John Loughton

John Loughton is currently Head of Public Policy for a high profile organisation in the UK and is Founder of the youth development company dare2lead. John has been a local, national and international youth leader, social entrepreneur and public affairs professional for over a decade having campaigned from the age of 11. In 2007 John was elected as the chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament and appointed as Vice Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Children and Young People Committee. John played a leading role in setting up and running the CIVICUS Youth Assembly in partnership with OXFAM, bringing together over 200 young leaders from across 70 countries to debate global development issues. In 2011 he was appointed UK Planning representative to the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Australia and went on to represent 1.2 billion young people when he addressed 54 Heads of State at the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting.

John has worked for a number of Parliaments and Governments in a number of senior capacities including representing the United Kingdom at various international conferences including the Austrian and Portuguese European Union Summits. Appointed by the British Prime Minister, John served as a member on the Commission on Scottish Devolution, Britain’s Literacy Commission and is Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council‘s Action Group. He has delivered youth leadership training in countries such as Sri Lanka, Malawi, Singapore, France, Portugal, Australia and is currently running a bilateral young leaders exchange between the UK and Sri Lanka and a Young Health Leaders programme with Turkey. John is also policy advisor to the Commonwealth Secretariat on youth affairs and regularly comments in the press and appears on television. In 2008, John won the reality television show ‘Big Brother’. He entered to challenge close the gap between young people and politics. John was recognised in 2004 for his contribution to the community by being presented with the Evening News award for “Community Involvement” and was named runner up as National Charity Champion of the year in 2008.

John Loughton