InsideOUT is very proud of our founder and National Coordinator Tabby Besley, who has just spent a week in the UK for the residential week of the Queen’s Young Leader programme.

Tabby received her award from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Monday, followed by a dinner at St James’ Palace. The rest of the week was no quieter, including visits to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, Twitter HQ, BBC World, Nesta, METRO, the Canadian High Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the BT Tower.


The group of 60 young leaders from Commonwealth countries also spent two days in Cambridge, taking part in a programme linked into the online course on Leading Change that they are taking over the duration of the year.

Tabby was the first and only New Zealander to receive a Queen’s Young Leader award, and encourages other young people making a difference in their communities to apply to be a 2016 Queen’s Young Leader – #TheSearchIsOn!