We are delighted to introduce Nick Hounsfield, who has supported our City Of Change campaign through The Wave.

Why did you decide to join the campaign?

When we heard about the City Of Change: Youth Challenge, we knew we just had to get involved! It’s great to see the Youth Ambassadors pushing this initiative forward and we want to do what we can to help change young people’s futures in Bristol.

Opening up more access to experiences and career opportunities for young people from all backgrounds is essential – now more than ever. It’s shocking to hear that 79% of young people from ethnic minority or low socio-economic backgrounds still find lack of access is their biggest.

What do you think young people may contribute to your company?

Young people often bring a new and fresh outlook. They can challenge the way things are done and be an innovative force in a business.

What do you hope younger people may contribute to your company?

I hope that they will bring new insights and energy!

We also hope they can help us develop a deeper understanding of ways in which we, as a business, can potentially tackle challenges that young people from a range of different backgrounds are facing in Bristol.

What do you think companies may be missing by having a lack of younger voices/influence in the company?

Young people innovate, drive progress and can be catalysts for change. Why would any business want to miss out on that!

What advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

Just get on and try a career path which you are interested in, but remember it’s not set in stone and you can always change to a new path. You only have one life, so try things out. A lot of people end up doing what is expected of them by others, but you should always do it for yourself. Don’t listen to negative voices either internally or externally.

Only you know what will make you happy.

I’ve always liked this quote:

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.”

Robin S. Sharma