#iwill Ambassador, Chief Executive of YouthPolitics UK, student & activist
Dan Lawes is a 19-year-old award-winning activist from Manchester and a student at LSE. He is currently the Chief Executive of YouthPolitics UK, a national, youth-led and non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering the next generation through democratic engagement.
Dan has been an ambassador of the #iwill Campaign since 2017 and has represented the campaign at events and across the country. He is a strong believer in the power of young people and their ability to make social change.
Alongside his duties as a young voluntary chief executive, Dan is a member of the Bank of England Youth Forum where he advises the Bank on matters concerning youth affairs. He has also been appointed as an adviser to the international human rights organisation, the Right to Education Initiative. He has made keynote addresses at events across the UK, including the Children’s Media Conference in 2019 and has worked with media outlets such as the BBC.
In 2019, he was one of 20 young leaders from across the world to be awarded the Princess Diana Legacy Award for his services to young people – the highest award a young person can receive for their humanitarian efforts.