Hertfordshire '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 show they were young once!

* The Queen is represented by the Lord Lieutenant of the county in which the YOPEY is held or the Vice Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant. The High Sheriff, who also represents the Queen in legal matters, can also judge.

 

Some of our distinguished judges...

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Judge – Lieutenant Colonel of Beds & Herts Army Cadets, Kan Grover

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Lieutenant Colonel Kan Grover is the Deputy Commandant of Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force.  Kan has served with the cadet and reserve forces for 26 years.  This has primarily been with young people in Hertfordshire since the 1990s.  

Kan was in born in Kingsbury, London and grew up in North West London and Hertfordshire.  After leaving school, he read Law at Queen Mary College, University of

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Judge - Chairman of East Hertfordshire

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Patricia has lived in East Herts since 1964 and was married with two sons.  Her husband and eldest son died a few years ago.  Family life with her surviving son, his wife and granddaughter is very precious to her.

Councillor Moore has an honours degree in Sociology and a Diploma in Counselling with a background in social services where for a time she worked for a GP as the practice counsellor.

In 2011 she became a District and Town Councillor where she

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Judge - Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council

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‘I have lived in Oxhey Park for over 35 years. My first degree is in mathematics and statistics, and I hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration which was taken as a mature student. My professional background is in finance and, while my family were growing up, in teaching. I became a Three Rivers District Councillor in 1988, serving for eight years and Chairing the Environment Committee. I was first elected to the County Council in 1989. I stood down in 2001 to

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Judge - Chairman of Three Rivers

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Councillor Eric Bishop has lived in his ward of Carpenders Park for over 36 years.

He worked in IT for over 30 years designing and implementing both voice and data network.
 
Cllr Eric Bishop then changed career and worked for the Inland Revenue (IR) until he retired nearly two years ago.

He was a Three Rivers District Councillor in the late 90’s for four years but could not re-stand because of the role he was initially undertaking at the IR.

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Judge - High Sheriff of Hertfordshire

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Jonathan Trower is a Managing Director of DC Advisory Limited, a City of London based firm which provides advice to companies and investors on mergers and acquisitions and on raising debt.  He runs the firm’s debt advisory and restructuring practice.

Jonathan’s family have lived in Hertfordshire since at least 1853, which was the year they moved to their current house, Stanstead Bury.  Jonathan was brought up at Stanstead Bury and moved back to the house

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Judge - Chairman of Watford

Kareen Hastrick was born in Glasgow and left aged 6. Her family came to Hertfordshire, and she attended St. Albans High School for Girls.
 
Kareen has worked in a variety of jobs, including video production, most notably as a Technical Author for a software development company and moving on to become a Marketing Communications and Events Manager in an IT Networking Company based in Hemel Hempstead, with branch offices in London, Manchester and Stirling.
 
Kareen entered local politics as a Liberal Democrat in 2006, when she was elected as Councillor

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Judge - Mayor of St Albans

Councillor Salih Gaygusuz was made the 472nd Mayor of St Albans City and District at the Annual Council meeting on 11 June 2015.

His wife, Mrs Maureen Gaygusuz, will be Mayoress for the year.


Salih has lived in St Albans since 1972, serving the residents of Marshalswick South as a District Councillor since 2006. He was re-elected for his third term of office in 2015.


Salih was born on 6 September 1956 in Pekun, Turkey, a village on the path of the famous Silk Road.

His family spent most of their time in the former Greek city of Trabzon

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Judge - Mayor of Stevenage

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Councillor Professor Howard Burrell MA, B.Mus, FRSA, Hon FUH

Son of Salvation Army officers Howard attended seven schools before graduating with a Batchelor of Music degree from Queen’s University Belfast and an MA in Contemporary Music Analysis from Nottingham University.

He was then appointed to Norwich City College to start music activities, both recreational and academic.

After three and a half successful years he moved to The Hatfield Polytechnic, now the University

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Judge - Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland

Stephen McPartland was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Stevenage in May 2010's general election. He has a keen interest in education, health, small business and science and technology.

In his first term as an MP, Stephen has secured over £300 million from the Government for infrastructure investment in Stevenage for housing, schools and the Lister hospital, which will benefit residents of the constituency and the surrounding areas. He is also leading a campaign for a satellite Radiotherapy Unit to be based at the Lister

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