New Year’s Honours: Charlotte Hill, Matthew Otubu and Matt Hyde recognised

We are very pleased to see the recognition given to Charlotte Hill, #iwill Ambassador Matthew Otubu, and Step Up To Serve Trustee Matt Hyde in the 2020 New Year’s Honours. We would also like to congratulate Mete Coban MBE, Christine Hodgson CBE, Graham Razey OBE and Sir Simon Stevens, for their achievement and to thank them for their ongoing support for the campaign.

Matthew Otubu, 24, has been awarded a BEM for for voluntary service to young people and communities in this country and Africa. Matthew has served on the UK Youth Parliament and as a commissioner for the National Citizen Service Trust. Matthew joined the #iwill campaign as an Ambassador in 2014 – you can read his full profile here.

Step Up To Serve Trustee, Matt Hyde, CEO of Scouts, has been given an OBE for his work with young people. Formerly Chief Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS), Matt has undertaken a number of leadership roles in the charity sector. You can read more about Matt’s career here.

Charlotte Hill has been awarded an OBE for services to young people. She became Chief Executive of Step Up to Serve, the time-limited charity that coordinates the #iwill campaign, in April 2014. Under her leadership, the campaign has grown from strength to strength:

  • Over 1,000 organisations have pledged to the campaign, from an initial fifty at its launch
  • £70m+ of funding for youth social action has been secured through the #iwill Fund
  • 300 inspirational #iwill Ambassadors from across the UK now represent the campaign
  • Due to campaign lobbying, youth voice and leadership has now been embedded into strategies and frameworks of NHS England, Defra, Ofsted and the DfE
  • More schools and more hospitals are embedding youth social action into their culture and practice
  • £500m of Government funding has been secured for youth services due to collective lobbying by #iwill campaign youth-sector partners

Charlotte is currently on maternity leave and will be returning to Step Up To Serve in Spring 2020. Prior to joining the #iwill campaign, she had been Chief Executive of UK Youth. Charlotte also worked for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) as their Parliamentary Advisor.

Charlotte Hill said:

‘I’m honoured and humbled to receive this award. Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow. They have the energy, talent and ideas to change the world today. So all the credit goes to them, to my wonderful colleagues at Step Up To Serve, and to the brilliant organisations I have had the joy of working with who are committed to growing the power of youth.’

Sir Nick Parker, Chair of Step Up To Serve, said:

‘Huge congratulations to Charlotte for her much deserved OBE. Her inspirational leadership of Step Up To Serve and the #iwill campaign over the last six years has been critical in building a movement of cross-sector organisations and young people committed to growing youth social action across the UK. I look forward to working with her in 2020 to challenge the Government, funders and more organisations to grow youth voice and leadership over the next decade.’