Meet the Founder

Gill Arnold JP DL

Gill Arnold JP DL

Chairman and Founder of the Yorkshire Champions Group

What is the Yorkshire Champions Group?

The Yorkshire Champions Group is an initiative founded by Gill Arnold JP DL, Chair of the West Yorkshire Magistrates’ Bench. Supported by the Chamber of Commerce and Bradford Breakthrough, the aim of the initiative is to bring together Yorkshire individuals and businesses to visit and work in partnership with schools, colleges and universities, in order to prepare a workforce of the future. 

There are a growing number of Champions in the Yorkshire Champions Group:

Business Champions

 Community Champions

Sports Champions

Safer Driver Champions coming soon

Business Champions

Business Champions are all about businesses engaging and supporting children and young people via schools, colleges and universities. In this way, businesses and educational provision will talk more, letting our children know what opportunities are available in our city.

The partnership between businesses, schools, colleges and universities is essential to develop our future workforce, preparing children and young people with the necessary knowledge and skills required.

The Community Champions

The Community Champions are a team of diverse and very carefully selected individuals. They come from non-privileged backgrounds and some have experienced their own difficulties and hurdles in life. Over the years, Gill Arnold, founder of the Yorkshire Champions Group, has seen hundreds of children and young adults in challenging situations.

The main purpose of The Community Champions is to inspire children across the district by interacting with them through school assemblies, and classroom talks. Our aim is solely to support the school and the teachers. When a team member is invited into a school they will talk about their own journeys but also endeavour to inspire, encourage and motivate their audience. 

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