31st May 2016
Youth United Foundation was pleased to welcome Jessica (Jess) Mulley in April as Interim Chief Executive. Jess will be working with Youth United while Lindsay Levkoff Lynn is on maternity leave. She comes to Youth United on secondment from the House of Commons Service, which she first joined as an assistant clerk in 1993. Hailing originally from Shropshire, Jess studied in Scotland, graduating from Dundee University in 1991 with an MA Hons in Modern History. She then gained a post-graduate diploma in Heritage Management from the Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham.
From time to time Jess dons a wig and gown to sit at the Clerks’ Table – directly in front of the Speaker – in the Commons Chamber but this forms only a small part of a clerk’s duties; During her time at the House of Commons, she coupled work in core procedural roles – advising MPs on parliamentary practice and clerking various select committees including those on Communities and Local Government, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology – with the design and delivery of major IT projects and programmes to support Parliament’s business functions. From 2012 to 2015 she led a team of experts in supporting committees in Parliament doing both policy and legislative work. As part of her commitment to democratic parliamentary strengthening, Jess has also worked on the development of parliamentary services in Tunisia, Georgia, Trinidad & Tobago and most recently in Sierra Leone. She frequently guest teaches for politics undergraduates at UK universities on aspects of Parliament and its practices. Jess also founded and runs a small online book business.
Jess has a long history of involvement in the voluntary sector. She has fond childhood memories of being a Brownie and currently volunteers as a duty officer for a local history museum in her hometown of Wimbledon and, through the Girls’ Day School Trust, as a mentor for young women in the early stages of their career. When she’s not working, writing or reading, Jess can most often be found in the saddle, either on a bike or the back of a horse.
Jess said “My key aspiration at Youth United is to build on the fantastic work that Lindsay has done to make the organisation more robust and more effective in the future so that it can continue to deliver benefits to its member organisations that represent more than a sum of parts; and in that way, edge us ever closer to the goal of making it so that every young person in the UK has the opportunity to participate in a uniformed youth group. But tackling social exclusion and enabling social mobility very close to my heart, so if I can use my time here to help our Network members to advance those causes within the uniformed youth sector, I shall return to a the House of Commons very happy and fulfilled.”
Please feel free to reach out to Jessica via e-mail at email@example.com or call 0207 6547061.