Young Professionals Board

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Young professionals making a difference

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Build It International Young Professionals Board (YPB) – the next generation of young supporters to build upon and ensure the future of the charity.

Opportunities for Young Professionals

The Young Professionals Board is a vibrant and enthusiastic group of young people at the early stages of career development who are keen to make a difference.

Build It recognises that young individuals at the start of their careers can bring energy, enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference which can impact the charity through their networks and connections. In return, we offer:

  • the opportunity to work alongside a development charity
  • networking opportunities with other young professionals and next generation of supporters
  • support and guidance from the Build It Development Board
  • develop fundraising ideas to positively impact the lives of the most vulnerable in Zambia

The Young Professionals Board Paper defines the group, its objectives and vision for the future in support of Build It International. Read Paper…

Beth Vuckovic

Chair

Beth Vuckovic

After gaining 2 years experience working as a Country Coordinator in the Overseas Team at an International Educational charity based in Scotland, Beth has joined the YPB at Build It. She has had a keen interest in development through education since living and volunteering in Senegal for a year in 2014/2015, which later went on to inspire her dissertation on the impact of colonialism on cross cultural understanding.

Beth is particularly inspired by the work that Build It does through effective skills training, which empowers youth and creates opportunity. Excited to learn from Build It, and striving to develop a career working with communities and learning about cultures.  Beth has recently accepted the role as Chair and is working with the group as they define new roles and fundraising initiatives.

Amelia Gosztony

Vice-Chair

Amelia Gosztony

Amelia has had an interest in Build It for a while and has enjoyed helping out at many events. She was lucky enough in 2010 to visit some of the projects in Zambia and engage with the local communities they benefitted, seeing first hand the tangible impact Build It has.

Amelia works in management consulting, having graduated in 2018 from Oxford. She enjoys travelling and playing sports in her spare time.

As part of the Young Professionals, Amelia analysed key points from the most significant change stories as part of Build It’s 2020 Impact Study. The stories offer fascinating and real insight into the impact of Build It International’s work.  She is currently working with Lewis to research new potential corporate partnerships and fundraising opportunities.

Lewis Jowett

Secretary

Lewis Jowett 

Build It has always had a large presence in Lewis’s life and in 2010 he visited numerous completed school and clinic projects in Zambia, which illustrated the need for school facilities in Zambia’s poorest areas.

Lewis graduated from the University of Bath in 2019 with a degree in Politics and Economics, he currently works in the Corporate Finance team of Grant Thornton. Lewis is a keen sportsman, playing mainly hockey and tennis plus enjoys hiking and wild swimming.

Lewis has supported many Build It events and is currently working with Amelia to research corporate partnerships and fundraising for Build It.

Olivia Charley

Olivia joined the Young Professionals Board in January 2021 and is excited to provide her support across finance and fundraising to help Build It continue empowering young people in Zambia.

Olivia is currently Grants Manager at English National Ballet, helping to fund engagement and outreach projects.  She previously worked at Goldman Sachs and has always had an interest in the charity sector.

Olivia volunteers with the Build It Finance team, and has assisted in the creation of budget vs actual analysis, enabling the team to forecast funding gaps. She has also worked with them to create a centralised file to improve procurement processes in Zambia.

Rebecca Gaffney

Rebecca’s interest in Build It has stemmed from her current passion for studying International Relations at the University of Exeter and being heavily involved in charitable events outside of her studies.

Rebecca worked with ‘Rebuilding Schools Nepal’ to help rebuild Antarastriya Yuwa Barsa Secondary School, Ramechhap following the April 2015 earthquake. Rebecca is currently Treasurer and Secretary for Period Poverty Exeter which aims to fight for period equity the de-stigmatisation of menstruation and to tackle period poverty.

Rebecca is a keen fundraiser and is eager to be involved with Build It this year to support progress in sustainable development, female empowerment and gender equity.

Jamie Howard

Jamie Howard

Jamie’s interest in Build It came through studying geography at the University of Bristol where his dissertation focused on vocational skills training in Zambia. Jamie visited Zambia twice where he interviewed Build It employees, trainees and contractors to collect vital data for his research.

Jamie completed a literary review for Build It and conducted on-line interviews with our colleagues in Zambia. Jamie also enjoys playing team sports, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

Read about Jamie’s visit to Zambia

Lizzie Reynolds

Lizzie Reynolds

Lizzie is an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the Young Professionals Board. Working overseas during her languages degree developed her interest in sustainable development, particularly access to education for women and girls. It was Build It’s distinctive model, which empowers young people with the skills to improve their quality of life, that attracted her to the charity.

As well as education, Lizzie also has strong interests in environmental protection and currently works in sustainable travel.

Lizzie has conducted interviews in Zambia to learn more about our trainees, was a keen support of the Star Jump Challenge and conducted a vital data project to support Build It’s Impact Study 2020.

Caitlin Simmonds

Caitlin Simmonds

Caitlin’s interest in the projects and success of Build It has only continued to grow since completing work experience with the charity in 2018. Whilst writing a research report on expanding Build It’s projects to locations outside of Zambia, she became particularly impressed by the skills training programme and Centre for Excellence provided by the organisation.

Caitlin has also shown a keen interest in inspiring more young people to get involved within charitable work. Her article for Build It’s website emphasised the valuable skills, knowledge and enthusiasm young people can contribute towards such organisations. By being a member of the Young Professionals Board, she hopes to encourage such individuals to realise this potential and become more actively engaged with charities.

Roxy Weller

Roxy Weller

Roxy’s interest in Build it sparked when discovering its work within Zambia and drive to get women into construction. From working ‘on the tools’ to production in Willmott Dixon, she understands first-hand the importance of breaking the stigma for women within the male dominated industry, especially within trade.

Roxy is currently working to create a mentorship programme, supporting women in the UK to access the construction industry with the ultimate goal of linking tradeswomen with females on the trainee program in Zambia.

Africa holds a special place in Roxy’s heart with her family ties and fond memories visiting. She is passionate and motivated to support ‘Build It’ and is excited to be a part of the rise of women within the industry.

Quarterly meetings are held in London or via video link-up to discuss new ideas and projects, and to collectively support each other. The board has already progressed individual and collective projects, including a fundraising challenge raising hands for the Safe Hands Appeal.

Are you interested in global issues and able to offer ideas and skills to a group of enthusiastic and engaged group of young professionals?  If you would like to learn more, please contact marianne@builditinternational.org