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    Tanya Cordrey takes on the challenge

    13 Jul 2022

    On Monday 18th July, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Finalists will take to the stage of the Cambridge Theatre and share their speeches for the last time in this competition.

    Every year we have the privilege of listening to the passionate voices of thousands of young people. Every speech is unique and inspiring in its own way, making it an incredibly tough decision to determine who the next Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Champion will be. Fortunately, we will be joined by our esteemed panel of judges who are taking on this difficult job. The panel consists of politicians, athletes, presenters, and influencers all known for using their voices to create change. They will judge the competition based on Content, Delivery & Structure and thereby determine who will be crowned the 2022 “Speak Out” Challenge! Champion!

    In no particular order, let’s meet the judges! 

    Tanya Cordrey is currently the VP of Product at Instagram and was formerly Chief Digital Officer at the Guardian. She is has been a journalist and has led digital transformation in a number of organisations so she knows the importance of communication for us all.

    We asked Tanya, in your experience, what does it mean to find your voice? 

    Finding your voice allows you to be your authentic self in both your personal and professional life. You became the best advocate possible for yourself – as well as for others in need of a more powerful voice.

    Why is empowering young people important to you? 

    Empowering young people enables them to reach their full potential. This is good for all of us. 

    What does communication mean to you?

    Communication is the fuel of our society – building understanding, empathy and connection. 

    Thinking about our young speakers, how can they provoke the change they want to see in the world? 

    Speak up loud – and listen thoughtfully.