Chair of the Youth Select Committee
Dev Sharma, an 18-year-old Member of Youth Parliament for Hampshire and food activist, joined the Youth Select Committee to address the increasing repercussions on children’s health in the cost of living crisis, driven by his campaigning to challenge the injustices of the food system. His activism includes delivering a Food Charter to Downing Street and advising multinational companies on food policy. Recognised with both the Diana Award and UK Parliament Award, Dev has been at the forefront of the opposition against junk food advertising online, with his open letter campaign alongside Bite Back 2030 and Jamie Oliver leading to a government ban on such adverts.
Vice Chair of the Youth Select Commitee
Curtis Yip, 18, currently serves as Deputy Member of Youth Parliament and a member of Rotherham Youth Cabinet. He has great experience on intersectional climate activism through his work with regional think tanks, academics and universities at the Regional Youth Climate Assembly. He campaigns largely on the democratisation of young people and is a great advocate of devolution, serving in both the South Yorkshire and National Youth Combined Authority. Coming from, and representing, a community with much inflicted deprivation, Curtis is determined to influence local and national policy to ensure that all young people have adequate provision and support during the cost of living crisis.
Member of the Young Essex Assembly
Amelie is a year eleven student in Essex, hoping to make a difference alongside her GCSEs. Despite being fairly new to Youth Voice, she is an elected member of the Young Essex Assembly and very excited to continue her work in the Youth Select Committee. She is especially concerned with issues like mental health, wealth inequality and the welfare of BAME young people or LGBTQ+ young people. For these reasons she feels her work on the cost of living inquiry will prove essential for the way government acts in the future and hopes to make real change.