2015 UK TOYP Honorees

In alphabetical order, the 2015 UK final Ten Outstanding Young Persons were awarded to


Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership.

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Whilst at University in Winchester Luke was inspired to set up a branch of Rotary Rotaract. Through Rotaract Luke arranged Charity collections for the Philippines Hurricane disaster, End Polio Now and Children in Need and collaborated with other young people in similar organizations –to establish a charity Sports Day, a music festival for Oxfam, a direct-action approach to homelessness and various events for a local children’s hospice.

Luke attended a PeaceJam Conference in Monaco at which he facilitated a drama workshop for teenagers on Conflict Resolution and also met and engaged in discussion with Nobel Peace leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Returning from the Conference Luke established a PeaceJam institute at the University in September 2014 and organised the first conference in March 2015 to which around 80 young people from around the world interacted with 22 student facilitators as well as the Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams.

Twitter: @LukeeAddison



Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment.

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Lewis Bowen is the founder of AIR (previously known as Geco Industries), a cleaner fuel company set up to make alternative energy affordable and accessible. Having entrepreneurial spirit since a very young age, Bowen incorporated AIR on the same day of his last exam at Sheffield Hallam University. His idea was to create a business that can change the way the world uses fuel, tackling the challenge of 2 million deaths a year from indoor air pollution.

Lewis always had a hunger for business, from the age of 12 when selling cans of fizzy drink to his schools friends at 5p less than the canteen and making £40 profit a week. At the age of 15 he started a merchandising business and later employed six people to then start a short term telemarketing business that ran for three months to help provide jobs to friends who needed work during university. It was during a placement year that he realised how business could be a force for change and set about creating a product that could encourage this change.

Air’s inaugural products – a bio-ethanol gel fuel and spirit fuel – were created to overcome the dangers of harmful and toxic fuels. In just over 2 years the team secured orders from the entire Outdoor Industry (Go Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Cotswolds outdoor, Ellis Brigham etc) and are now recommended by The Scouting Association, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and 3 of the UKs largest festivals (Leeds, Reading and Latitude).

Four years into the project and the company is launching its latest product, the LightMe Bio-oil Candle. Released in response to EU plans to ban the use of paraffin liquid in candles and lamp oils in 2016, a listing has already been secured with the two of the largest wholesale retailers.



Moral and/or Environmental leadership.

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Jane Burston is Head of Climate and Environment at the National Physical Laboratory, the UK's national measurement institute. She manages the Environment Division, a team of over 90 scientists who deliver metrology research and scientific R&D for government and commercial stakeholders, in gas metrology, trace analysis, emissions monitoring, atmospheric metrology, earth observation and optical metrology. Jane also manages the Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL, which represents all of the climate change and low carbon technology across the lab.

Jane is a Trustee of the campaigning NGO Sandbag, a board member of the Natural Environment Research Council’s London Doctoral Training Programme, and a member of the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Urbanisation.


Jane has received a number of recognitions for this work, including being named one of the ’40 under 40 European Young Leaders’ by Friends of Europe and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Jane was shortlisted in the final 20 of the global TOYP competition

Twitter: @NPL (for the National Physical Laboratory)




Personal improvement and/or accomplishment.

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Sophie first started playing wheelchair basketball in September 2010 after having a severe car accident at the age of 18 which left her with life threatening injuries, fighting for her life and also paralysis. Her doctors believed it was a miracle that she survived at all.

Within three years of starting to play Wheelchair Basketball she represented Great Britain in the European championships, her first international tournament and then was selected as the team Captain for the World Championships in Canada last year.

Sophie says that she is challenged every day in my life by being a wheelchair user and having to constantly adapt what she does but is excited by challenges and so can’t imagine her life any other way now. 



Personal improvement and/or accomplishment.

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Alice Driver is a theatre producer who uses her experience that she has gained in the West End of London and combined this with her previous life within training and development to deliver theatre productions and projects to inspire and develop individuals. For the last five years she has utilised this to support the recovery of Wounded British soldiers alongside the MOD and the Royal British Legion. This was a first for the MOD and since then the work has been seen by 50,000 audience members around the UK and Canada, won the Amnesty Award for Freedom of Expression and had a BBC1 documentary made of the work, Theatre of War, but most importantly it has helped to change the lives and support the recovery of over 200 soldiers and veterans.



Moral and/or Environmental leadership.

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Zaf is a Community Liaison Officer at South and City College. He is a Pride Of Birmingham Award Winner and a National Diversity Award Winner. His passion is to change lives and he has 13000 youths signed up for his academy. Youths who lacked direction in life and were engaged in crime.

In June Zaf was awarded the British Empire Medal after being nominated by Prime Minister David Cameron for setting up All 4 Youth And Community and other initiatives.

Zaf was shortlisted in the final 20 of the global TOYP competition.

Twitter: @All4YouthCIC



Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs.

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Matthew Otubu serves as a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the International NGO and youth-led development agency, Restless Development. He is a 2014 Global Scholar at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, as well as an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He is a UNICEF UK Children’s Champion, and an #iwill Ambassador for Step Up To Serve, a national campaign led by HRH Prince of Wales - and endorsed by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition - to increase the number of young people involved in meaningful social action by 50% by the year 2020. He also sits on the Step Up To Serve Business Pioneer Representative Group.

Matthew previously served as elected Youth Councillor for Newcastle Central; Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Newcastle upon Tyne; UK Youth Parliament Procedures Group (PG) Representative for the North East of England; Media Spokesperson for the British Youth Council; General Officer at Newcastle College Students’ Union; and Electoral Commission Independent Election Observer to the 2014 Scottish Referendum on Independence.

Twitter: @MatthewOtubu



Personal improvement and/or accomplishment.

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Nathaniel Peat is multi-award winning entrepreneur, and international professional. He is the co-founder of GeNNex a renewable energy company operating in Africa and the Caribbean, CEO of The Safety Box and also Chairman of JamIn UK. In 2008 he was a winner to the BBC The Last Millionaire and was the first double award winner in the Daily Mail Enterprising Young Brits Awards. As a seasoned business person with an international business, he has been recognised in 2011 Powerful Media’s/JP Morgan Black Power List (under 40's), The Observer Courvoisier Future 500 List. An Engineering graduate of Brunel University he was awarded the Alumnus of the year in 2011. Nathaniel has represented as a youth delegate to several international global summits including the G20 YEA and ones within Europe. In 2013, Peat was invited to become a fellow (FRSA) and was the winner of the UPF Youth Achievement Award. In 2015 was invited to a special leadership gathering on Necker Island where he spent a week with Sir Richard Branson, was awarded the 2015 JCi TYOP Award and was a finalist in the British Black Business Awards. Nathaniel is a Board member & Trustee to the EY (Ernst & Young) Foundation, a qualified Pilot and has a passion for youth development.



Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership.

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Eliza Rebeiro founded the charity LIVES NOT KNIVES at the age of just 14 as a campaign to make people aware of the dangers of knife crime. It has since moved towards supporting young people into education, employment and training.

Lives not Knives works with a broad range of young people up to the age of 24, as well as a great number of local businesses – forging the connection between young people and prospective employers. The charity aims to assist young people by developing their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.

Twitter: @livesnotknives/@elizamargarite - Please @ both if possible




Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment. 

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Vikas started his first business aged just 14, he’s since been the founder and CEO of a number of successful ventures, and currently has interests in textiles, commodities trading, brands, film production and consulting. He is also Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship with MIT Sloan on one of the world’s most prestigious MBA programmes, and holds board seats on a number of government, private and public sector panels, managing £ billions in assets. Vikas is an award winning writer, and now spends about one third of his total time actively working in philanthropy, and works with charities around the world.

Twitter: @MrVikas 




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