Meet the Board of Trustees!
The Board of Trustees is comprised of EYPUK alumni, most of whom have served on the Alumni Executive and hold expertise in fields such as education, law, politics, accounting and local government. The Trustees help set the strategic goals and business plan for the future of the organisation, as well as being both financially and legally responsible for the charity . The Trustees are guided by the Alumni Executive and EYPUK’s wider members, helping to ensure that the organisation grows in a sustainable manner. The Committee (referring to both the Trustees and Alumni Executive) meets for quarterly meetings, with the AGM taking place in September; meetings are led by the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
I have been involved with EYPUK since my own UK National Session (NS) in 2007. Since then I’ve remained involved by organising sessions on a regional, national and international level as well as attending sessions across the EYP network in a variety of roles. Aside from EYPUK I am a practising barrister based in a leading common law chambers in London. (Laura.Hibberd@eypuk.co.uk)
I’m Beth and I am Vice Chair of EYPUK. I aid all other trustees with their portfolio and offer support to the Alumni Executive when required, so my role is more advisory and supportive than portfolio-based. I previously looked after alumni development and EYP International is an area of interest for me. Outside of EYP I am the co-founder of The Hard Yard, a fitness company employing ex-offenders to lead tough prison workouts in London. (Beth.Thayne@eypuk.co.uk)
I first became involved in EYP in 2009 and since then I have attended several sessions both in the UK and abroad. I became an EYPUK trustee in 2014 through my previous role as head organiser of the Dublin Belfast 2016 International Session and have since taken up the position of treasurer. Aside from EYP, I studied chemical engineering at Cambridge University and currently work as an engineer in the pharmaceutical industry. (Sophie.Duffield@eypuk.co.uk)
Imogen Findlay – Communications Trustee
Having been involved with EYP since 2012, I have travelled far and wide across Europe from Ireland to Sweden, Spain to Latvia and lots in between. I’ve held various roles, and EYPUK Communications Trustee is the latest addition to the list. I’m a food-blogging Edinburgh native who has recently relocated to Cardiff to work in PR & Communications for GE Aviation, after studying linguistics at the University of York. I’m really looking forward to working with my two extremely capable Communications Coordinators, Natalie and Jamie, and I can’t wait to see what the future of the role will hold. (Imogen.Findlay@eypuk.co.uk)
Jeff Dunn – Teachers & Schools Trustee
I have been a Trustee of EYPUK since September 2010. Born in Durham, I attended Liverpool and Liverpool Hope Universities. I taught History in a number of secondary schools in Liverpool from 1976 until 2007. In 2000 I helped to set up the Liverpool Schools’ Parliament. Since September 2007 I have worked solely on this initiative as its Director. The Parliament enables children and young people in Liverpool to have a voice and to make an impact. This needs to be supported by improving both the confidence and the ability of students to get across their point of view – something that can be done through involvement with EYPUK. (Jeffrey.Dunn@eypuk.co.uk)
Hi everyone! My name is Alexandra and my role is as Events Trustee to oversee Regionals, EurVoice and particularly our National sessions. I have been involved in EYP since 2011 and have been lucky enough to travel to many destinations around Europe with the organisation. I am very much looking forward to seeing what EYPUK produces this year and can’t wait to see all our projects and ideas come to life! (Alexandra.Thompson@eypuk.co.uk)
My name is Annie and I am a third year medical student at the university of St Andrews in Scotland. My EYP journey started in 2013 when I represented the UK in the Riga International Session. I loved my experience of EYP in Riga so much that I decided to remain involved in the European Youth Parliament. Since then I have worked in various different capacities for the organisation, chairing, working with media and now as part of the board of trustees of EYPUK. I’m really excited at the prospect of growing and developing EYPUK to reach even more students. (Annie.Macconnachie@eypuk.co.uk)
I have been involved with EYP since 2014, and have taken on a variety of roles both here in the UK and abroad, most recently Head Organising the 2017 Autumn National Session. Having served a year on the Executive as Alumni Development Coordinator, I am now taking on the position of EurVoice trustee and am looking forward to sustaining and strengthening our outreach and inclusion programme. Outside of EYP I am a student at the University of Cambridge where I study English Literature. (Bethany.Appleton@eypuk.co.uk)
Hi everyone, my name is Peter and I’m currently studying at Queen’s University in Belfast. I’ve been involved in EYPUK for three years and have been to several sessions around Europe, but the highlight so far was definitely being an organiser at the International Session in my home town of Belfast and Dublin. I’m really looking forward to an exciting year in Alumni Development with our upcoming ball and lots of opportunities for our alumni abroad. (Peter.Mcmanus@eypuk.co.uk)
Hi I’m Ali and I am the trustee in charge of international events. My EYP story began way back in 2011 and since then I’ve taken on multiple roles across Europe. I’m looking forward to more exciting projects with the organisation as well as representing our alumni base at international governance meetings. Outside of EYP I studied Theoretical Physics & Nanoscience at university and currently work for Aviva. (Ali.Amjad@eypuk.co.uk)
Hi there, my name is Morgan and I’m currently reading history at the University of Cambridge. I began European Youth Parliament in Summer 2015 and represented EYPUK at an international forum in Armenia. Since then I have been involved in sessions across Europe and Head Organised the 2017 Summer National Session. I’m passionate about youth empowerment and the role EYPUK has in giving young people a voice. My position in EYPUK is the coopted events trustee and I assist in the delivery of our events, principally our flagship event the national session which takes place twice a year. (Morgan.Barnden@eypuk.co.uk)