Jo Hobbs MBE

Chief Executive

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

Rosie Milsom

Head of Fundraising (Interim)

Rosie joined the British Youth Council on a maternity cover contract in July 2021. With 9 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, she has worked in fundraising for the arts and medical research charities before joining us as a youth organisation. Rosie is responsible for building relationships with individual donors, fundraisers, corporate organisations and Trusts and Foundations to help increase the British Youth Council’s fundraised income. She’s extremely passionate about young people from all backgrounds having the opportunity to make social and political change. Getting to know our supporters and seeing the impact they enable us to have on the young people we work with is her favourite part of her role. To get in touch with Rosie call: 07375 119412 or email

Brendan McGowan

Youth Voice Manager (Regions/ Nations)

To get in touch with Brendan call: 07852 190880

Doug Hallam

Youth Democracy Coordinator, North East of England

To get in touch with Doug call: 07908 276116

Halima Yusuf

Policy & Public Affairs Assistant

Halima started working for the British youth council in June 2019. Her passion in community work and volunteering both internationally and locally lead her to apply for a role here with us as an Office assistant. She works to support the organizations operations in finance and general administrative duties. Halima graduated in 2018 after studying Human Biology at Oxford Brookes University and is now looking to delve into the charity sector aiming to support with the charities aims and goals.

Rhammel Afflick BEM

Communications & Media Coordinator

Rhammel has been working for the British Youth Council since 2011 as a consultant and later joined the team full time in February 2015. Rhammel is currently Trustee and Director of the charity, Police Now and Director of Communications for Pride in London. 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

Olivia Attey

Fundraising Intern

Olivia joined the British Youth Council team in April 2021 (as part of the Jack Petchey Internship Programme). Since graduating with a Masters in International Relations and Politics of the Middle East from the University of Leeds in 2019, Olivia has volunteered in various fundraising roles for charities such as Bloody Good Period, SolidariTee and the InterEuropean Human Aid Association. She developed a passion for advocating for the rights of young people whilst volunteering in Greece, working with teenagers and unaccompanied minors living in refugee camps, and is now looking forward to developing her career within the charity sector.

Eleanor Marsea

Youth Engagement Coordinator

Eleanor joined the British Youth Council at the start of 2021, having worked in youth engagement roles for many years. From teaching ESOL to disadvantaged young people in Barcelona, to managing schools programmes for The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme. Most recently Eleanor project managed the design and implementation of digital wellbeing courses for young people living in refugee camps across Africa and the Middle East with UNHCR. Eleanor is particularly passionate about working with marginalised communities of young people and aims to ensure that all British Youth Council programmes are ever-evolving in their inclusivity and accessibility. Eleanor currently sits on the steering board for the Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard and is also a community volunteer at Allsorts Youth Project, supporting LGBTQ+ young people. Eleanor leads on the British Youth Council programmes: the Youth Futures Foundation’s Future Voices Group and The Careers and Enterprise Company’s Youth Advisory Group.

Kay Davidson

Regional Coordinator

Kay started working at the British Youth Council in August 2021. In her role of Regional Coordinator she works closely with Local Authorities and members of the UK Youth Parliament. In addition, she runs Make Your Mark, the annual consultation of 11-18 year olds. Kay is passionate about expanding the reach of Make Your Mark, and aims to engage marginalised young people in the project, ensuring they have their say on what matters to them. Kay graduated from the University of Leeds in 2019 with a BA in International Development and prior to the British Youth Council lived and worked as a TEFL teacher in Buenos Aires.

Cat Jamieson

Youth Engagement Manager

Cat joined the British Youth Council in 2021 and is now the Youth Engagement Manager leading the Youth Engagement Team who run various youth forums and advisory groups with and for our partner organisations. She is passionate about empowering young people from all backgrounds to have a voice and to make positive changes both as individuals and within society. Cat started her career working directly with young people and has nearly 10 years’ experience working as a senior manager running programmes and services for young people, including, international social action, study programmes, careers services and the National Citizen Service.

Danny Brown

Youth Democracy Coordinator

Danny joined the British Youth Council as a coordinator in November 2020 and before this he supported the BYC as an associate trainer while working as a cover supervisor for an educational organisation. An experienced youth worker, Danny has worked with young people age 3-25 in various different settings including classrooms, local authorities and residential care for children with complex needs. The recipient of a number of awards and recognitions for youth voice, education and working across cultures, Danny is also a school Governor and District Representative with Rotary. To get in touch with Danny call: 07956 681150

Victoria Hayden Ward

Head of Fundraising (on Maternity Leave)

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

Tamar Green

New Business Manager

Tamar joined The British Youth Council in July 2021 as a Business Development Officer and has a BA degree in working with Young People and Young Peoples services from De Montford University. Before joining the British Youth Council Tamar has worked for various charities developing services that empower Young People, their voices and aspirations. Tamar has over 10 years’ experience in working with Young people. Her goal is to support the British Youth Council to develop their training and consultancy service to meet the needs of Young People and organisations that engage with Young People. Tamar has a passion in empowering Young People to share their views and that services have the skills and knowledge to be able to embed them into their work.

Reem Ismail

Youth Engagement Officer

Reem started working for the British Youth Council in August 2021. Her passion for mentoring, minority representation and youth empowerment lead her to the role of Youth Engagement Officer with us. From her time studying International Relations at university, Reem is motivated about empowering and advocating the rights of marginalised young people. Before joining us, Reem has worked in various charity roles, most recently in supporting the facilitation of FGM training courses for professionals in youth roles. Reem facilitates the British Youth Council programmes; the NHS Youth Forum, the Youth Futures Foundation’s Future Voices Group and the Bank of England Youth Group.

Rosie Latchford

Programme Officer

Rosie joined The British Youth Council in September 2021 as a Programme Officer for UK Youth Parliament and holds an MSc in International Relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining The British Youth Council, she has worked in student welfare and volunteered for various political and environmental organisations. Her goals are to ensure that the UK Youth Parliament remains an inclusive, engaging and inspiring programme for young people; and that their voices are heard on the issues that matter most to them.

Nikki Hall

Digital Communications Assistant

To get in touch with Nikki call: 07951 512 893

Lucy Plummer

Youth Engagement Coordinator

Hi, I’m Lucy and it’s an honour and privilege to coordinate the NHS Youth Forum 21/22. My role as Youth Engagement Coordinator for the British Youth Council fulfils my desire to support young people to have a voice and direct influence on the things that matter to them. Through this role I will work hard to strengthen and improve existing mechanisms for youth participation and work to identify new opportunities for young people’s participation across society, guided by the perspectives and aspirations of young people. As a Youth Advocate, I am committed to championing young people and the inclusion of young people at every opportunity. My passions and interests include youth advocacy and youth empowerment (particularly championing the inclusion of under-represented groups), sustainability, and climate action. I have an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Youth Studies from London Metropolitan University.

Sophie Richardson

Head of Programmes

Sophie grew up in Blackpool, moving to London to study French and Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. Since graduating, Sophie has held numerous positions in the private, public and not-for-profit organisations but all had the common theme of education and supporting young people’s development, something which Sophie is passionate about. Previously, she worked at WE as the Director of WE Schools, leading a team of 22 staff and growing the social action programme from 2000 to 6000 schools across the UK. Sophie is now working for the British Youth Council as their Interim Head of Programmes and leads the team who are working to ensure youth voice is embedded in government departments and organisations at decision making levels. She is also working as a freelance consultant, supporting organisations to develop their growth strategies for youth-facing programmes. In her spare time, Sophie volunteers as a school governor and is co-founder of an organisation delivering doorstep experiences and gifts in Lancashire.