently works on producing reports, developing policy and a number of our campaigns including Votes at 16. Francesca graduated in 2010 after studying Psychology at Brunel University, and is now studying for an MSc at Queen Mary's University of London.  

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Dupe Samuels- Campaigns Assistant

020 7250 8300


Deborah Kiswaka- Campaigns Assistant

020 7250 8300


Jack Hansen - Campaigns Officer

020 7250 8368

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