Youth Leader (UK), Diaspora Advisory Board
Tanesha Westcarr is a 2017 Governor General Achievement Awardee, an entrepreneur, humanitarian, author and international speaker. She is currently studying Global Politics and International Relations at Birkbeck University of London, whilst being a Student Ambassador for the institution. Tanesha avidly promotes youth engagement, economic empowerment and sustainable education. She works part time as a Key Support Worker with 16-18 year old at-risk young people at a semi-independent unit in London. Her background in sales, marketing, fashion and branding has been featured in many publications including BBC radio, Gleaner newspaper and Sky TV.
In 2016 Tanesha was elected as the Youth Representative on the JDUK board and Youth Leader (UK) on the Diaspora Advisory Board in Jamaica. She also served one year as Secretary on the Jamaica Education Taskforce UK (JET-UK) board. In May 2017, she was named Co-Chair of the Jamaica55 UK Youth and Social Media Subcommittee. As a youth advocate, Tanesha launched The Jamaican Youth Forum UK at the Houses of Parliament, in London, supported by 3 MPs and the then Acting High Commissioner for Jamaica. She is proud to be recognized as a Global Young Leader of Jamaica and to have been selected to bring greetings on behalf of the Diaspora at the recent biennial conference.
As well as being a Huffington Post UK Columnist, she also owns a successful online franchise business. Tanesha’s entrepreneurial instincts were first realized with the formation of company Styling Says back in 2008. Soon after, she wrote her first book Styling Stripped Bare. By 2012 Tanesha had expanded her brand to a worldwide audience as a business consultant, empowering entrepreneurs in the UK, USA, Spain and Jamaica.
Her earliest voluntary role in an East London School resulted in an invitation to 10 Downing Street to meet former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2008 at a Local Heroes Reception.