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


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.

Lewis Addlington-Lee

Deputy Chair

Lewis is originally comes from a village near Clacton-On-Sea in Essex. Having graduated from the University of Birmingham in July 2017, he is now working in a political role at the Local Government Association. Before joining the Trustee Board and becoming Deputy Chair, Lewis was the lead delegate to the British Youth Council for the Scouts. In this role he wrote and presented motions on issues such as outlawing LGBTQ Reparative Therapies and the legal recognition of non-binary gender identities, as well as working on BYC governance with other National Members. Outside of BYC, Lewis is part of a team that leads on social action for the Scouts with their 'A Million Hands' project and is passionate about mental health and issues facing the LGBTQ Community.

Luke Thornton


Luke Thornton is a trainee accountant at one of the largest accountancy firms in the world, specialising in the energy industry. He grew up in Cheshire, studied engineering and business studies at the University of Warwick and completed a placement year as an accountant in Aberdeen. He has been on the board since 2015 and, when he's not in a spreadsheet, can be found supporting young people to develop through volunteering or entrepreneurship. Luke is a passionate traveller, theatre goer and foodie.

Larissa Kennedy


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.

Kyle Parks


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.

Abigail Ashmead


Abby was appointed to the Board of Trustees in October 2017. She graduated from the University of Birmingham in July 2016, with a First Class Honours degree in Political Science and Philosophy and currently works as an Executive Consultant at Harris Hill Charity Specialists, providing advisory, recruitment, and management solutions to Chief Executives and Board members in the Charity Sector. She has a longstanding commitment to young people and youth engagement having been extensively involved with young carers’ organisations from a very early age and having also previously worked as a community facilitator on the National Citizen Service powered by The Challenge. Outside of her work with the British Youth Council, Abby is also a delegate on the Patchwork Foundation, which seeks to promote, encourage and support the active participation of young adults from under-represented and minority communities in British democracy and civil society. Abby is also particularly interested in Mental Health, Women’s Rights and Global Human rights.

Frankie Smith


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.

Chisomo Phiri


Chisomo was appointed to the British Youth Council Trustee Board in January 2019 after having previously chaired the trustee board of Swansea Students' Union, where she was also the elected SU President. Chisomo is a Swansea University alumni, achieving a 2:1 BA in Public Relations and Media in 2017. After a year President of the Students' Union in Swansea, Chisomo is currently the Women's Officer at National Union of Studenrs Wales and also sits on NUS Services board. In her role as Women's Officer she is campaigning to end period poverty, sexual harassment and violence against women and girls. Chisomo has a passion for student activism, collectivism and women and young peoples rights

T.Jay Turner


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


Sarah was elected to the board in September 2016.

Joe Stockley


Joe Stockley is Cardiff University alumni as of 2017, obtaining a 2:1 in Ancient History and Religious Studies. He has volunteered for several years in the Welsh charity sector, undertaking the Uprising programme, and working for WCVA in Cardiff. He became the Chair of Student Representatives in his final year, winning two awards for his work. With the British Youth Council he was the UK Ambassador for Wales, representing the UK’s young people nationally and internationally, and is now enjoying his first year as a trustee with BYC's board. He has worked alongside Google on Social Action and involving young people, and has chaired a variety of national events and summits, promoting young people, the good they can do, and they voice they have. He was recently awarded a Fellowship for the Royal Commonwealth Society, and is has written for the Guardian on several occasions.

Kira Lewis


Kira, from Somerset, currently studies BA War Studies at King’s College London. She was elected as a Trustee after serving in the UK Youth Parliament’s Procedures Group, and twice as a Member of Youth Parliament. Alongside her BYC role, she is one of the Directors of the Africa and Europe Committee of the Commonwealth Youth Council, and is also a Trustee of a large theatre and arts company in Devon. She was previously a Governor of one of the UK’s largest FE Colleges, and was a Head Police Cadet and Mayor’s Cadet.

Aimee Castle


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.