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

Hilary Smail

Programme Officer (Events)

Hilary joined the British Youth Council team in August 2019; she graduated in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester in 2014 and has since been working with young people in international educational projects. Hilary coordinated a teaching programme with the Ministry of Education in Colombia, leading on programme delivery and staff and student well being. Hilary recently worked as International Director for a global health initiative and leadership programme in the Caribbean, providing service-learning projects to engage youths in global citizenship. Hilary’s goal is to continue building spaces to empower young people to share their voices and to ensure that they are heard, valued and acted upon. To get in touch with Hilary call: 07983 399 388

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

Magda Conway

Head of Programmes

Magda has worked in children’s rights and youth participation for over 20 years. Her roles have included youth and community development work; coordinating the Children and Young People HIV Network at the National Children’s Bureau and leading the development and delivery of the non-medical work at the Children’s HIV Association for 7 years. Before coming to the British Youth Council, Magda spent the last 5 years working as an International Freelance Consultant predominantly for UNICEF and Penta Child Health, focusing on youth participation in clinical trials and research and developing youth-centred practice in primary and secondary health care. She has written multiple publications, including the UNICEF manual Adolescents Living with HIV: Developing and Strengthening Care and Support Services. Conway, M & Ely, A (UNICEF, 2016) To get in touch with Magda call : 07375 119407

David Morris

Policy and Public Affairs Officer

Dave joined the British Youth Council in January 2020 as Policy and Public Affairs Officer. Immediately before coming to British Youth Council, Dave worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to an MP. Prior to this he spent time working in the House of Lords and as a Community Organiser with the Salvation Army. Dave currently works on our Parliamentary engagement, policy work and provides policy support to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Youth Voice Groups and Youth Select Committee. To get in touch with Dave call: 07809 507358

Paulina Navarro

Programmes Officer (Membership)

Paulina joined The British Youth Council in July 2019 as Programmes Officer for Membership and has a BA in Psychology & Sociology from The University of Brighton. Before joining the British Youth Council she worked at an education business partnership and then an integrative cancer charity focusing on community engagement and communication. Her goals are to continue building on the open dialogue between the British Youth Council and existing members, as well as welcoming new ones. Paulina aims to represent all members in the best possible way by understanding their own unique vision, goals and priorities.

Elaina Phillips

Youth Democracy Coordinator, London, South East and East of England

To get in touch with Elaina call: 07809 507 362

Danny Brown

Youth Democracy Coordinator

To get in touch with Danny call: 07956 681150

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

Sean Longhurst

Youth Leadership Development Manager

Sean joined the British Youth Council in May 2020 as our Youth Leadership development Manager. Sean has over 10 years of experience in building programmes and support networks that develop. He is passionate about building platforms for young people and people with the most marginalised voices to be who they are and lead others in their communities. Sean’s role here is focused on empowering young people to be leaders for now and for the future. To get in touch with Sean email:

Maria Marlow

Youth Engagement Manager

To get in touch with Maria call: 07496 839639

Leon Hill

Youth Engagement Officer

To get in touch with Leon call: 0207 250 8374

Nikki Hall

Digital Communications Assistant

To get in touch with Nikki call: 07540 996878