About us

Who we are

Young Advisors are young people aged between 15 and 24, who show community leaders how to engage young people in community life, local decision-making and improving services. They also work with business leaders, bringing unique expertise and knowledge about being young to influence strategic planning, decision-making and marketing.

The Young Advisors network is managed by a central charity, which brings the network of social franchises across the UK cohesion and support.

Click here to see highlights of the social impact Young Advisors had in 2014

What we believe


  • Emmanuel
    Emmanuel Kwakye
    Emmanuel joined the board in 2014, having previously been a Youth Councillor, Head Boy of his school, and a leader in a youth group attended by over 150 young people at a time. Emmanuel is currently an undergraduate at Derby University, studying Civil Engineering - and aiming for a first!

    Emmanuel’s hobbies are dancing, reading and spoken word.

The Team

Watch this space!


  • Kev
    Kevin Jones
    Training Associate
    Kevin's our man in youth work - he's had 25 years of experience in the field in a variety of sectors, and teaches occasionally at Bolton University.

    He's also a great trainer who you may be lucky enough to get if you're nice enough to us.
  • Mary
    Mary McGuigan
    Communications Associate
    A lover of language and storytelling, Mary has over 16 years communication experience in financial services, retail and the third sector. Her skills include internal communication, marketing, event planning and PR.

    A professional Mancunian and self-confessed geek she loves very hot curry, sci-fi, immersing herself in literature and tearing around the countryside with her rescue pups.
  • Rich
    Richard Wall
    Training Associate
    Rich has taught in schools, advised business start-ups, led outdoor residentials, and loves writing and delivering training. He also spent 7 years working on the stand-up comedy circuit.

    Now based in the Midlands, he spends his spare time running, writing, eating, and putting on comedy gigs in weird places.