Jonathan Andrews

CCYDN Associate Executive Committee Member and Advisor Jonathan is a lawyer at international law firm Reed Smith, specialising in media law, and an elected councillor for the London Borough of Bromley (he was elected at age 28 and is currently its youngest elected councillor).

Having been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum at nine years old, Jonathan has been open about this throughout his career and is an advocate for neurodiversity inclusion in the workplace and wider society. His work in this area has seen him recognised widely nationally and internationally, including as a Queen’s Young Leader, European Campaigner of the Year, the Open University’s youngest ever honorary graduate and being named the UK’s fourth most influential disabled person in 2020 by the Shaw Trust Power List (which he has since judged for the last three years).

Jonathan was the first ever CCYDN youth co-chair between 2019 and 2021 and represented the network, among other conferences, at the Global Disability Summit and United Nations Conference Of States Parties To The Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities, as well as co-drafting the Global Disability Children and Young People’s Charter. Since coming to the end of his term as CCYDN Youth Co-chair, he continues to support the network as an advisor.