Neil Burke – Regional Development Officer

Neil Burke is a Regional Development Officer at Youth Focus: North East.

He joined the Youth Focus: North East team in March 2008 where he was appointed as a Youth Coordinator to establish a Youth Advisory Board for the North East 14 – 19 Regional Commission. This role led to Neil sitting on the 14 – 19 Regional Commission to represent young people’s views and opinions to ensure they were informing policy and decision making on the 14 – 19 educational agenda.

Within his current role, he manages a number of Youth Focus: North East programmes which aim to address issues related to youth unemployment. This includes the development of a young person led pre-employability programme called Reducing the Skills Gap and Youth Focus: North East’s involvement in BIG Lottery’s Talent Match programme in the North Eastern LEP area.

Since 2012 Neil has also been part of the national advisory group for the national campaign Youth Employment UK.

Neil first started working with children and young people as a play worker and this is where he realised his passion to help and support others. He firmly believes that to influence positive social change there is a real need to involve those who are affected in society.

Contact: [email protected] 0191 477 9966