Lauren Eaves, 17, from St Albans started her term on the Board of Trustees in October 2013. She joins as one of two Youth Advisers to the Board of Trustees, a role in which young people actively take part in the governance issues of UNICEF UK.

Lauren is passionate about all development issues from girls’ education to food security, HIV/AIDS to maternal health. She has been involved with Plan UK as their Youth Observer on the Board of Trustees and as a member of their Youth Advisory Panel. In these roles, she has spoken at European Parliament on youth engagement in climate change policy, planned and spoken at International Day of the Girl 2012 and participated in a Commonwealth Meeting on Early and Enforced Marriage.

Outside of UNICEF UK, Lauren is in year 13, studying Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English Literature A-Levels. She hopes to attend University to study Natural Sciences with the aim of going into medical research on HIV/AIDS or malaria in the future.

She is very excited to learn more about UNICEF UK while helping the organisation implement its policy of putting children first.