Introducing the British Youth Council's Board of Trustees...

The British Youth Council's Board of Trustees is a group of 13 young people aged 25 and under who are elected by our members at the Annual Council Meeting each year. As the British Youth Council’s lead representatives they are responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the charity.

Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson

Chair

Amanda was appointed to the British Youth Council Trustee Board in October 2017 after having previously chaired the trustee board of Falmouth and Exeter Students' Union, where she was also the elected SU President. Amanda is a Falmouth University alumni, achieving a BA in Photography in 2015 and spending a significant amount of time running the University fundraising society. After two years as President of the Students' Union in Cornwall, Amanda went on to found and run a campaign aiming to put young people's voices at the forefront of the Brexit negotiations, as well as sitting on the trustee board for the National Union of Students. Amanda is particularly interested in work campaigning to end child poverty in rural areas and helping young people engage with politics in new ways.

Kyle Parks

Deputy Chair

Kyle was appointed as a Trustee in October 2018. Originally from Northern Ireland he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office after graduating from Queen’s University Belfast. He previously served as Honorary Secretary of the Northern Ireland Youth Forum and on the Steering Committee of the Open Government Network NI. He is a former UK Young Ambassador with the British Youth Council. Kyle is an alum of the Washington Ireland Program for Leadership and Service and is interested in leadership, education and social mobility. His previous work experience includes, a hedge fund in New York, a social enterprise in Belfast, a think tank in London and in public affairs in Washington DC. In his spare time Kyle enjoys travelling but can usually be found with a pot of tea and a book.

Kira Lewis

Trustee

Kira, from Somerset, is currently studying BA War Studies at King’s College London. They were elected as a Trustee after serving in the UK Youth Parliament’s Procedures Group, and twice as a Member of Youth Parliament. Alongside their British Youth Council role, they are also a Trustee of a large theatre and arts company in Devon, and was previously a Governor of one of the UK’s largest FE Colleges. They are currently working alongside their studies on a campaign to increase the number of young people on charity trustee boards across the UK.

Larissa Kennedy

Trustee

Larissa Kennedy, 19, was elected to the Trustee Board in September 2017. She is passionate about intersectional feminism and anti-racist activism. Barclays featured Larissa at Number 63 on the 2017 edition of their ‘Future 100’ List of the most influential women at UK universities. Her experience in governance, strategy development and advocacy largely comes from the international development sector: she is the UK’s Representative to the Global Secretariat at Youth For Change. This is a Plan International supported project that works on gender-based violence, currently focusing on FGM and child marriage. Larissa is also an active member of Girlguiding, working on membership growth and retention, campaigns and ambassadorial endeavours on behalf of its London & South East region. Larissa is currently reading Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick and is President and Co-President of the University’s anti-racism and anti-sexism societies respectively.

Becca Moore

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Zara Khan

Trustee

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Frankie Smith

Trustee

Frankie is an Auditor working within a Global Accounting Firm. A graduate of Mathematics from Sussex University, Frankie was appointed to The Board of Trustees in 2017. Frankie is also a member of The Scout Association, currently sat on their Finance Sub-Committee as well as Deputy UK Youth Commissioner. Through this work Frankie supports Managers in Scouting between the ages 18-25 specifically surrounding their Training and Induction. Frankie has previously been a Trustee for East Sussex County Scout Council and has close ties to projects in Kenya empowering Young People through Scouting. Outside of work and volunteering, Frankie enjoys swimming and baking.

Tom Clark

Treasurer

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T.Jay Turner

Trustee

I joined the Oldham Youth Council at the age of 14 and have been involved in local, regional and national youth voice organisations. I was elected as a member of UKYP in 2015 and have held positions on Youthforia’s steering group. I was the youth representative for Voluntary Action Oldham - proactively conveying the interests of young people in the charity’s decision making process – and finance lead for the Oldham Youth Council’s ‘Kerrching’ funding stream.

Sarah Staples

Trustee

Sarah, 22, started her youth voice journey in her hometown of Plymouth where she joined her local youth cabinet at 16. Serving two terms with the UK Youth Parliament as a Deputy and then Member of Youth Parliament she campaigned for votes at 16, a living wage for all and curriculum for life amongst other key issues. She was proud to continue her time with the British Youth Council in 2016 when she was elected to its trustee board. Sarah studied Politics with Law at the University of Plymouth, where she focused her studies on civil society and women in electoral politics. She founded and then chaired a society to bring together women and non-binary students to connect with local women in industry to provide talks, training and opportunities to help them after their time at university. An active campaigner, Sarah has spent time on political campaigns both in the UK and the United States where she’s volunteered on multiple races including the Clinton campaign. In 2017, Sarah began working for her local Member of Parliament and in 2019 made the move from the far South West to London where she works for an MP. Sarah is passionate, vocal and active on issues she cares about; social justice, youth empowerment and women’s rights.

Joe Stockley

Trustee

Joe Stockley is a 2017 Cardiff University alumni, obtaining a 2:1 in Ancient History and Religious Studies. He has volunteered for several years in the Welsh charity sector, is a trustee of Wales Council for Voluntary Action (the national membership charity for the third sector in Wales) , and sits on the Volunteering Wales Funding Board as Vice-Chair - a board which distributes around a £1.5 million pounds of funding to small volunteering projects across Wales. He also sits on the Cardiff and Vale Youth Health Board. In his day job, he works as the Communications Lead for Diverse Cymru - a Welsh Charity. He has worked alongside Google, Welsh Government, and has chaired a variety of national events and summits, promoting young people, the good they can do, and they voice they must be allowed to have. He is a trainer on youth voices, and is passionate about young people, about volunteering, and about the Welsh Charity Sector. When he is not working, Joe enjoys running, cooking, and Spaghetti Westerns. Joe is also learning to speak Welsh

Aimee Castle

Trustee

I am a creative dynamic individual who has a passion for developing remarkable corporate partnerships that are built on shared purpose and vision. I have vast experience of delivering large scale, strategic and profitable partnerships at Girlguiding, Missing People and The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. I believe young people should be able to shape their own future, whatever their background. And that it is the diversity of thought and opinion, that will generate a better, brighter and stronger world. I will be able to utilise my fundraising experience to help the the British Youth Council diversify income and maximise its potential.

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