Thrilled to be named as one of JCI UK’s ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’

November 28, 2016

On Friday (November 25) I ventured over the Pennines to Manchester, for a very special lunch date!

I was thrilled to have been named as one of the UK Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCI UK) ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ for 2016.

I received my award – for Business/Economic/Entrepreneurial Accomplishment – at Manchester’s Elliot House during the JCI UK’s national convention.


Another Barnsley-born lady, the lovely Selina Wray PhD, a Senior Research Fellow at UCL, was named in the TOYP list for Scientific and/or technological development.was also a TOYP winner, for for Scientific and/or technological development.

To say I was honoured to be nominated alongside such fantastic people was an understatement! I would like to thank all those people who felt I was worthy of such an accolade, particularly those at JCI Barnsley!



The JCI is a place to develop leadership skills, meet inspiring people and make an impact in the local community. It is a global, not-for-profit organisation for 18 to 40-year-olds, run by its members for its members. JCI’s mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change. JCI members are from many different backgrounds, cultures and professions, but all share common values and passion to develop themselves and support and improve their communities.

The JCI UK has local chambers around the country and activities are organised local, regionally and nationally.


The JCI TOYP awards serves to formally recognise young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. The honorees motivate their peers to seek excellence and serve others. Their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better society.

The full list for the 2016 JCI UK Ten Outstanding Young Persons can be seen here:

  • The UK honorees are also entered into the global TOYP competition. A panel of international judges select the final 20 and these are then put to a public vote during the month of August. The final 10 are selected by a public vote (accounting for 35% of the final score) and a panel of international judges (accounting for 65% of the final score). The final 10 of the global competition are usually announced on 31st August.