IYW announces winning candidates

18 Dec 2014

Following an online election, the three certified members elected to the Institute for Youth Work’s council have been announced.

The election, which was for certified members only – those with a recognised JNC endorsed professional qualification – saw nine candidates put themselves forward for the three roles available on the IYW council, the body that steers and governs the Institute for Youth Work.

The newly-elected representatives are:


Charlee Bewsher

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Charlee has over 20 years’ experience as a front line youth worker and multi disciplinary team manager, in a range of both statutory and voluntary settings across the UK. She currently works for the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Youth Work Unit. Charlee says, “I’m really pleased to be able to support youth work and youth workers, through the development of a new professional body, that I hope can both represent and offer support to youth workers at all stages in their careers.”



Adam Muirhead

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Adam’s 12 year career in youth work has spanned the statutory sector, the private sector and community and voluntary sector which has helped him to empathise and readily advocate for all forms of youth work, including the faith and uniformed sectors. Adam says, “The pressure is really on for youth work and youth workers and the impact for young people nationally is being felt intensely. I really hope that by working with the IYW and our partners we can help affect positive changes that make a real difference to people’s lives.”



Esther Horner


Esther has been a professional youth worker for 12 years and has worked across statutory, private and voluntary sectors. She is currently director of operations at Kinetic, which deliver youth services to young people across the UK. Esther says, “This is an exciting time for the IYW and the youth work sector.

“I am proud to advocate for my colleagues and peers on issues that are of utmost importance. Now is the time to pull together and fight for the recognition we deserve as professionals.  Thank you for the confidence you have placed in me, I promise I will give everything to the cause. Together we can show everyone just how integral youth work is to all our communities and how it can hold the answers to some very difficult questions being asked.”


The first meeting of the new representatives will be in February 2015 where they will establish priorities for the next twelve months’ activity.

Meanwhile elections for the other three membership categories; students, volunteers and members, will take place in January 2015.

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