The UK’s first Future Generations Commission has officially launched. It brings together experts and passionate young people from across the UK to share success stories and show what’s possible when we work together.

About

The UK-wide Future Generations Commission, established by the Today For Tomorrow Campaign, promotes the principles of the Bill to the general public and to Government.

Each of the four nations of the UK is represented on the Commission by two individuals: someone working in the field as well as a young person.

You can see who they all are below:

Scotland

Jimmy Paul – Jimmy lives in Scotland and is the Director of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) Scotland. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He was previously a co-chair at the Independent Care Review which resulted in the creation of The Promise. His own personal experiences of growing up in a disadvantaged community and latterly in England’s ‘care system’ are a key driver of his passion and work.

Denisha Killoh – Denisha is 22 years old and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Currently, Denisha is the Lead of the Scottish Government funded National Childhood Bereavement Project delivered by includem and volunteers at WEAll Scotland. She has dedicated her personal and professional life to tackling the root causes of inequality to create a fairer, socially just society.

 

Northern Ireland

Aideen McGinley – Aideen lives in Enniskillen and brings extensive experience in both the community and voluntary sector as well as with local and central Government. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Carnegie UK Trust which aims to improve wellbeing by influencing public policy and changing lives through innovative practice and partnerships.

Matthew Devine – Matthew lives in Derry and is 18 years old. He’s been involved in a number of groups and organisations mainly based within the Derry City and Strabane District. These include the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities and Communities as well Northern Ireland’s first youth led Participatory Budgeting Programme “Youth Making it Happen.” He has a keen passion and understanding of politics, having studied it at A-level and also at local level as a member of the youth council: the Northwest Ministry of Youth.

 

Wales

Sophie Howe – Sophie lives in Cardiff and is the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, appointed in 2016. She had previously been a local councillor and worked as a special political advisor and deputy police and crime commissioner. Most recently, she was included in the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power list 2020.

Bleddyn Harris – Bleddyn lives in Barry, is 28, and is an organisational development specialist. A graduate of Wales’ Future Generations Leadership Academy, Bleddyn is also recognised on the Pinc List as one of the most influential LGBTQ+ people in Wales and is the Chair and Editor of [LGBTQYMRU.wales]LGBTQYMRU.

 

England

Roman Krznaric – Roman lives in Oxford and is a public philosopher who has been involved in the Today for Tomorrow campaign for some time, and participated in the workshops that were used to redraft the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill. He writes about the power of ideas to change society and his latest book is The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short Term World.

Anita Okunde – Anita lives in Manchester, is 17 years old and is Girl Up Manchester President and Founder. Her focus is on the climate crisis and intersectionality, and is a member of a number of groups and organisations which work in that area. She’s been involved in the Today for Tomorrow campaign for some time, having been a panellist during our engagement week (named Wellbeing Week) with MPs in January 2021.

Please post on social media to invite your MP to the parliamentary launch of the Today for Tomorrow campaign’s report, presented by the Future Generations Commission. If you’re stuck on what you could write, something along the lines of the below would work perfectly!

I’m supporting @simonfell & @johnbirdswords’ #FutureGenerations Bill, which aims to tackle the climate, pandemics & poverty head on – but it needs your help to pass! Please visit www.bigissue.com/t4t/ today, to invite your MP to @BigIssue’s virtual parliamentary report on 30th June