Envision welcomes new Grad Trustee

Envision Grad, Keshav Bhatt, joins us as our latest Grad Trustee

Envision are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Youth Trustee, Keshav Bhatt, to our national Board of Trustees.

Our Grad scheme has produced some amazing individuals and Keshav was chosen ahead of an incredibly strong field, any one of which we’d be lucky to have on our board.

Keshav replaces the out-going Youth Trustee, Amrit Kaur Lohia, who stepped down last month after her 2-year term. He joins us having taken part in one of our school programmes way back in 2006. In the intervening 5 years he has gone on to achieve some truly incredible things…

After leaving school, Keshav completed a degree in English at Reading University, and was awarded the RUSU Award for Commitment to Students in his final year. He then went on to work all the way on the other side of the world as a teaching assistant in Australia.

In 2012, upon returning to the UK, he signed up to volunteer with Skillshare International as a motivational speaker in Botswana, spending 3 months in the south-African country speaking to 2000 young people each week, whilst also helping out in a shelter for teenage girls who had been sexually and physically abused.

Once his 3 months with Skillshare were up, he joined the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) as an Active Citizen. As part of this role, he was selected to represent the UK at an international summit on Youth Participation and Leadership in Bangladesh, and visited Slovakia and Poland for various two-way learning and skill-sharing events.

More recently, Keshav has founded his very own organisation called Revolution Hive, based in Birmingham, which runs day-long ‘boot camps’ aimed at young 20-somethings to “help them make sense of the big issues the world faces & conquer the big decisions they need to make”. These boot camps offer coaching, confidence building and teaching on personal development techniques.

My memory of Envision has always been the moment we all sat down in our common room at Handsworth Grammar School…and were presented with a blank piece of flipchart. "What do you want to change?", we were asked. It was met with silence. What, me? Nobody - I mean, NOBODY, had ever asked me that question before. But looking back at it now, I know that's exactly the moment I had been waiting for.

Keshav Bhatt, Envision Youth Trustee

Envision was founded on the principles of youth-led programme delivery and these are values that are embedded throughout the organisation. That's why we believe it is essential to have a young person on our board at all times; not as a token gesture, but so the young people we work with have their voices heard at the highest level of our organisation, and have a real impact on how we’re run and what our goals for the future should be. Keshav’s obvious dedication to working alongside young people, his experience as a motivational speaker and commitment to Envision as an organisation mean we’re incredibly lucky to have him sit on our board, and we’re extremely excited about working with him once again.

Welcome back, Keshav!