All good projects need partners and a project of this scope and magnitude necessarily relies on the advice, support and guidance of a network of people. We are particularly grateful to our Youth Advisory Group, our formal Advisory Panel and Technical Advisory Group.



The Youth Advisory Group meets annually. Would you like to join future Youth Advisory Groups? Contact us here.


The participants in the inaugural Youth Advisory Group (2019) were:  

  • Shakeel Mohammed

  • Kyle Mills

  • Rowie Maddison

  • Orla Peters


The participants in the second Youth Advisory Group were:  

  • Rowie Maddison

  • Suraya Miah
  • Le’Shaé Woodstock


  • Dr Erzsébet Bukodi - Associate Professor in Quantitative Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention and Professorial Fellow in Sociology, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

  • Dr Richard Garrett - Head of Surveys and Research, FE Analysis Division, Department for Education

  • Prof Steven McIntosh - Professor of Economics, University of Sheffield

  • Dr Paul Newton - Research Chair, Ofqual

  • Dr Alex Wilson - Deputy Director (Digital Services and Data Science), Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education

  • Mr Trevor Murrells, King’s College London


  • Jim Addison - Deputy Director and Lead for Careers and Basic Skills, Department for Education

  • Karen Chouhan - Race Equality Officer, National Education Union

  • Sue Clarke - Qualifications Policy Lead, Department for Education

  • Prof. Harry Daniels - Professor of Education, University of Oxford

  • Anna Darnell - Policy and Partnerships Manager, Youth Futures Foundation

  • Hurbert Ertl - Head of Research, German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). Expert in European education and training policy, comparative education

  • Amanda Fearn  - Development Director, National Youth Agency

  • Catherine Fitzgerald - Research Manager, Youth Futures Foundation

  • Ryan Gibson  - Careers Lead, Academies Enterprise Trust

  • Osman Jama - Founder and Chief Executive, Young Futures

  • Prof. Ewart Keep  - Professor of Education, Training and Skills, University of Oxford

  • Bilal Khan - Organisational Facilitator and Podcaster, Freelance

  • Rabia Lemahieu - Disability and Skill Manager, Disability Rights UK

  • Prof. Lisbeth Lundahl - Professor of Educational Work, Umeå University, Sweden. Expert in comparative education, early school leaving, young people’s school to work transitions

  • Prof. Ruth Lupton - Professor of Education, University of Manchester

  • Prof. Sue Maguire - Honorary Professor, Bath University

  • Sorcha Mahony - Senior Researcher in child poverty, The Children's Society

  • Richard Marsh - Apprenticeship Partnerships Director, Kaplan UK

  • Lauren Mistry - Director of Communications and Operations, Youth Employment UK

  • Iain Murray - Senior Policy Officer, Organisation and Services Department, Trades Union Congress (TUC)

  • Stella Pearson - T-Levels lead, Department for Education

  • Adam Peel - Research Officer, National Youth Agency

  • Michelle Rainbow - Skills Director, North East LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)

  • Charlotte Rainer - Coalition Lead, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition

  • Tebussum (Tebs) Rashid - Deputy Chief Executive, Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG)

  • Holly Rigby - Teacher and Journalist, School 21 & The Guardian

  • Julian Roberts - Head of Employability, Truro and Penwith College

  • Catherine Sezen - Senior Policy Manager - FE, Association of Colleges

  • Eloise Stonborough, Associate Director of Policy and Research at Stonewall

  • Emily Tanner - Head of Research, Careers and Enterprise Company

  • Nicholas (Nic) Trower - Senior Policy Advisor – Education and Skills, CBI