Local dignitaries, sponsors and young people are YOPEY's judges
Below you can read about the sponsors of this YOPEY and some of our dignitary judges.
However these are not all the judges. Every YOPEY since 2006 has been judged by young people as well as 'great and good'. These Youth Judges' opinions and votes are as valid as the adults. The youngest judge's vote is worth the same as the vote of a representative of the Queen!
YOPEY's aim is to have as many Youth Judges on every YOPEY as dignitaries and sponsors. If you are aged from 10-25 and would like to be a Youth Judge, please contact us via our Contact Us form, telling us a little bit about yourself and why you would make a good Youth Judge.
The dignitary judges tend to include a representative of the Queen*, a senior clergy from any religion, a top police officer, the local MP and councillors as well as representatives of the businesses and other organisations sponsoring this YOPEY. We are very grateful for their support.
We ask the dignitaries and sponsors to provide photographs of themselves as young people – as well as today – to show they were young once!
* The Queen is represented by the Lord Lieutenant of the county in which the YOPEY is held or the Vice Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant. The High Sheriff, who also represents the Queen in legal matters, can also judge.
From GCSE resits to owner of accountancy firm
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The owner of the firm liked what he did in the workplace and offered him a part-time job on his non-college days.
On leaving college in 1994 Justin was offered a full-time job and embarked on the ACCA professional scheme whilst working, studying at evenings and weekends.
On completion of his
Welwyn Hatfield mayor comes from Wales
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Stevenage mayor knows about young people
Born in Castleford, Yorkshire, the eldest of three sons of a Headmaster. Jack Pickersgill served in the Royal Navy for a number of years during which time, married his late wife Betty Cullen. After leaving the Navy, he lived in London working for De Havilland and subsequently transferred within the company to Stevenage in 1958.
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Chairman of North Herts council joins judges
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Whilst raising her family of four children with her husband Edward in Old Knebworth, Jane was attracted by the cause of local politics, seeing it as an opportunity to get involved in the
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North Hertfordshire District Council
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