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BECBC Shadow Board

Our Shadow Board is a group of 13 young professionals ages between 18 and 30 brought together to ensure young professionals within the cluster's membership have a voice in key decisions but also to support, promote and drive wider development/growth opportunities for young professionals in Cumbria. Our Shadow Board align their work to their mission of empowering the next generation, ensuring that activities are focused in the areas of greatest need while aligning to the wider BECBC principles.

If you want to get involved with any of the Shadow Boards activities or just to find out more you can email If you want to get in touch with a specific member of the Shadow Board, contact details are on our ‘meet the team’ page.

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The initial idea behind the Shadow Board Podcasts was to humanise senior leaders in Cumbria and give them a platform to share their stories above just fiving corporate speeches or presentations. Guests so far have been able to share their advice for the younger generation, which can be invaluable! However, since Coronavirus the Podcasts have focused on sharing businesses stories, promoting the extra work they have to do through lockdown and give others "something hidden by the Learn More button" forward.

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Development Guide

The ‘Young Professional Development Guide’ is the Gold Standard for professional development. Large companies tend to have well structures processes for performance appraisals and development plans however SME’s may not, meaning younger people and their employers are missing out of opportunities. Our guide provides the basics for this process.

Shadow Board Socials

The goal of BECBC Shadow Board Socials is to have fun while raising money. Following the COVID pandemic, our activities are now focused on bringing people back together, including social events. The Freedom Project is the chosen charity for BECBC's 2023 Charity of the Year. Therefore, all social events held this year will be in support of this charity. In March, we held our Bingo Bonanza event, which raised over £1000 for The Freedom Project! Keep an eye on our social media for information about our next event.