I am 19 years old and represent England as part of the Structured Dialogue team. I am currently studying Theology at Cambridge University.
Along with my role within UKYA, I am also an active mental health campaigner. I have spoken at a number of conferences such as the MindEd Inaugural Conference and have been involved in a number of discussions with government ministers and key professionals from the health sector. I was also a member of the 2016 Youth Select Committee on mental health, which produced a report for government outlining recommendations for the improvement of services. In addition, I am a committee member of BBC Children In Need’s South West Regional Advisory Committee. Until 2015, I was Poole’s Member of Youth Parliament. Through this role I campaigned for increased opportunities in my local area working with organisations to design 11,000 voucher booklets for young people and spoke in favour of improving mental health services at the Dispatch Box in the House of Commons during Youth parliament’s annual debate in 2014.
I strongly believe that young people’s voices need to be represented at the highest of levels in order to ensure that we are able to shape the future of our world, as Robert Kennedy stated “This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.”
I am very excited to be part of this project and hope to represent England’s young people at an EU level with enthusiasm, passion and determination!