'Beyond Your Limits'- EY Foundation. University of Warwick. 1 June 2022.
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Celebrating our supporters: Impact Awards 2022

Last week we celebrated our supporters and achievements over the past twelve months with our annual Impact Awards. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

Our fantastic hosts, Ayisha and Anoosha, guided us through the event as we announced 10 worthy winners, spoke to programme alumni, and were joined by some very special guests including Hywel Ball, EY UK Chair and UK&I Managing Partner; Anna Anthony, EY UK Managing Partner, Financial Services; our own CEO Lynne Peabody; Ebenezer, Co-Vice Chair of our Youth Advisory Board; Patrick Dunne, our Chair; and Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, founder and CEO of Stemettes.


Keynote speeches from Jaden, who participated in our Your Future programme earlier this year, and Patricia Chale, Interim CEO of Youth Futures Foundation, highlighted the opportunities and challenges facing young people from diverse backgrounds as they embark on their careers.

As the job market accelerates, employers will have to rethink what constitutes work-ready so as to enable young people to learn and grow on the job.

The government can make a difference by […] ensuring that young people in schools are exposed to the different opportunities that can enable them to get into the job market that isn’t necessarily the traditional university route.

From a remarkable group of nominees, we were delighted to recognise the efforts of our 2022 winners...
  • Ali Raza – Young Ambassador of the Year: Ali has taken up numerous opportunities since his time on the Tech Futures programme, including featuring in our 2021 Impact Report video, supporting our involvement in the One Million Mentors project, and becoming a member of our Youth Advisory Board (YAB).


  • Crispin Lyden-Cowan – Fundraiser of the Year: Crispin has not only dedicated his time and efforts to raising money in support of young people for many years but has also encouraged and helped countless others in his team and network to do the same.


  • Joyce Murray – Accelerate Entrepreneur of the Year: Joyce has been a fantastic EY Foundation supplier for the Accelerate programme and has shown a great commitment to engaging with her business coach in order to further grow her business.


  • Claire Algar – Volunteer of the Year: Claire has been an incredible champion of young people and is truly committed to the cause, building a pool of amazing volunteers and mentors, sharing her own personal experiences, and advocating for change in her own organisation.
  • Grace Brown – Team Member of the Year: Grace embodies the values of EY Foundation: collaboration, growth mindset, courage, and empowering our team. The whole Foundation team benefits from her efforts, enthusiasm, dedication and positivity.
  • Daniel Pearson – Mentor of the Year: Daniel’s openness has been greatly appreciated by his mentee, who described him as an amazing mentor! Daniel has provided a lot of guidance and support, and his current and past mentees are grateful for the impact he's had.
  • Eileen Smith – Employer Champion of the Year: Eileen has tirelessly developed strong relationships with influential individuals, bringing them on board to support programmes. She is exceptional in her work in championing the Chartered Banker Institute Smart Futures Programme. 


  • Amanda Scuffham – Business Coach of the Year: Amanda has demonstrated ongoing support for the Accelerate programme and for the EY Foundation through being a business coach and providing fantastic assistance with workshops.


  • Little Lever School – Education Partner of the Year: Little Lever School has been incredibly enthusiastic about our partnership and have brought in multiple groups of young people to our employability workshops this year, working with them is a true partnership.


  • Benchmarx – Employer Partner of the Year: Benchmarx have hosted engaging business placements, helped young people prepare for interviews, offered apprenticeships to some of the young people they've hosted, and have been fantastic advocates for young people and the Foundation.

When we think about the future of work we get to consider a lot of these technologies that are coming up […] and we get to think of what does that really mean […] What does that look like for hiring? What does that look like for recruitment?

The event is available to watch on-demand here.


We really value your feedback, if you would like to let us know what you thought of the awards please email communications@eyfoundation.ey.com.