2016 UK TOYP Honorees
In alphabetical order, the 2016 UK final Ten Outstanding Young Persons were awarded to
Jazeem Abdul Hameed, CEO/Founder of Jazah Group
Personal improvement and/or accomplishment.
In 2015, Jazeem was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (IOEE) for his active role in popularising entrepreneurship amongst migrant students and communities in the UK. He is also the youngest person to receive Fellowship with the Institute of Administrative Management (InstAM-UK). Jazeem has published several essays and articles to popularise science, humanitarianism and entrepreneurship in Sri Lankan newspapers. Whilst still in education, Jazeem received the Best Science Communicator Award from the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS).
Cllr Hashim Bhatti, Councillor of Clewer North Ward
Hashim co-founded London’s first Interfaith Summit. Amidst a climate of fear, he brought different faith groups together by creating a space where people could engage and air their frustrations in a bid to build better relations between communities. The honouree is currently on the US Embassy’s Future Young Leaders programme, a member of the Patchwork Foundation, the Conservative Future Area Chairman in Berkshire, and Chair of the Three Faiths Forum Alumni Network. As a global ambassador for CARE Pakistan, Hashim has helped raise more than £10,000 for underprivileged Pakistani children by playing in football and cricket tournaments. He is currently organising the first cross-party interfaith youth delegation to Israel & Palestine, with the aim of tackling global issues.
Hannah is Director of The Great Escape Game (Sheffield’s first live escape room experience), and regularly speaks at events for young entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and SMEs. By applying a democratic leadership style, Hannah gives each employee responsibilities and encourages her staff to get involved with business and marketing ideas for the future. Since opening, The Great Escape Game has attracted thousands of attendees; their bookings totalled 17,000 last year. The attraction was voted number 1 for ‘Fun and Games’ on TripAdvisor within a few months of opening (maintaining this position for the last 18 months) and is able to host groups of deaf and blind customers.
Caroline is a cofounder and Director of Harmless, a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families, and professionals. She is also a qualified humanistic and CBT psychotherapist, delivering direct therapeutic help to people who self harm. A passionate public speaker and independent accredited CPD trainer in the field of mental health, Caroline speaks broadly about the topic in academic settings and user forums. She is studying towards her PhD in Psychology and is involved in a significant number of national projects to improve services and overcome the stigma for those who self harm.
Zara started working on her clothing brand, ‘Keep it Bright,’ when she was just 16. In almost 9 years, she has gained 71,000+ followers online, from all over the world. Zara leads positive workshops, and has received thousands of emails, letters and messages from people telling her that she has helped them get through tough times. In 2012, Zara was nominated for the Daiai Lama’s Compassion Award; the following year, she was nominated for the Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen of the Year Award.
Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment.
Eve is an award-winning Barnsley entrepreneur who created the company ‘Barmy Bunting’ when she was only 14 years old. Her achievements include winning joint runner-up at the national Making Business Happen Awards, being named in the Northern Power Women Top Future 50 list, and seeing her bunting on the set of Coronation Street. Eve is also involved with ‘Ambition Barnsley,’ an events-based project that enables people to learn about businesses and employment opportunities in the area.
Matthew Naz Mahmood-Ogston, Founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation
In 2014, Matt set up the Naz and Matt Foundation following the sad loss of his fiancé, Naz, who took his own life after his deeply religious family confronted him about his sexuality. The Foundation aims to empower and support LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex) individuals to work towards resolving challenges linked to sexuality, particularly where religion is heavily influencing the situation. The Foundation’s first, large event – a 150 mile, 8 day walk dubbed, ‘The Journey to Find Acceptance’ – raised £12,000.
Sajid Rashid BEM, Aeronautical Mechanical Engineer at Rolls-Royce
Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership.
Sajid received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for outstanding community and charity work, and is one of the youngest honourees to be recognised in the New Year’s Honours List 2016. He began his voluntary work with the Staffordshire Youth Service and won particular praise for regenerating the Uxbridge Community Centre. A qualified pilot, Sajid skydived over the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai to raise money for those affected by the troubles in Gaza and Palestine, and parachuted over Nottingham to help those hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Overall, he raised around £10,000.
David Weir, Paralympic Athlete
Born without the use of his legs, David defied his limitations to become a great wheelchair racer and national hero. As a 6-time Paralympic gold medal winner and 6-time London Marathon winner, his achievements are truly exceptional. Motivated to increase recognition and opportunities for disabled athletes, David co-founded The Weir Archer Academy in 2013. Through The Academy, David passes on his knowledge, experience and enjoyment of sport to the next generation of disabled athletes. As well as providing expertise for schools and clubs in the South East of England, the Academy provides access and development opportunities for under-resourced countries.
Dr Selina Wray, PhD, Senior Research Fellow at UCL
Scientific and/or technological development.
For the past decade, Selina has dedicated her career to research into dementia, which affects 850,000 people in the UK. She has contributed significantly to both research and public engagement, advancing knowledge of the disease and increasing awareness amongst the public. Selina took part in policy briefings for the Department of Health ahead of the G8 Dementia summit, and was one of the few basic scientists to attend the G8 Dementia legacy meeting. Committed to removing barriers that prevent female progression in STEM subjects, Selina is also a mentor for the Southbank Centre’s ‘International Day of the Girl’ scheme.