EYPUK is ran by two bodies; the Alumni Association Executive and the Board of Trustees. Together, these two bodies jointly form the EYPUK Committee, which is responsible for the daily running of the organisation.
Alumni Association Executive
The EYPUK Alumni Association Executive comprises of members elected by the wider Alumni Association, to fulfil an elected term of one year on the Committee of EYPUK. They are the direct liaison to the wider alumni community and help run regional fora, plan EurVoice events, facilitate and prepare social events and are generally the driving force on the ground of our events. They work closely and on a daily basis with the Board of Trustees and their respective advisors. The President of the Alumni Association Executive leads the other members and reports to the Board of Trustees during committee meetings.
Hi there! I’m Mark Alvares and I’m the President of the EYPUK Alumni Executive for 2020/21. This means that I work with the executive to facilitate their goals for the term, evaluate strategic direction with the Board of Trustees, and represent EYPUK on the international decision making stage. I’m honoured to take on this role and excited to see where we can take this organisation in these strange times.
Outside of EYP I am a second year Finance and Mathematics student at the University of Glasgow and I fence competitively.
Hey! My name is Katie (she/her) and I’m the Alumni Development Officer this year! This means that I’m the first point of call for alumni if you have any questions about how to get involved in EYPUK, as well as organising training and social events throughout the year to keep EYPUK’s alumni active - which is more important than ever this year!
Outside of EYP, I study history at Cambridge, where I dabble in both rowing and student journalism. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about my role or staying involved in EYPUK!
I'm Eleanor, and I am delighted to be taking up the role of EurVoice coordinator for 20/21. EurVoice is an outreach programme unique to EYPUK which focuses on ensuring that the voices of all young people throughout the UK are heard, regardless of any sort of demographic.
Having been involved in EYP for just over three years, I already feel that I have obtained some incredibly valuable new skills, not to mention friends, and cannot wait to see where this wonderful organisation will take me next. Outside of EYP I study Ancient and Modern History at the University of Oxford.
Regional Forum Coordinator
Hello! My name is Katie Breeds and I’m one of the Regional Forum Coordinators for 2020/21. I’m originally from Wiltshire, but I am now studying Chinese and Japanese at the University of Leeds. I have been involved in EYP since 2018 and it’s provided me so many truly wonderful experiences, opening doors to many opportunities and allowing me to grow and develop enormously.
I’m really excited to work with the National Committee over the coming year and see what we can achieve.
Hello everyone! My name is Aryan and I am one of the two Fundraising Officers this year. Along with Sian, I will be working on trying to secure extra pieces of funding for EYPUK through a variety of means. My plans for this year include expanding our funding base by contacting universities and hopefully developing corporate relationships.
I am studying Economics at LSE and am really looking forward to this year with EYP.
Hey! I’m Abi (she/her) and I am 19 in my second year of University studying Immunology. This year I am one of the Communication Coordinators for the EYPUK Alumni Executive 2020/2021. This means I get the pleasure of working with my comms partner Ellen to take on a variety of tasks including maintaining all of our social media platforms and expanding our media resources.
EYP is a prominent and joy-filled part of my life and I am extremely excited to see the developments the organisation makes in the next year to adapt to these unique times.
Regional Forum Coordinator
Hey, my name is Meera Kaiser (she/her), and I am one of your Regional Coordinators for this term. I’m working alongside my co-RC Katie to help ensure that this year's regional sessions will run to the high standards of previous years (while being COVID-19 friendly).
I am so excited to be able to use this daunting period to innovate within EYPUK’s regionals, and cannot wait to see officials and delegates enjoy our events. Outside of EYP, I am currently in my first year of Law at the University of Edinburgh.
Hello! I'm Siân McLaughlin and I'm super excited to be working as one of the Fundraising Officers this year. My EYPUK journey began in summer 2017 and have loved every minute of it. The community of EYPUK and skills I've developed due to EYPUK are unparalleled. At the moment I'm studying acting at Fourth Monkey in London.
I'm really excited for what this year holds for EYPUK and am so happy to be apart of the organisations further development! If you ever need to contact me feel free to drop me an email.
Hi, I’m Ellen (she/her) and I’m Comms Coordinator alongside the wonderful Abi Foskett this year. We’ll be looking after the social media platforms and creating and sourcing all the content that you’ll see on our socials. I’m looking forward to the projects that we have planned as well as being able to develop my video editing and logo designing skills. All of this is more important than ever with the lack of in person sessions, so this will be a welcome challenge.
Besides this, I study Theology and Religion at Durham and carry out the publicity for my college.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is largely made up of former alumni who have served on the Alumni Executive and also individuals who have great expertise in fields ranging from education, the law, politics, accounting and local government. The primary purpose of the Trustees is to be both financially and legally responsible for the charity and to help set the strategic goals and business plan for the future of the organisation. The Trustees go led by the feeling of the Alumni Executive and wider members to help ensure that EYPUK is an organisation that is growing in a sustainable manner.
My name is Morgan and I am the Chair of the Board of Trustees of European Youth Parliament United Kingdom. We are one of the largest debating charities in the UK, promoting non-formal education and academic debate amongst over a thousand young people across the country each year. I first became involved with EYP back in 2015 and have gone on to represent EYPUK abroad both as a delegate and official, whilst working in various capacities for the National Committee.
My role as Chair is to lead a team of trustees who are financially and legally responsible for the charity, supporting our volunteers and establishing and meeting our long-term strategic goals as a leading youth empowerment charity
My name is Lucy and, along with Natalie, I am one of the two Alumni Development Trustees of EYPUK. Our role is to help anyone who wants to become, or stay, active in the organisation to do so. Each year we send alumni to sessions abroad, help them apply for roles they are interested in, and organise an Alumni Training Weekend towards the end of the year to develop the skills of our members and bring them together informally.
I have been involved in the organisation since my National Session in 2015 and am delighted to be taking up this role!
Hi everyone, my name is Joseff Reed, I’m from Cardiff and I'm the National Sessions trustee. I am a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick, studying MA International Politics and Europe. I have been with EYP since 2015 and have learned so much from my time here. My main interest in EYP has always been in governance, so in my role I highlight introduce good practice from other organisations to EYPUK.
This year, I am focused on delivering high quality National Sessions and making the charity more accessible my work with the D&I working group.
My name is Bethany; I'm the trustee for EYPUK's inclusion and outreach programme, EurVoice. EurVoice provides opportunities for young people from less advantaged backgrounds to develop communication skills and critical thinking, learn about Europe, and connect directly with decision-makers. I first became involved with EYP in 2014, and in the past six years have taken on a variety of roles both UK and abroad, including Head Organising the 2017 Autumn National Session & serving on the Exec as Alumni Development Coordinator.
Since completing my undergraduate & Master’s degrees in English literature at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford respectively, I have been putting my EYP experience to good use, working in events for an arts charity based in London.
Hi everyone, my name is Peter and this year I will be the Vice-Chair of the Trustees, helping out the Chair where I can and also generally supporting the whole Committee in its work. My portfolio will have a focus on International Governance as well as looking at EYPUK’s longer term strategic priorities in light of the new International EYP strategy and the impact of COVID-19 on our work. I’ve been involved in EYP for five years, and have participated in many sessions over the years, from regional sessions to international sessions and now even digital sessions.
I am from Belfast where I am in my final year studying Medicine, having completed an intercalated Masters in Global Health in 2019.
My name is Natalie Tsang, and I am one of the two Alumni Development Trustees of EYPUK. Our role is to help anyone who wants to become, or stay, active in the organisation to do so. Whereas Lucy focuses more on liaising with other EYP organisations, so as to find development opportunities for our newest members, I focus more on handling school delegations.
We also organise a great Members Weekend towards the end of each year; places are always in high demand so do keep an eye out for that event! Please do get in touch if you have any questions about what we can offer you.
Hello my name is Luke and I am the Regionals Trustee for EYPUK. I support the 2 elected regional coordinators each year, ensuring our regional events run at their usual high standard and helping implement our long term regionals strategy. Since 2017 I have undertaken a variety of roles including 2 years on the executive committee, Head Organising our first digital session and I am also currently supporting the Governing Body of the EYP with the development of their regional network.
I am looking forward to another exciting year as well as finishing my final year in politics and philosophy at LSE.
I joined EYPUK in 2015, and didn't have a clue what was going on. Thankfully, I was very lucky in that I was invited to another EYPUK event on my doorstep, and from then I have gone on to work in nine different countries with EYP organisations abroad. I am particularly proud of my time as Head Trainer of the flagship capacity-building event of our international network!
As well as sessions abroad, I am lucky to have been trusted with various roles within EYPUK, where I am now Communications Trustee. I run EYPUK's communications (like this website!) with the help of my trusty Communications Coordinators.
Hi! I’m Emily, I’m 22 and just starting out a combined Master’s/PhD in Experimental Psychology in Oxford. Within EYPUK, I am the Vice-Chair for Safeguarding and Diversity. I am also the National Safe Person. This means that I am the first port of call for any welfare concerns that any of our members or participants may have. I am Designated Safeguarding Officer trained, and have vast experience both when it comes to representing welfare-related policies on the international level and when it comes to leadership both within the National Committee and at individual events.
I am also chairing this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, which is a group of members with various marginalised backgrounds who are working to write EYPUK’s first ever Diversity and Inclusion policy. Basically, I’m here to make sure everyone is welcome and safe within the EYPUK community and our events, so please reach out to me if you ever have any concerns about any of these things!
I’m currently the Treasurer on the Board of Trustees, alongside completing my final year of a History and Politics degree at Cambridge. Being Treasurer means that a lot of my work centres on the finances of EYPUK events, but also a lot of the legal parts that come with being a charity. I first got involved with EYP in 2017, and I feel more than ever that empowering young people to make a difference in their lives and the world they live in is a vital task. I have held many different roles within the organisation since then, from head organising a national session to helping run training sessions at Alumni Weekends.
Hi, I’m James and I’m a Trustee for National Sessions. This means that I’m fortunate to work closely alongside Joseff and the two pairs of very talented and driven EYPUK alumni selected each year to organise our residential national events. Current circumstances have meant recently emulating this work in innovative new formats, such as multi-day online conferences.
With the challenges and opportunities of this firmly in mind, I’m looking forward to another year on the Board of Trustees as I complete the final year of my undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter.
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.