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.
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.
Osaro Otobo joined the British Youth Council as a Trustee in October 2020.
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.
‘After facing adversity in my own childhood I made it my life’s work to become a conduit for positive social change. I started by studying Sociology at the University of Westminster, undertaking primary research for my dissertation, which looked at the challenges urban youth face in their transitions into adulthood. Post-graduation I began working in the Philanthropy team at the national children’s charity ‘The Children’s Society’, originally working as an Officer developing and running the small Trusts and Foundations programme. In January 2020 I was promoted to Relationship Manager and now specialise in building strategic partnerships with large philanthropic funders. I strongly believe that every young person deserves a fair chance in life, irrespective of the background and experiences. I work collaboratively across the charity sector to make this a reality. The causes I am particularly passionate about are mental health, women’s rights, support for young refugee and migrants and bridging the wealth gap’.
Becca Moore is originally from Newcastle in North East England. She was elected to the board in 2019, however, her youth voice journey with BYC started in 2013 when she joined North Tyneside Youth Council. She served four years as a Member and then Steering Group representative of the UK Youth Parliament during which she won multiple awards for leading a mental health education campaign which she later presented in parliament. She was elected to the NHS Youth Forum twice where she campaigned for better awareness of young people’s rights in healthcare, then vice-chaired the Youth Select Committee inquiry into body image which she later presented this to the Science and Technology Select Committee. Becca was also a delegate to the Commonwealth Youth Forum in 2018, where she represented young people’s views in more global conversations and has volunteered with WE Charity in the UK and India. Throughout these roles, Becca has campaigned on issues like climate change, mental health, Votes at 16 and poverty. Alongside studying History at UCL, she also works as a Special Support Assistant supporting young people with additional educational needs at a high school in North Tyneside. Becca is passionate about young people from all backgrounds being represented and having their voices heard. She is committed to continuing to support young people to find their own voice.
Zara was elected to the board in September 2019. She is from the West Midlands and works for a Local Authority where she is currently completing a Project Management Apprenticeship. Her role includes managing various diversity and inclusion projects as part of a Central Government funded pilot Integration Programme. Zara was previously Chair of the Youth of Walsall, a local Youth group in Walsall, and led on the 'Real Knives, Real Lives' Campaign which won the Police and Crime Commissioners Community Thank You Award. She was also a Senior Child Sexual Exploitation Champion for Street Teams, a charity that supports children and young people abused through sexual exploitation. She is currently a Referral Order Panel Member for a Local Authority, which includes supporting young people who have committed a crime to agree a contract of work that they will complete in order to repair the damage caused. In 2020, Zara was announced as a Finalist for the BAME Apprenticeship Awards in the Charity, Voluntary and Public Services category. She is passionate about youth voice and empowerment and enjoys speaking to young people about her apprenticeship experience. In her free time, she can be found reading a good book.
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Joe Seddon is the Founder & CEO of Zero Gravity, a digital social enterprise which mentors students from low-income backgrounds into the UK’s best universities. Launched from his bedroom in West Yorkshire, Joe has grown Zero Gravity from a student bedroom startup into one of the UK’s leading social mobility organisations. He has been named as one of the Top 10 Young Digital Leaders in the UK by Lloyd’s Bank, and has been recognised with a social impact award by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Joe is passionate about social entrepreneurship and using digital technology to solve social problems. He has lectured on the topic of social entrepreneurship at the Cambridge Union, and has spoken at universities and conferences across the UK. He is a frequent commentator on social mobility and higher education issues, and has featured on BBC News, Radio One, and Times Radio, amongst others. Joe graduated from Oxford University in 2018 with First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), and whilst at university freelanced for The Telegraph as an Education Columnist. He was appointed as a Trustee of the British Youth Council in October 2020.
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Sila Ugurlu joined the British Youth Council as Trustee in October 2020.