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Mayor Andy Burnham supports Youth Leadership Passport

14 Feb 2019
Youth Passport Session 2

Mayor Andy Burnham shares promising vision for Greater Manchester's future leaders in session two of Youth Leadership Passport programme.


The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) North West branch - in partnership with Bolton CDP and Youth Charter - recently held an event for young people aged 16 – 25 designed to encourage young potential leaders from Greater Manchester's African diaspora. Mayor Andy Burnham was a VIP guest for the day, speaking alongside Eve Holt, Co-Lead Parliament Project North and Zoe Cohen, Executive Coach, Shine Coaching and Consultancy. Leaders from the IoD also offered a contribution, with words from Manchester Chair, Sharon Amesu, North West Regional Director, Claire Ebrey and Regional Chair, Mike Blackburn. 

The key objective of the programme is to give young people development opportunities and experiences to grow their confidence and provide skills to advance their careers and support a thriving North West region.  


Claire Ebrey, Regional Director at IoD North West & Isle of Man added, ''We know that women are still under-represented in senior roles. Black and Minority Ethnic leaders are also under-represented. I see it as a key role for the IoD, as the organisation for leaders across all sectors, to do whatever we can to try to shift this balance and reap the rewards for our region. And this starts with the younger generation, we need to ensure that the leaders of the future represent all of our communities, and recognise that additional energy needs to go into chronically under-represented communities to help bring about change.’’

Rebecca Halliday, Communications Marketing Assistant for the North West branch, commented: “It was an amazing event, starting with presentations on the topic of politics and breakout sessions which invited the attendees to discuss issues and ideas they wanted to raise with Mayor Andy Burnham in the Q&A.’’

“All attendees offered such a great contribution, addressing areas such as; transport costs, youth clubs, cultural differences, discrimination and other issues surrounding schools. The delegates were keen to express their opinions and it was a very enlightening event in which everyone took something positive away with them.”

Event delegate, Esther Udom, commented on the day: “It’s been amazing, actually mind blowing, educational and informative. I’m going to attend every single event – it’s one of a kind!”

David Benzoe, also a delegate, added his comment: “It’s been very interesting to learn about how to brand yourself as a person and to know exactly what your purpose in life is. It’s been a very motivating day, I’m leaving feeling really inspired and hopeful for what’s to come.”

The next Leadership Passport event - starting your own business will be held on May 10th 2019 at The Old School House in Manchester. We welcome any IoD members who wish to attend, especially for networking, but also to support the break-out sessions, and in case they might wish to offer the young people paid work experience.

You can book on or find out more on our event page here or email Lauren Mullan.



For more information, please contact

0161 806 0890 

North West

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab


IoD North West

XYZ Building
2 Hardman Blvd, 
Manchester 
M3 3AQ