Louise Eldridge, Anti-Slavery International; Amy Keegan, WaterAid; Bethany Coleman, WWF-UK; and Adam Bartlett, Virgin Atlantic Airways
It was an event notable for lively papers, thoughtful discussion and the exploration of ideas. The spring Young England and Wales Programme, held in Lancaster in early April, brought together 25 delegates from the third sector, major companies, the world of health and medicine, and public bodies.
The winner of the title England and Wales Young Thinker of the Year 2017 (shared with the winner of the summer programme) was Amy Keegan of WaterAid. Her authoritative paper on the threat to international aid exposed the dangers of short-term fixes and over-simplified rhetoric. A clear and confident speaker with terrific presence at the lectern, she asserted that the achievements of aid should be more widely known – and celebrated. Runner-up was Adam Bartlett of Virgin Atlantic Airways. Louise Eldridge of Anti-Slavery International was highly commended and Bethany Coleman of WWF-UK was commended.
In a high quality and close run group challenge on the subject of identity, the winners were Group C: Michael Angelo (Pension Protection Fund), Yasmine Collins (Duke of Edinburgh's Award), Amy Keegan (WaterAid), Laura McVeigh (National Energy Action) and Siân Nicholson (Liberty).
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