How it All Started

Role Models Yorkshire was started back in the summer of 2018, by Chris Cooper, an electronic engineering student at the University of York.

Coming from a low-socioeconomic background, and being neurodiverse, resulted in Chris believing that he would never be able to go to university because he though university “isn’t for people like me”. 

However, while working at Portakabin in York, Chris had a chance to meet with a University of York student. After Chris expressing that he dreamed of being an engineer but didn’t think that university was for him, the university student managed to help Chris see the potential that he had to succeed.

That chance meeting with a positive ‘role model’ resulted in Chris resiting his GCSEs, going to college and then becoming a student at the University of York himself. 

Now that Chris was in York, he wanted to inspire and support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their potential.

And that’s when Role Models Yorkshire was born. Originally named Changing Socio-Economic Yorkshire (CSEY), the nonprofit started with Chris visiting schools by himself to give presentations about getting into engineering from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. With the help of a mentor and social change maker Joe Graham (founder of Social Vision). Chris renamed CSEY as Role Models Yorkshire and turned it into the nonprofit that it is today. 

Chris Cooper Role Models Yorkshire

Meet the Family

Chris

Founding Director

MEng Electronic Engineering
University of York
(Second Year)
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Cerys

Head of Online Development

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
University of York
(Final Year)
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Chantelle

Grant Proposals Manager

LLM Law and Legal Practive
BPP University
(Masters Student)
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M

Head of Marketing

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Olivia

Head of Operations

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
University of Cambridge
(Final Year)
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Annie

Head of Marketing and Content Creation (RMhub)

International Development
University of Leeds
(Incoming First Year)
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Sam

Yorkshire Engineering Designer

Engineering
University of Durham
(Final Year)
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Deimante

Social Media Designer

Photography
University of Bournemouth
(Final Year)
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Femi

Yorkshire Engineering Designer

Material Sciences
University of Oxford
(Final Year)
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Ben

Yorkshire Engineering Designer

MEng Electronic Engineering
University of Exeter
(Third Year)
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Scarlett

Social Media Consultant

MMathimatics with Proficency in Spanish
University of Exeter
Third Year
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Pippa

Executive Administrator

Social Work
University of York
(First Year)
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Agne

Podcast Editor

Documentary Production
University of the Arts London
(Graduated, Masters Degree)
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Paige

Head of News and Press

English and Related Literature
University of York
(Graduated)
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Dan

VP of Marketing

Business Administration and Managment
University of York
(Graduated)
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Isla

Reporter and Social Media Consultant

English Literature
University of Exeter
(Final Year)
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