Young Scotland Programme 2014
Gretna Green, November
Four nations event: Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales come together for the first time
Young Programme delegate group, autumn 2013
For the first time, the Young Programme is organising a special event involving delegates from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Delegates from all four nations will come together under the same roof at Lancaster House Hotel on the campus of Lancaster University, Lancashire, in September.
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Tom Blackwell of the NHS
wins England and
Young Thinker title
Left to right: Jessica Cross Brown, Alaka Prodhan, Tom Blackwell,
Sammy-Jo Fernandes and Rosie Rees-Bann
Tom Blackwell of NHS England won the title England and Wales Young Thinker of the Year at Lancaster in June for a paper on urban exploration which the adjudicators described as a joy to read and hear. Tom works in the public voice division of NHS England, promoting citizen participation. At the end of an intensive four-day programme, he was also awarded the title England and Wales Public Sector Thinker of the Year.
Jessica Cross Brown of the National Physical Laboratory was declared runner-up for an 'elegant' presentation on eco-tourism. Alaka Prodhan of Ofsted was highly commended for her paper on every day sexism. There were two commendations: to Sammy-Jo Fernandes of the Gambling Commission and Rosie Rees-Bann of Manchester City Council.
The title Young Thinker of the Year (Societies and Institutions) was awarded to Rosie Fforde of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for a 'brave, challenging, well-informed' paper on health screening.
Courtney Escudier of the Bank of England won a special award for best On The Spot presentation.
The winners of The Group Challenge were Group L: Polly Horn, Wokingham Borough Council; Kimberley Steed German, National Physical Laboratory; Kirsty Tarplin, Gambling Commission; Calley Toomey, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; David Walkden, HM Passport Office.
Rosie Fforde and Courtney Escudier
From left: Calley Toomey, Kirsty Tarplin, Polly Horn, Kimberley Steed German
and David Walkden – the winning group