Executive Committee

The Dartford Youth Council’s Executive Committee is a group of seven young people who are elected by our members in the first Monthly Meeting each year. As the Dartford Youth Council’s lead representatives they hold specific leadership roles and lead the team in meetings and projects.

Our current 2020-21 Executive Committee consists of:


Ricky Taing


Having previously held the positions of Vice Chairman, Secretary and Public Relations Officer in the Youth Council, Ricky has been a long-serving member having joined in 2015. He is passionate about youth activism, and also serves an an ambassador to The RACE Network.

He manages a team of thirty students at his school journalism society at Dartford Grammar School, having interviewed Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP, Former Commander of the ISS Chris Hadfield as well as other notable names.

As a student of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music’s Junior Department, Ricky is passionate about music and he currently plays with the National Youth Concert Band of Great Britain, English Schools’ Orchestra among other Kent and Medway county youth ensembles.

In January 2019, Ricky was selected to attend the Spirit of Try Angle Awards Ceremony at the Ashford International Hotel to receive a county award for his contributions to music following a district award at the Bridge 4 Young People.

To invite the Chairman to an event (e.g. annual dinner), please get in touch with our Facilitator: elaine.henson@dartford.gov.uk

Get in touch: chairman@dartfordyouthcouncil.com

Zapran Carlsson


Zapran is currently a student at Dartford Grammar School studying towards his International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Having served on the youth council since 2018, he has enjoyed participating in events such as the Dartford Festival and Dartford Remembrance Service as well as other fundraising events.

He has a passion for music, having toured to Dartford’s twin town, Hanau, performing on the double bass in the DGS and DGGS Symphony Orchestra at their 50th Anniversary Concert welcoming the Deputy Mayor, as well as other notable dignitaries.

To invite the Vice Chair to an event (e.g. annual dinner), please get in touch with our Facilitator: elaine.henson@dartford.gov.uk

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com

Sanya Sunil


Sanya is currently studying her A-levels in Economics, Maths and Politics and serves as the Deputy House Captain at her school. This year, Sanya aims to support the executive committee as much as possible and assist in any tasks needed.

She believes in recruiting more members to increase the representation of the youth council allowing for more consideration of young people from various schools.

In her free time, Sanya enjoys singing at her church as well as drawing.

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com

Folabomi Ojo


To be updated…

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com

Isobel Ibronike


Isobel is currently studying A-levels in Computer Science, Physics and Maths. At her school, she is a Computer Science Prefect and a STEM leader.

Outside of Dartford Youth Council, Isobel also volunteers as a young leader at a GirlGuides group.

This year, Isobel is aiming to raise the profile of Dartford Youth Council, and increase our engage with the community. Her highlight so far with the youth council was volunteering with the Refocus Project.

In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, reading books, hanging out with her friends and watching Netflix.

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com

Thomas Gebbett


To be updated…

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com

Babafunto Ojo


Babafunto Ojo is a Year 13 student at Dartford Grammar School for Boys, currently serving as a Wilson House Senior Prefect, and prides himself in helping to realise a positive change in our community.

In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, reading books and teaching music. He is currently a guitar music tutor, and takes pleasure in imparting his skills to others.

He is a passionate and enthusiastic individual, and is always keen and very willing to learn new skills that will not only benefit himself, but also the people around him. He has a creative mind when taking on a new project, and is always up for new challenges when they come.

Get in touch: info@dartfordyouthcouncil.com


The Dartford Youth Council’s first meeting, held digitally
ChairmanRicky Taing
Vice ChairZapran Carlsson
SecretarySanya Sunil
TreasurerFolabomi Ojo
Web AdministratorIsobel Ibironke
PR OfficerThomas Gebbett
Events OfficerBabafunto Ojo


The Dartford Youth Council team of 2019-20
ChairmanPrincess Nwafor
Vice ChairRicky Taing
SecretaryZapran Carlson
Web AdministratorIsobel Ibronike
PR OfficerDanielle Okine
Events OfficerBabafunto Ojo


The Dartford Youth Council team of 2018-19
ChairmanOmolayo Oluwadare
Vice ChairThomas Gebbett
SecretaryRicky Taing
Web AdministratorDavid Garcia
PR OfficerPrincess Nwafor
Events OfficerDanielle Okine


The Dartford Youth Council team of 2017-18 joined by Portfolio Holder Cllr Ann Allen
ChairmanMatthew D’Costa
Vice ChairJoshua Grills
SecretaryRicky Taing
TreasurerJames Rolls
Web AdministratorTsemaye
PR OfficerOmolayo Oluwadare
Events OfficerTom Gebbett


The Dartford Youth Council team of 2016-17
ChairmanChloe Louise Gebbett
Vice ChairMatthew D’Costa
SecretarySarah King
TreasurerCian Gavin / Charlie Grazebrook / Dan Bui
Web AdministratorJoshua Grills
PR OfficerRicky Taing
Events OfficerOmolayo Oluwadare


ChairmanChloe Louise Gebbett
Vice ChairTemi Oluwadare
SecretaryKishani Imiachchi
TreasurerItunu Abolarinwa
Web AdministratorOmolayo Oluwadare
PR OfficerCharlie Grazebrook
Events OfficerMatthew D’Costa


ChairmanChloe Louise Gebbett
Vice ChairEllen Oaten
SecretaryChris Willey
TreasurerThomas Glass-Burgess
Web AdministatorItunu Abolarinwa
PR OfficerLewis Field
Events OfficerTemi Oluwadare


The Dartford Youth Council team of 2013-2014, joined by Portfolio Holder Cllr Ann Allen
ChairmanOliver Baldwin
Vice ChairFaith Abiola
SecretaryJason Taing
TreasurerChloe Louise Gebbett
Web AdministratorKalei Ragavaloo
PR OfficerChris Willey
Events OfficerAmelia Dimond


ChairmanElizabeth Oke
Vice ChairMark Richardson
SecretaryMayowa Olufeko