Jo Hobbs

Chief Exectuive

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

Zoe Cumberland

Head of Programmes

Zoë first joined the British Youth Council in 2008 and has held a number of roles within the organisation. She is currently responsible for managing the British Youth Council’s national events including the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and House of Commons Sitting. She also manages a number of programmes which all aim to support young people to take action on issues they care about and make changes for themselves and others. Zoë graduated with an MA in Criminology from the University of Kent in 2012, and has a Diploma in Event Management. To get in contact with Zoe please call: 0207 250 8373 or call 07809 507357

Brendan McGowan

Youth Voice Manager (Regions/ Nations)

To get in touch with Brendan call: 07852 190880

Daisy Giuliano

Youth Democracy Coordinator, Midlands

To get in touch with Daisy call: 07956 681150

Steve Arthur-Wallis

Youth Democracy Coordinator, South West

To get in touch with Steve call: 07809 507 359

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: 0207 250 8380

Andrea Ugrinoska

International Participation Coordinator

Andrea has been involved in the international youth scene for a long time. Her initial involvement was with the National Youth Council of Macedonia, where she worked on the international involvement of the Council both in Europe and world wide. She further on continued her involvement with various international organisations where she additionally enhanced her international experience. Having been interested in international matters, she has worked towards completing a Master degree in Brussels in European Political Integration, and is on the way towards completing a second one in Peace and Conflict studies in Austria. This is Andrea’s first official involvement with the British Youth Council where she hopes to further improve and work on the UK Young Ambssadors and all of British Youth Council's international work. To get in touch with Andrea call: 020 7250 8301 or 07930742677

Francesca Danmole

Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer

Francesca has worked in youth development both nationally and internationally for a number of years. Francesca first joined the British Youth Council back in 2011 as a trustee, and more recently joined the staff team as Policy and Campaigns Officer. Francesca currently works on producing reports, developing policy and a number of our campaigns including Votes at 16. Francesca graduated in 2010 after studying Psychology at Brunel University, and is now studying for an MSc at Queen Mary's University of London. To get in touch with Francesca call: 020 7250 8377

Rhammel Afflick

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

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:

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.

Molly Hawkins

Fundraising Intern

Molly began working for the British Youth Council in September 2019 as a Fundraising Intern. Whilst studying for a Masters in Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds she completed an internship in community fundraising and fell in love with the world of fundraising, motivating her to apply for the role of Fundraising Intern. She works to assist the Head of Fundraising in developing our fundraising programme and supporting donor relationships. To get in touch with Molly call: 0207 250 8381

Halima Yusuf

Office 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.

Leon Hill

Policy & Campaigns Officer

To get in touch with Leon call: 0207 250 8374

Doug Hallam

Youth Democracy Coordinator, North East of England

To get in touch with Doug call: 07908 276116

Maria Marlow

NHS Youth Forum Coordinator

To get in touch with Maria call: 07496 839639

Elaina Phillips

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

To get in touch with Elaina call: 07809 507 362