Meet the EY Foundation Youth Panel
The EY Foundation is proud to introduce you to our very first Youth Panel which launched in December 2015. The Panel represents the voice of young people by constructively challenging and supporting stakeholders. Its members hope to act as role models to inspire change and innovation, and influence strategy and its implementation.
Chris Achiampong (Chair)
Hi I’m Chris. I currently work in sales at IBM. I’d describe myself as a friendly and determined individual, and I’m really passionate about social mobility and invest a lot of my time in mentoring and motivating young people. I am also a governor at the primary school I attended. In my spare time, I enjoy playing football, and I’m a massive Arsenal fan! I think I’m a big team player (unless you're a Tottenham fan!), and have the ability to work with, and understand the needs of, a wide spectrum of people. I hope chairing the Youth Panel will give me the opportunity to drive real change for disadvantaged young people
Louise Coles (Deputy Chair)
I am currently in my second year at Egglescliffe Sixth Form, in the North East of England, studying English Literature, History and Maths. Outside of my studies I tutor Maths at GCSE, helping the youngest students at my school with their reading. I also enjoy learning Spanish. I am a confident speaker and critical thinker, and can work very well in a team. I was inspired to join the Youth Panel because I am passionate about supporting other young people, and furthering the social mobility agenda.
Hi I’m Laura and I am currently on EY’s graduate scheme. I’ve been volunteering for the EY Foundation since 2014 helping deliver the Accelerate programme for young social entrepreneurs. I am passionate about charitable giving, which I’ve been active in since university. By joining the Youth Panel I hope to continue that work and inspire social change.
I am passionate about helping young people, and before joining EY in Glasgow I spent four years as a youth worker in the city. I have learnt fist hand about the challenges young people face in one of the most deprived areas of the UK, and what interventions can work – including mentoring. I joined the Youth Panel to support other young people, and use the skills and insights I’ve gained through the Smart Futures programme and my career so far, for social good.
I am currently in my second year of the EY Advisory graduate programme. As a consultant I mostly work with Local Authorities to help them deliver their services despite ongoing funding cuts. Outside work I enjoy running (I just finished my first half-marathon), cooking with friends, and cycling. I joined the Youth Panel because I’ve been inspired in my role as an EY Foundation volunteer by the charity’s great work. I feel I am a strategic thinker, and I’m able to identify potential issues early and quickly find solutions. I hope to apply those skills in this new role.
I joined EY’s Restructuring department in September 2013 on the School Leaver programme. My time at EY began on the EY Foundation’s Smart Futures programme in summer 2013, and I am part-way through my ICAEW ACA qualification to become a chartered accountant. Since joining EY I’ve been very involved with the events and schemes run by the EY Foundation, and as a twenty year old working in the financial industry, I want to be able to share my experiences and give business insight to the Youth Panel.
I’m Zarah, and I’m currently in my second year of A levels at Trinity Academy Halifax. I’m really enjoying my role as Deputy Head Girl and coaching the U17’s netball team. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and I’m a keen football supporter. I feel that my strong inter-personal skills, combined with an ability to work well under pressure, have enabled me to make the most of some fantastic opportunities, hopefully with many more to come. It is a privilege to be a part of the EY Foundation Youth Panel and I am excited to see what the opportunity will bring.
I’m Terri, and if I had to describe myself I’d say I have a ‘go for it’ attitude, never short on ideas and always keen to learn! I am currently a first year student at University of Salford studying Biochemistry, and a member of the equestrian society. Off-campus I enjoy attending lectures outside my studies. I’ve held various roles at Young Enterprise over the 2 years I have been working with them, and I’ve volunteered as a mentor to one of Young Enterprise’s Company Programme teams. I’m currently involved in a leadership programme run by Uprising on social action. I am also an alumnus from the 2014 Manchester Smart Futures programme, so I’m excited to join the Youth Panel and give my insights to the young people the EY Foundation supports.