North Herts '06

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Robin Lipscombe – magistrate member of Hertfordshire Police Authority


“I’m delighted to be on the judging panel for the YOPEY Awards. The Awards are a great way to let people know about some of the really exceptional things that young people in Hertfordshire do in their communities. It gives us an opportunity to find out more about the contributions they make and to publicly reward the young people involved.”

Robin Lipscombe has been a member of the Police Authority since 1999 and was Vice Chairman between May 2003 and May 2006. He is...
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Chief Superintendent Gary Kitching is North Herts' police chief and a YOPEY judge

Chief Superintendent Gary Kitching’s experience spans both inner city and rural policing. Having joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 1979 he spent the early years of his career working in Brixton and Tooting and ended up leading MPS Territorial Support Group.

He was promoted to Chief Inspector and transferred to Hertfordshire Constabulary in 1996 and was posted to North Hertfordshire. Gary also led the Constabulary’s Community Safety team.

In 1999 he was promoted to Superintendent

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Air Vice-Marshal Alan Merriman CB CBE AFC & Bar is the Queen's man in Hitchin and a YOPEY judge

"I was evacuated from London on the outbreak of Second World War to a tiny village near Braughing and went to the school now known as Richard Hale. On leaving school, I started two years National Service with the Royal Air Force and decided to make that my career. After completing pilot training at the RAF College Cranwell I became a flying instructor on Meteor jets and a fighter pilot on a Hunter squadron before spending a year as a student at the Empire Test

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Councillor Claire Strong is Chairman of North Herts Council and a YOPEY judge

Councillor Claire Strong is Chairman of North Hertfordshire District Council. This is a non-political role, representing the council at functions and events, although Claire is a member of the council's ruling Conservative Party. She lives in Holwell and represents the ward of Offa.

Cllr Strong said of YOPEY: "A brilliant initiative! Too often you only hear negatives about what young people are up to whereas Yopey does the opposite and recognises the positive contributions that young people make. Everyone

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Councillor Lynn Berry is Mayor of Royston and a YOPEY judge

"As a Royston Town Councillor I was very pleased to attend the first awards evening held at the Royston Town Hall. As an ex-youth worker I can truly appreciate the time given and the selflessness shown by the young people to whome these awards are presented. As Mayor of Royston for 2006/07 I am pleased to have been invited to be one of the judges this year and to attend the presentation evening. I look forward to reading the entries in the near future."

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St John Spencer

St John Spencer is part of the Beadie Group of property companies headquartered at Heath House in Princes Mews, Royston, under the directorship of Mr Milton Nutt.

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Royston & District Round Table

Royston & District Round Table offers an excellent opportunity for meeting new friends from a variety of backgrounds from your own community. Membership enables you to take part in a vast array of new and interesting worthwhile activities. Social events and outings are a core activity of the RT – bringing members and their families together.

Find our more HERE... 

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Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

The Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation is a unique organisation. It owns and manages a 5,300-acre property estate that includes offices, factories, shops, houses, community amenities, farms and land.

The Heritage Foundation assumed the role and responsibilities of a former public sector body called Letchworth Garden City Corporation through an Act of Parliament - the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation Act 1995 – but it is neither a local authority nor in the 'public' sector.

It is an Industrial & Provident Society registered

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North Hertfordshire District Council

North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) aims to make North Hertfordshire a vibrant place to live, work and prosper.

Find out how HERE... 

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Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey is a speciality chemicals company focused on its core skills in catalysts, precious metals and fine chemicals.

The group's principal activities are the manufacture of autocatalysts and pollution control systems, catalysts and components for fuel cells, pharmaceutical compounds, process catalysts and fine chemicals; the refining, fabrication and marketing of precious metals; and the manufacture of colours and coatings for the glass and ceramics industries.

Johnson Matthey has continued to develop its technology for almost 200 years, demonstrating

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