Each year a Youth Convener is appointed to be a full-time voice for young people in Highland. The Youth Convener provides a consistent link for Elected Members and senior officials and represents the interests of all young people to the Highland Council and other key agencies.
The Youth Convener attends Highland Council and Community Partner meetings and has full voting rights on the Education Committee, with speaking rights at all other Council Committees.
The Youth Convener works closely with young people across the Highlands through Highland Youth Parliament, Local Youth Forums, Pupil Councils and other youth groups.
Anja Johnston (24) from Thurso took up the role of Highland Youth Convener in May 2021. This full-time role is a bursary position that will run for 12 months.