NHS Youth Forum Members

Each year we recruit 25 young people to take part in the NHS Youth Forum. They have all have experience of using their voice to shape and improve healthcare in their communities.

Aishah Farooq

South West

Hi, my name’s Aishah, I am 21 and I’m a pharmacology Undergraduate at the University Of Bristol. I’ve always had an interest around Youth Voice in the NHS and it wasn’t till I started my own journey through the NHS that I realised just how important it was. I’m a Young Governor at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and a member of my local Youth Involvement group. I’m also involved in the development of a NICE Guideline on babies, children and young people’s experience of healthcare which I hope can further improve young people’s experience in the NHS.

Andy Smith

North West

Hi I’m Andy, and I am 23. I am an autistic adult who works as the Inclusion Ambassador / Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Advocate at Bury Council. The reason I joined the NHS Youth Forum is that I am determined that as many SEND young people as possible avoid the struggles my generation, and previous generations of SEND young people have faced.

Arron Simpson

Yorkshire and Humber

My name is Arron and I am currently doing a supported internship in Business Administration. I have autism, learning difficulties and a rare condition called Prader Willi Syndrome and I have always been really motivated and enthusiastic with everything youth voice related. I joined the NHS Youth Forum because I am extremely passionate about representing young people's health care and making sure their voices are heard. I am incredibly proud to be part of such an amazing forum and I'm extremely grateful to have the opportunity to influence decision making in the NHS.

Chelsea-Marie Vidler

South West

Hi my name is Chelsea, I’m 22 and I am studying in beautiful Cornwall a FDA Children and Young People Workforce Course. I joined the NHS Youth Forum to help advocate for young people who have learning disabilities and ill Mental Health. My aim is to help influence the way services are running both locally and nationally to provide a more care centred approach to young people accessing help and support.

Clemence Petard


My name is Clemence. I am 14 years old and will be doing my GCSE’s next year. I joined the NHS Youth Forum to talk more about obsessive compulsive disorder because it’s really misconceived. I am also passionate about mental health in general and I'm interested to meet different people who might share the same or different points of interest.

Davelle Adhi Reid

East Midlands

My name is Davelle. I am 18 and a first year medical student at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. Before coming to medical school, I volunteered with elderly people and was part of the #iWill campaign in Nottingham, where I'm from. A recent experience with knife crime sparked my interest in the NHS Youth Forum. I want to work with the NHS and other national agencies to develop a public health response that combats the knife crime and serious youth violence epidemic in the country.

David Ademola

South West

My name is David, I'm 15 and I'm currently a secondary school student. I joined the forum because I want to campaign for Racial Equality in NHS services and to ensure that the Government will reduce Immigrant Health Surcharges so Immigrants can access quality health at an affordable price.

Elia Chitwa


Hi, I'm Elia and I'm a 20-year-old student studying Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. One of the reasons I joined the NHS Youth Forum is that as a Black LGBT+ person, I’m acutely aware of how my identity affects how I’m treated in healthcare – especially in mental health care – and I know that my experiences aren’t uncommon. Through my time on the forum, and beyond, I hope to help increase awareness around how various forms of discrimination, and stigma from our own communities, can, directly and indirectly, affect access to healthcare and our mental health.

Emma Beeden

East of England

Hi, my name is Emma, I am 19 and I’m currently a student studying Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Sussex. I have been on the forum involved in different projects since 2018. I joined the forum as I have extensive experience as a patient in the NHS having been a patient at Great Ormond Street for 13 years before transitioning once I turned 18. I have a rare genetic condition meaning I have a restricted growth condition and had to have a kidney transplant. I also have chronic psoriasis which although is the most common of my health conditions, causes me the most problems!

Evie Basch

South West

I'm Evie, age 21. I am an illustrator and activist, with a focus on LGBTQ+ and young people's mental health rights. I joined the forum to turn my negative experiences of healthcare into positive change for others, and to bring youth voice from my local area.

Ezra Gray

Yorkshire and Humber

Hi! I’m Ezra, 16, and I joined the youth forum because I wanted to help other young people like me - especially lgbtqia+ and autistic young people. I am currently studying for my A-Levels and got diagnosed with autism at 14 and came out as non-binary at 15.

Georgia Ellin

East Midlands

My name is Georgia and I am 21 years old. I am a youth patron for Ambitious about Autism and in the long term I really want to improve health services for autistic people. I have joined the NHS Youth Forum because healthcare is something I am really passionate about, I want to share my own and other peoples experiences to develop and improve services within the NHS.

Gray Gathergood-Dains

South East

My name is Gray, I'm 17 and currently an A-level student. I joined the NHS Youth Forum because I wanted to help make the NHS better, especially for people with chronic and invisible illnesses. I also want to improve services for LGBT+ patients as they can sometimes face difficulties in the NHS through doctors having a lack of understanding about their experiences. Therefore I joined because I wanted to try and make a change for all of these groups within the NHS.

Haania Hussain

West Midlands

Hi, my name is Haania, and I’m 19 years old. I have been part of the youth forum since 2018, and I am currently studying medicine at the University of Nottingham. Having a multitude of experiences of the NHS, including experiencing febrile convulsions when I was younger and now having a long-term health condition (asthma), I’m passionate about improving services for young people. I have been part of the Young Persons Advisory Group at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for four years and actively volunteer at my local hospital and university charities.

Hannah Fox

South East

Hi my name is Hannah and I am 25 years old. I currently work championing young people's mental health and wellbeing as a patient/carer representative for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and I am a Special Educational Needs Tutor. I have lived experiences of being a young carer, living with chronic health conditions, parent bereavement, mental health issues, redundancy and home-schooling. I joined the NHS Youth Forum because I want to ensure young people's experiences are utilised to tackle the real and often hidden issues that matter to young people, challenge people's perceptions and stigma around them and inspire change.

Haris Sultan

Yorkshire and Humber

Hi, I'm Haris, I'm 18 and from West Yorkshire. I wanted to join the forum as I am passionate about healthcare and advocacy. I believe it is vital to try and give Young People across England a voice, now more than ever. We live in a constantly changing world and I believe as a forum we can make positive change within the NHS. I helped set up and am a member of the Leeds Community Healthcare Trust Youth Board, I have seen first-hand amazing work when professionals engage with young people and I hope to carry this on but on a larger national scale with the Youth Forum.

Imaan Ibrahim


Hi, I'm Imaan and I am 22. I joined the NHS Youth Forum because I am a strong advocate for health equity for everyone. I have joined at a time where addressing disparities is of utmost importance as Covid-19 has widened the inequalities gap. I will be identifying the different obstacles in healthcare faced by young people in the UK including the current state of mental health access and would like to take this opportunity to ensure that NHS England is inclusive when it comes to addressing these factors that contribute to the current challenges in children and young people’s healthcare.

Khizar Ali

North West

I'm Khizar, I'm 21 years old and I'm a researcher. I am passionate about representing young people and making sure that their voices are heard. I've worked with charities before within the health sector as well as other youth organisations and would like to use my experiences within the NHS Youth Forum to help other young people. This is my second year in the forum and I would like to use my past years' experience to help further develop the aims of the forum.

Melika Gramy

Yorkshire and Humber

My name is Melika and i'm currently in year 12. Since 2017 I have been a part of my local youth forum and soon after joined the NHS Youth Forum. I am a firm believer of advocating for youth voices and encouraging people to fight for changes they believe in. If we can use our experiences to bring about changes, it would not only improve our own quality of care but also that of generations to come. I am incredibly proud to be a part of committees, such as this one, that are responsible for raising awareness and fighting for the minorities who aren't able to have their voices heard.

Nakkita Charag

Yorkshire and Humber

Hello, I am Nakkita, I am 21 years old and a student at the University of Leeds. Having been in St John Ambulance for 6 years I wanted to broaden my experience in health policy and advocacy so I applied to join the NHS Youth Forum. Outside of this, I am also the NHS Cadets Youth Co-Chair leading on the Advisory Board. I hope to to go into a career in health policy so being a part of the forum is invaluable experience for me.

Pelumi Fatayo

North West

My name is Pelumi, I am 20 years old and I am in my third year at university doing Computer Science. I joined the Youth Forum because I wanted to be part of the change and add to the conversation of health with young people in the country. I love to be creative and I think it is important to add creativity in terms of how we deal with health and young people and that is something I hope to bring in my time at the forum.

Ray Everall

South East

My name is Ray, I am 21 years old and I am currently Co-Trans and Non-Binary Officer at my University. I joined the NHS Youth Forum because as a young transgender person, I have first-hand experience of the lack of understanding around transgender healthcare, as well as the obstacles that deter us from accessing any form of healthcare. I sincerely believe that the best way to improve healthcare for young people is to challenge existing policies and work together to create positive social change in the NHS, so that young people are able to access the care and support they need.

Samya Sarfaraz

South West

Hello my name is Samya, I’m 24 and a final year medical student at the University of Bristol! I joined the forum in 2018 to raise awareness for young people's mental health after found “Wellfest”, a well-being festival for young people to support them during GCSE and A-levels Results Days. I also co-lead the BAME Medical Students Group at my University and want to use the rest of my time on the forum to work on reducing inequalities and advocating for the health needs of children and youth from minority ethnic backgrounds at the highest level in the NHS.

Seren Hughes

North West

I'm Seren (She/Her). I am 25, part of the LGBTQ+ community and currently run a charity with 3 other young people called Cancer Awareness for Teens & Twenties. I’m also studying for an MSc in Public Health. I joined the forum as I am passionate about health promotion and ensuring equal access to care. I'm also a First Aider for St John Ambulance and hope in the future to pursue my dream of becoming a paramedic.

Sonia Beard

South East

Hi! My name is Sonia and I am 21. I am a Tissue Ambassador for NHS Blood and Transplant having received a heart valve transplant in 2015 to cure congenital heart disease. I joined the NHS Youth Forum to continue perusing my passions concerning service improvement, organ and tissue donation awareness, and most importantly, ensuring that youth voice and patient engagement with those who have lived experience is at the centre of strategic decision making within our healthcare system. I have also recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a First Class degree in English Literature.