Bedfordshire '15

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Local dignitaries, sponsors and young people are YOPEY's judges

Below you can read about the sponsors of this YOPEY and some of our dignitary judges.

However these are not all the judges. Every YOPEY since 2006 has been judged by young people as well as 'great and good'. These Youth Judges' opinions and votes are as valid as the adults. The youngest judge's vote is worth the same as the vote of a representative of the Queen!

YOPEY's aim is to have as many Youth Judges on every YOPEY as dignitaries and sponsors. If you are aged from 10-25 and would like to be a Youth Judge, please contact us via our Contact Us form, telling us a little bit about yourself and why you would make a good Youth Judge.

The dignitary judges tend to include a representative of the Queen*, a senior clergy from any religion, a top police officer, the local MP and councillors as well as representatives of the businesses and other organisations sponsoring this YOPEY. We are very grateful for their support.

We ask the dignitaries and sponsors to provide photographs of themselves as young people – as well as today – to

Some of our distinguished judges...

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Judge – Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire


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Helen Nellis was appointed by HM The Queen as the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire in 2012.



She says of young people: "The world in which young people are growing up today seems far more complex that ever before. Yet everywhere I go, I see young people excelling and seizing opportunities to help others and drive our world forward to a better place.



"Youth is a time to explore who you are, and to make a

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Judge – Gavin Shuker MP for Luton South

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Gavin Shuker is the Labour MP for Luton South. First elected as MP in May 2010, Gavin is a born-and-bred Lutonian. He was was educated at two local state schools: Icknield Primary and Icknield High School – and was chosen as Head Boy at the latter. He then attended Luton Sixth Form College before going on to study Social and Political Science at Girton College, Cambridge.

Prior to becoming elected, Gavin worked in his community,

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Judge – Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins

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Kelvin Hopkins has been the MP for Luton North since 1997.

He was born in Leicester in 1941 and grew up in north London and went to university in Nottingham. He joined the Labour Party in 1958 and has campaigned on the doorstep for Labour every year since then.

He has worked in industry, education and for trade unions. He was a Luton councillor for much of the 1970s.

About young people Kelvin said: “Young people are our future and from the

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Judge – Andrew Selous MP for South West Bedfordshire

Andrew was born in 1962 and married Harriet in 1993 and they have three girls. They live in the South West Bedfordshire constituency in Studham near to Whipsnade Zoo.

Andrew is on the council of reference of South Bedfordshire Community Family Trust and is the President of the Leighton Buzzard branch of the Parkinson’s Disease Society and Patron of Leighton-Linslade Homeless Service, Patron of Homestart Central Bedfordshire and Leighton Buzzard Brain Tumour Action. He was a Territorial Army officer for twelve years and served in

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Judge – Colonel Commandant of Army Cadets

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I was born on the Hertfordshire/London boarders in 1960, and educated at University College School London and University of Hertfordshire, writes Chris Sharwood-Smith, Colonel Commandant of the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force.

I spent 36 years working in the public sector before moving to the private sector in 2010. 
 
I run a Training & Resilience Consultancy carrying out contracts for the US State Department,

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Judge – Mayor of Luton

Councillor Dave Taylor was officially appointed as the new Mayor of Luton at a special ‘Mayor making’ ceremony held at the Town Hall in May.

In his inauguration speech, Cllr Taylor said: “I am looking forward to working with the community and following in the footsteps of previous mayors of the town.”

Although born in Sunderland in the North East of England, Cllr Taylor now views himself as a naturalised Lutonian having lived in the town for over 50 years. He attended Ramridge Primary and Stopsley Secondary School and his first

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Judge – youth & ASB officer Hafi Rahman

Hafi Rahman is a Youth and ASB (Anti-Social Behaviour) Intervention Officer at Aldwyck Housing Group. He has experience of working in the Council, Community, Charity, Housing, School, Academy, Social Enterprise and not-for-profit sectors.

He says: I am a JNC Qualified Youth and Community Worker, with over 10 years’ experience in the role. I have experience in managing staff, policy writing, delivering community projects, strategy writing around anti-social behaviour and managing centres.

I demonstrate leadership skills

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Judge – Vice Chair of Central Bedfordshire Council

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Councillor Fiona Chapman represented Aspley Guise and Husborne Crawley on Mid Beds District Council from  1976 till 2009, and has lived in the area for more about 50 years.   

She says: “Having been Leader of the MBDC for 8 years and Chairman for 2, I am now a member of the new Central Bedfordshire Unitary Council for Flitwick.  

“In 2001 I took a year out of active politics and was High Sheriff of Bedfordshire. I was appointed

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Judge – Mayor of Houghton Regis

Councillor Robert Shimmin was born in 1971 and is originally from Ellesmere Port, between Chester and Liverpool. Robert’s family moved to Luton when he was ten. Once in Luton where he attended Halyard High School.

As a child Robert always wanted to be a lorry driver when he grew up. He has achieved this dream working as a lorry driver in fashion distribution! His first job after leaving school was in the spare parts warehouse at Vauxhall Motors.

The Town Mayor has lived in Houghton Regis for 15 years and is married to Barbara. He was

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