Meet Poppy

Vice Chair, Leadership Team

Bringing experiences from different roles and personal backgrounds. In this weekly story series, we’re asking our senior leaders to take five minutes away out of their day to tell us about their experience, what drives them and who they are outside of the Youth Council. 

Poppy, how would you describe your role in the organisation?

I would describe my role as supporting not only the Chair but all members in the Youth Council to ensure that everyone feels comfortable, respected and has their voice heard in our community to ensure that we are in a position where members are able to shape and improve Newport for Young people.

What are your priorities inside the youth council right now?

My priorities at the moment are creating an environment where all members are able to feel engaged and eager to improve Newport for the better. Another priority is creating and maintaining a good recruitment strategy in order to support the sustainability of NYC.

What are your career aspirations? Did you think you'd ever become Vice Chair?

As cliché as it sounds, I aspire to help people and amplify the voices of people who are far too often forgotten about. I hope to do this through Law or international humanitarian work. I wouldn’t necessarily say I expected to become Vice Chair, however, I do believe I am quite a natural leader and eager to support others where I can.

Which five celebrities, living or dead, would you like to have over for dinner?

Emma Watson, Gloria Steinem, Maya Angelou, Barack Obama and of course, Taylor Swift!

What’s the best or worst thing that has happened to you during the COVID-19 pandemic?

One of the best things to happen to me during this pandemic is that I feel as though I’ve developed a stronger relationship with new and old friends and my family. On the other hand, one of the worst things that has happened was having to force myself to adapt to this massive change, which I found quite daunting.