James Cathcart: Director, Consultant, Coach and Mentor. Former CEO of the British Youth Council / UK Youth Parliament, and Head of Target Groups/Mentoring at the Prince’s Trust. James brings over 35 senior-level and front-line experience to our offer of one-to-one coaching and mentoring support to all-age Chief Executives, Chairs, Trustees, Managers and staff, as well as aspiring Young Leaders. 

His interest in empowering young people as active citizens has developed from a career spanning youth work, juvenile justice and social work (as a qualified Carer/Social Worker/Probation Officer). This progressed to training, management and international development, working for several national charities including the National Children’s Bureau and the Prince’s Trust where he developed and rolled out a new national mentoring programme for young people leaving care. Author of Look Beyond the Label, and Mentoring Standards and Procedures. 

He is strong advocate of youth-voice, campaigning in support of young people’s right to be heard and acted upon. He also promotes youth volunteering and is a subject specialist on mentoring and currently volunteers for the #iwill youth social action campaign coaching youth-led start-ups and campaigns. He is a member and essay-judge for the Royal Commonwealth Society. He is an Ambassador of the British Citizens Awards and Trustee of the charity Young Citizens.

Born in Northern Ireland, educated at Durham/Southampton universities, but now living in Kent, James likes music, flying, travelling and tweeting as editor of @YVH_YouthVoice and @JamesCatChats.

 When I took a one-year career break/sabbatical from being the Chief Executive of the British Youth Council/UK Youth Parliament in 2017, I realised there was so much more that could be done to bring together young people wanting to have say with those wanting to listen to them, Inspired by, and still advised by a group of young leaders and alumni of the charities and partners that I’ve worked with, I decided to do something to bring about our shared vision to promote greater youth participation in society and public life – in the boardroom, in communities and in the media – as well as starting a campaign for reforms that would embed youth voice in our national institutions. Initially working as self-employed consultant to subsidise pro bono work, I have since broadened the Youth Voices Heard portfolio to include not-for-profit projects, as a Social Enterprise”  In the words of young people – “Listen to us, work with us, invest in us” James.

Photo: National Youth Agency -Training Day