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


  • Mike
    Mike Collins
    Mike is proud to be one of Young Advisors’ founder trustees. After twenty years’ schools experience - including as Deputy Head - he now works for the National College for Teaching and Leadership, working with headteachers to improve leadership in schools, develop future teachers and headteachers, and enable schools to collaborate on improving their work.

    Mike is also a keen musician, plays regularly with his jazz trio, and enjoys cinema and reading when he finds time.
  • Anton
    Anton Draper
    Vice Chair
    Anton has been a Young Advisors trustee since 2007. He works at the Department for Communities and Local Government on neighbourhood planning. His previous roles have covered policy on neighbourhood renewal, empowerment and integration and managing legislation through Parliament.

    Anton enjoys sport in his spare time and supports Nottingham Forest FC.
  • 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.
  • Kieran
    Kieran Maher
    Kieran joined Young Advisors in 2012 at the age of 15, and became a trustee in 2013. Kieran takes an active role in his community is regularly involved in decision making and community action, mentoring, community safety and empowerment for young people.

    In his spare time, Kieran plays in a band, writes scripts and makes films.
  • Ellie
    Ellie McMahon
    Vice Chair (teams)
    Ellie has a Level 2 Qualification in youth work and loves supporting Sheffield Futures as an Involvement Worker. Her aspiration is to become a full-time youth worker, working with vulnerable young people or young offenders.
    Ellie likes being organised, talking on the phone and Minnie Mouse. She has a little boy called Lewis who is the light of her life.
  • Kemoy
    Kemoy Walker
    A positive role model in his community, Kemoy has many different roles across Manchester, including as a youth worker and community Ambassador. Kemoy work has earned many awards over the years, the latest being a 2015 award for services to young people in the Moss Side community.

    Kemoy’s other skills include DJing and entertainment, and he has set up a performing arts group called KYSO.

The Team

  • Collette
    Collette Allen
    Office and Finance Manager
    Originally hailing from Stockport, Collette has worked across all sectors but primarily in the public sector. Collette is a qualified accounting technician and internal auditor and, as Office and Finance Manager for Young Advisors, is responsible for managing both finances and facilities.

    As an avid fan of motown and northern soul Collette enjoys going to an event. Reading and swimming are among her other interests.
  • Elizabeth Logan
    Elizabeth Logan
    Development Associate
  • Steggles
    Linda Steggles
    Chief Executive Officer


  • 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.