We are expecting a fantastic line-up of contributors and have confirmed the following speakers:

Plenary 1


Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society. Wilson, MP for Reading East, has stated that his priorities for the sector include small charities and he has also spoken out in support of NCS.


Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Minister for Civil Society – Lisa was appointed Shadow Minister for Civil Society in October 2013 and is one of just six Asian female MPs, representing Wigan since May 2010. She was on the Education Select Committee from 2010-12, before becoming a shadow junior education minister in 2013. Lisa was Treasurer of the APPG on Youth Affairs from 2011-13. Before entering Parliament she worked for national children’s charity The Children’s Society.


Rick Edwards, BBC 3, e4, and Channel 4 presenter will present a plenary session. Writer, presenter, journalist, comedian, Rick Edwards has publicly taken an active interest in issues facing young people today, presenting shows such as BBC’s Free Speech. Watch Rick’s TedX talk on getting young people to vote.


Jenny Mullinder, young competition speaker. Currently an ambassador for Youth Employment UK and an advisory panel member for the Young Women’s Trust. As someone who has experience of being a young carer she brings a new perspective to this event.


Plenary 2


Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive of Step Up to Serve will be chairing this session. She became the Chief Executive of Step Up To Serve in April 2014. From November 2010 to April 2014 she was the Chief Executive of UK Youth.


Piers Telemacque, Vice President Society and Citizenship, NUS studied at Bradford College and was involved with both the NUS FE Zone and Black Students’ Campaign


Mita Desai, Chair British Youth Council, Mita currently works developing the curriculum for NCS with The Challenge. She received an Outstanding Contribution award for her decication to mentoring with charities PASS, the National Citizen Service, DebateMate and Envision.


Keyon Davis, young competition winner. Keyon is a Job Ambassador at The Prince’s Trust and has also worked with other youth sector organisations including Raleigh International. To read more on his Job Ambassador role find out more here.


Plenary 3


Lucy-Anne Holmes, Founder No More Page Three – Lucy founded the campaigning group calling for an end to The Sun’s running of a topless photo 2 years ago and has so far gathered support from over 200,000 people.

Brie Rogers Lowery

Brie Rogers Lowery, UK Director of Change.org. As a director of the world’s biggest petition platform Brie is an experienced online campaigner currently. She was also the Winner of the Women of the Future: Technology and Digital Award 2014. Read Lowery’s piece on initiating change.

Social media for journalists Masterclass

Shiv Malik– co-author of Jilted Generation: How Britain has Bankrupted it’s Youth. Shiv is an investigative journalist who writes on behalf of The Guardian and The New Statesman. Co-founder of Intergenerational Foundation (IF) and was listed by the Evening Standard in 2008 as the most influential Londoner, Shiv poses questions such as “Why do young people seem to be uninterested in politics?”. Read his piece on ‘The Dependent Generation’ here.


Katherine Healey, young competition winner. Katherine is a 15 year old with visual impairment who is currently studying for her GCSEs. She has a keen interest in volunteering and will be talking about life, work and the future for young people today, including young people with a disability.






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