Jude and Annie are Young
Thinkers of the Year
Jude Balfour, a trainee operations manager with FirstGroup plc, won the title Scotland Young Thinker of the Year at the 2013 Young Scotland Programme in October.
Jude, a graduate of Aberdeen University, joined FirstGroup after working as a transport planning consultant for five years. Her winning paper on fracking – what it is, what it does and why it is so contentious – was described by the adjudicators as 'a highly accomplished piece of work, a comprehensive paper notable for its fluency and authority'.
The runner-up, Sara Jalicy, is a solicitor with Balfour+Manson LLP in Edinburgh. She was praised for her paper on the ethics of charity giving ('a persuasive case, a mature piece of thinking').
David-John (DJ) McRobbie, a fisheries project officer with Aberdeenshire Council, was highly commended for a paper on the myths surrounding the fishing industry. Pei Ling Choo, a PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University, and Kathleen Weatherston of the Scottish Public Pensions Agency were jointly commended.
The Young Ireland Programme, for delegates from the Republic of Ireland, was held simultaneously with the Young Scotland Programme. Annie Pollock of Unicef Ireland was declared Ireland Young Thinker of the Year for her 'deeply perceptive, beautifully written' paper on attitudes to immigration in Ireland. Stacey Roe of Dublin Airport Authority was runner-up.
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Who will take the crown
from Leeds City Council?
The 9th annual Young Local Authority of the Year is set for February. Over two days (Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th) teams of two from across the UK will meet in Lancaster to compete for the coveted title. Won last year for Leeds City Council by Sam Facer and Clare Poolman (above), this prestigious annual event provides an exciting, challenging and enjoyable forum for up-coming talent in local government.
Left to right: Emily Rayner, Lesley Warren and Charlotte Rose
Lesley is UK Third Sector Young Thinker of the Year
Lesley Warren of Children in Scotland was named UK Third Sector Young Thinker of the Year for a thought-provoking paper, delivered at the event in Lancaster, on the drawbacks of social media. Emily Rayner of Save the Children UK was runner-up for an elegant presentation on the importance of talking to babies, while Charlotte Rose of The Prince's Trust was highly commended for her paper reflecting on English tuition for asylum seekers.
Hannah Mudge of Leprosy Mission England and Wales won a special award for best On The Spot and the winning group consisted of Jamie-Max Caldwell, Tejesh Mistry and Charlotte Story. Nineteen delegates representing a variety of UK charities were selected to take part in the competition.
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