Our Spokespeople

YouthNet has a range of people available for interview. To request an interview, photograph or further information please contact the media team on 020 7250 5716.

Matt Whyman, Relationships adviser

Matt is a relationship adviser for askTheSite and official spokesman for TheSite.org. He has written numerous health awareness campaigns for Radio One, The Health Education Authority and Brook Centres. He has also been a trustee of the Acne Support Group, a member of the National Stepfamily Association working group and a guest speaker for the Family Planning Association.
Matt is also the author of several best-selling novels, including Man or Mouse, Columbia Road and Boy Kills Man, as well as the bestselling advice guide for boys Unzipped: a toolkit for life (all published by Hodder). Matt can currently be heard as a regular guest on BBC Radio One’s advice show, The Surgery with Aled.

Martyn Lewis, YouthNet Founder and Chairman

Martyn Lewis’s career is an unusual blend of the media, charitable and business worlds. He is well-known from his long career in broadcasting at the BBC and ITN and has been involved with the voluntary sector for almost 30 years.

Martyn’s other current charitable roles include: Chair of the NVCO, Chairman of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, YouthNet and Families Of The Fallen; Trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust, President of United Response, and Deputy Chair of the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards. He is a Vice-President of all three main hospice charities, and campaigns regularly for the movement.

Emma Thomas, Chief Executive

Emma has extensive understanding of audience’s needs, creating clear strategies for successful brands and services, and leading teams in delivering these, particularly in the media and online space. Having joined YouthNet as Communications & Marketing Director in 2010, Emma moved into the role of CEO in April 2011, to lead the next phase of the YouthNet’s development and evolving the services to continue meeting the needs of young people.

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