We have two Young England and Wales Programmes coming up – in April and June. Booking is open now for both. Click here for brochures and booking forms.
The Young Local Authority of the Year 2018 – now fully booked – is our next event. Thirty-eight teams from local authorities, large and small, across the country will meet in Lancaster this month for two days of exciting competition. Click here to meet the teams.
A young entrepreneur from Perthshire, Helen Stewart, has become Scotland Young Thinker of the Year – a title she shares with Rebecca MacDonald, the winner of the first of the season's Scottish programmes. Helen's winning paper at Troon on the problems facing Scottish agriculture was lauded by the adjudicator for its poignancy, insight and wit, and was described as 'a piece with emotional impact rooted in the hard practicalities of working life.' Helen was also praised for her 'polished, yet passionate delivery.' Claire Simonetta, a farmer and agricultural consultant from the island of Mull, was runner-up for a second paper on the current defects in the system of farming subsidies. She was praised for her 'wonderfully direct style, which succeeded in making a specialist topic accessible to a general audience.' Aoife Hutton of the 2050 Climate Group was highly commended for her 'impressive and impassioned plea' for a more sustainable future. Alana Dickson of the Scottish Public Pensions Agency and Matthew Sweeney of East Renfrewshire Council were both commended. The winning discussion group consisted of Hayley Crawford (Girls' Brigade Scotland), Ross McCall (Fife Council), Katrina Martin (Scottish Wildlife Trust) and Chris Roughead (Scottish Public Pensions Agency).
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