Matthew Otubu, a young trustee for Restless Development and studying towards a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of York, joined our International Board of Trustees for a four year term in July 2015. If you are interested in joining Matthew as a young trustee of Restless Development in the UK, applications are open until Friday 15th January.

Restless Development’s status as a pioneering leader in youth-led advocacy and its commitment to putting young people first were a motivating clarion call to become a Trustee.

I wanted to be a part of the passionate pursuit of sustainable development fuelled by effective public, private and third sector collaboration, which forms part of the principles behind the Restless Development’s Head and Heart values that effectively combine passion with professionalism.

After my time as a youth representative, campaigner and policy-formulator, I am convinced that despite the challenges we currently face, my generation is an integral part of the solutions to the problems we see in our world today.

Matthew Otubu is a former Youth Councillor and Member of Youth Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne. He served on the UK Youth Parliament Steering Committee, and as a Media Spokesperson for the British Youth Council.

Matthew Otubu is a former Youth Councillor and Member of Youth Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne. He served on the UK Youth Parliament Steering Committee, and as a Media Spokesperson for the British Youth Council.

I am thrilled to have joined the Board at such a significant time for Restless Development. It has been an empowering experience to work alongside a passionate team of staff and volunteers as we discuss our Agency’s next steps.

It has also been very inspiring to see and hear of the impact of Restless Development on the ground, with our army of community volunteers who mobilised to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone, as well as at the highest levels of Government, with positive words and actions of support from policy and decision-makers in Whitehall, Washington and New York.

Becoming a Trustee is a decision you will probably never regret, but one you that should also consider well before making the commitment. For me it has been, and continues to be, an invaluable opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of other people, as you help shape the vision and future direction of a meaningful organisation

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