Chair : Anna Rose Barker
Anna has previously been a Member of UK Youth Parliament, Chair of Dorset Youth Council, Leader of AIESEC (the largest youth-led organisation in the world), National Programmes Executive at The Prince’s Trust helping disadvantaged young people back into education, training or volunteering and a team leader in Zimbabwe working with young people and the local community. Currently she is working for a leading Education Technology company called Unifrog in a sales and account management role. Two years ago she was the Vice Chair of Participation and is very excited and honoured to be leading her second year as Chair of the British Youth Council.
What does your organisation do?
The British Youth Council empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.
When and why did you become a Chair?
I was elected to be the Chair in September 2016 by the membership of our BYC, who are all young people from national, regional and local youth organisations across the UK. Uniquely the Board of BYC are all young people aged 16-25!
What do you most enjoy about chairing?
It has to be the people. The amount of caring, inspiring and truly incredible people I have the pleasure of meeting and working with is just so fantastic; the trustee board, our staff, the organisations we work with and importantly the young people we represent are why we all do it. (Along with the oodles of paperwork, evening and weekend meetings and infinite emails…).
Do you have a key tip or lesson to share with your fellow Chairs?
My top tip is to get a plan of action for the board together and get things moving as soon as possible! It is so easy to focus on the operational aspects of the charity and it’s impact and for the board to spend time understanding and providing guidance on how to improve this. I’ve found it essential to get a board plan together for committees and individuals to ensure they have their own projects and deadline also. This gives the CEO and staff team confidence and transparency on what you are working on and it also gives the board clear metrics and a chance to feel success!
Why did you join AoC?
As a new Chair I was keen to learn more about the role, network with other Chairs but importantly to learn how I can be the best chair possible for the charity!