Forty miles an hour winds and driving rain blew our delegates to Lancaster for the summer Young England and Wales Programme. While the unseasonal weather persisted outside, the group got down to three days of thoughtful papers, discussion, group work and illuminating speakers - all in an atmosphere of friendly, mutual support. On the final evening, Emily Ure (above centre) from the FSCS was named England and Wales Young Thinker of the Year 2017 for her "powerful, persuasive, wide-ranging paper on the decriminalisation of personal drug use...a fluent argument matched by the eloquence of the writing...and polished and confident presentation).
Runner-up was Michael Lingard (National Physical Laboratory, above left) for his "wide-ranging, informative and thoughtful paper, richly illustrative of the damage that can be the consequences of a target-driven society). Conor Rooney (National Crime Agency) was highly commended for "an intense, forensic inquiry into the reasons why post-Soviet Russia has become increasingly isolated from the west", and Nas Nazir (General Medical Council, above right) was commended for a "warm, compassionate paper with lovely touches of gentle humour and personal experience".
The winning group (below, top left) was Group D: Vanessa Collins, Ministry of Justice, Krishan Ganeshan, Pension Protection Fund, James O’Regan, CYBG, Bethan Salmon, Department for Transport and Emily Ure, FSCS.
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