Jo Hobbs

Chief Exectuive

Jo joined the British Youth Council as Chief Executive in 2016. Jo leads the staff team and works with the Trustee Board ensure that we deliver for young people. Prior to joining the British Youth Council, Jo was the Operations Director at Girlguiding, leading on service delivery to girls and woman and membership growth across the UK. Jo is passionate about youth participation and advocacy, having found her own voice as a Brownie and a Guide and then as the coordinator of a peer education sexual health project whilst at University. To get in touch with Jo please call the main office switchboard on: 020 7250 8374

Zoe Cumberland

Youth Voice Manager (National Delivery)

Zoë first joined the British Youth Council in 2008 and has held a number of roles within the organisation. She is currently responsible for managing the British Youth Council’s national events including the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and House of Commons Sitting. She also manages a number of programmes which all aim to support young people to take action on issues they care about and make changes for themselves and others. Zoë graduated with an MA in Criminology from the University of Kent in 2012, and has a Diploma in Event Management. To get in contact with Zoe please call: 0207 250 8373 or call 07809 507357

Brendan McGowan

Youth Voice Manager (Regions/ Nations)

To get in touch with Brendan call: 07852 190880

Anna Sterckx

National Projects Coordinator and Youth Democracy Coordinator, East & West Midlands

Anna joined the British Youth Council 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. To get in touch with Anna call: 07956 681150

Sascha Bridge

Youth Democracy Coordinator (Southern Regions)

To get in touch with Sascha call: 07809 507 362

Doug Hallam

Youth Democracy Coordinator, North East of England

To get in touch with Doug call: 07908 276116

Steve Arthur-Wallis

Youth Democracy Coordinator, South West

To get in touch with Steve call: 07809 507 359

Francesca Danmole

Senior Policy, Campaigns and Training Officer

Francesca has worked in youth development both nationally and internationally for a number of years. Francesca first joined the British Youth Council 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. To get in touch with Francesca call: 020 7250 8377

Rhammel Afflick

Communications & Media Officer

Rhammel has been working for the British Youth Council since 2011 as a consultant and later joined the team full time in February 2015. Before joining the British Youth Council 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, the development of our brands and the coordination of our media enquiries. To get in touch with Rhammel call: 020 7250 8376 or 078 0950 7356

Victoria Hayden Ward

Head of Fundraising

Victoria joined the British Youth Council in September 2017 as our Head of Fundraising. Falling in love with fundraising whilst studying at the University of Kent, Victoria has over 7 years experience in the not-for-profit sector. With a particular interest in donor relationships, Victoria passionately believes in looking after supporters and celebrating all that they make possible. If you would like to talk to Victoria about ways you can be involved in fundraising at the British Youth Council, please do get in touch! To get in touch with Victoria call: 020 7250 8381

Andrea Ugrinoska

International Participation Coordinator

Andrea has been involved in the international youth scene for a long time. Her initial involvement was with the National Youth Council of Macedonia, where she worked on the international involvement of the Council both in Europe and world wide. She further on continued her involvement with various international organisations where she additionally enhanced her international experience. Having been interested in international matters, she has worked towards completing a Master degree in Brussels in European Political Integration, and is on the way towards completing a second one in Peace and Conflict studies in Austria. This is Andrea’s first official involvement with the British Youth Council where she hopes to further improve and work on the UK Young Ambssadors and all of British Youth Council's international work. To get in touch with Andrea call: 020 7250 8301 or 07930742677

Declan Sharkey

Programmes Support Officer

Declan joined the British Youth Council 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. To get in contact with Declan please call: 0207 250 8380.

Scott Ideson

Programmes Support Officer

Scott 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. To get in touch with Scott call: 020 7250 8374

David Richardson

Events Assistant

To get in touch with Dave call: 07809507358

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