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Two Barnsley ladies named among JCI UK’s ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ for 2016

Two Barnsley ladies have been named among the UK Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCI UK) ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ for 2016.

The 10 award winners were announced on Friday (November 25) during the JCI UK’s national convention in Manchester.


Eighteen-years-old Barnsley Eve Lodge (pictured below), the owner of bespoke bunting company Barmy, won the TOYP award for Business/Economic/Entrepreneurial Accomplishment.

Eve, who is currently running her business alongside her undergraduate studies at The University of Hull, began making bunting while a 14-year-old student at Horizon College – and she has gone to sell her pieces worldwide, from her hometown to Liverpool, London, Germany, the United States and New Zealand. Her bunting has also appeared on the set of Coronation Street.

She has won numerous accolades, including being named the 2015 ‘Solopreneur’ at the Yorkshire BiY awards. On Twitter Eve has won the Theo Paphitis #SBS and the Jacqueline Gold #WOW awards, and also been named in the Northern Power Women’s Top Future 50 list.

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Another Barnsley lady, Dr Selina Wray PhD (pictured below), a Senior Research Fellow at UCL, was named in the TOYP list for Scientific and/or technological development.


For the past decade, Selina has dedicated her career to research into dementia, which affects 850,000 people in the UK. She has contributed significantly to both research and public engagement, advancing knowledge of the disease and increasing awareness amongst the public. Selina took part in policy briefings for the Department of Health ahead of the G8 Dementia summit, and was one of the few basic scientists to attend the G8 Dementia legacy meeting. Committed to removing barriers that prevent female progression in STEM subjects, Selina is also a mentor for the Southbank Centre’s ‘International Day of the Girl’ scheme.

The JCI is a place to develop leadership skills, meet inspiring people and make an impact in the local community. It is a global, not-for-profit organisation for 18 to 40-year-olds, run by its members for its members. JCI’s mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.  JCI members are from many different backgrounds, cultures and professions, but all share common values and passion to develop themselves and support and improve their communities.

The JCI UK has local chambers around the country and activities are organised local, regionally and nationally.


The JCI TOYP awards serves to formally recognise young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. The honorees motivate their peers to seek excellence and serve others. Their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better society.

The full list for the 2016 JCI UK Ten Outstanding Young Persons can be seen here:

  • The UK honorees are also entered into the global TOYP competition. A panel of international judges select the final 20 and these are then put to a public vote during the month of August. The final 10 are selected by a public vote (accounting for 35% of the final score) and a panel of international judges (accounting for 65% of the final score). The final 10 of the global competition are usually announced on 31st August.


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