Advisory Board

The Civic Journey Advisory Board is made up of 14 young people aged 16 to 30 across the UK. They hold a governance role, helping us shape the Youth Agenda.

Community Engagement Coordinators

CEC’s lead on the design and delivery of activities, using peer research, digital and creative events methods to gain insights into how people aged 16 to 30 experience social action.

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Steering Group

The Steering Group draws on the expertise and experience of individuals and organisations based within and beyond the UK that share an interest in character development, citizenship, and evidence-based policymaking. Members of the Steering Group critically advise and support the Institute for Community Studies as it works with young people to reimagine the Civic Journey.

  • Lord David Blunkett; House of Lords, Chair of the Civic Journey Steering Group
  • Mark Gifford, CEO of National Citizens Service
  • Liz Moorse, CEO Association for Citizenship Teaching
  • David Watts, Director of Outdoor Learning at UK Youth
  • Simon Parker, Director of Transformation and Policy Capability at Department for Education
  • Joy Johnstone, Deputy Director at Department for Culture Media and Sport
  • Jim Anderson, Head of Government Innovation Programmes at Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Louise McDonald, Institute of Directors, Scotland
  • Parmi Dheensa, Include Me TOO Founder and Executive Director (Common Wealth Children and Youth Disability Network)
  • Stuart Dunne, CEO of Youth Focus North West
  • Sheree Atcheson, Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Valtech
  • Hayel Watermberg, Co-founder of Word on the Curb
  • Asha Jagatia, Future Capability Manager at Vodafone
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