Role Models Yorkshire is a non-profit community interest company. I goal is simple, to provide young people from diverse backgrounds with professional role models.

Established in 2018

In summer 2019, York electronic engineering student, Chris Cooper started Role Models Yorkshire. His aim was to provide positive professional role models to young people in deprived areas of Yorkshire.

This was a mission close to Chris’ heart, as he grew up on a cancel estate in Hull (East Yorkshire) and didn’t have any professional role models of his own.

Despite originally failing his GCSE’s and going onto work nightshifts, while his older brother was sentenced to prison. Chris turned his life around after meeting a York student who inspired him to resit his GCSE and work towards university. 

When Chris arrived at The University of York, he was keen to give back and inspire others from deprived backgrounds to follow their dreams. 


Chris Cooper, Role Models Yorkshire

Chris Cooper at the UK House of Lords


Role Model Presentations

Role Model

Role Model Presentations is Role Model Yorkshire's flagship project. The project sends professional role models who have been successful despite diverse backgrounds into schools across Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Engineering Challenge

Yorkshire Engineering Challenge

The Yorkshire Engineering Challenge gives young people of primary school and secondary school age the chance to experience life as an engineer. As well as meeting some inspiring real life engineers.

RMhub friends

The Role Models Hub (RMhub)

The Role Models Hub is Role Models Yorkshire's newest project and is aimed at providing positive virtual student and professional role models to school pupils around the UK

93% Club York / Role Models Yorkshire Mentoring Scheme

93% Club York Mentoring Scheme

Role Models Yorkshire have partnered with the 93% Club York to offer an exclusive mentoring scheme. The scheme is currently been trailed with a York school.

100,300 People

Role Models Yorkshire’s free services have reached over 100,300 people across the UK. Not bad for a small non-profit in Yorkshire…