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From discussing the key challenges facing the UK economy, to engaging in high-level advocacy of the CBI’s campaign messages, the Under 35 Committee ensures the views of a broad range of business leaders play an influential role in shaping the CBI’s policy positions.

What is the Under 35 Committee

The CBI's Under 35 Committee is a group of future business leaders who meet four times a year to discuss the big issues facing British business and how the CBI should seek to respond.

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How the CBI determines its policy positions

The CBI’s policy work is subjected to a robust consultation process with our members. This is driven via specific policy based standing committees (such as the Under 35 committee), working groups, task forces, and determined locally and nationally via twelve regional and devolved nation councils.

Find out more about the CBI's councils and committees



How to get involved

Every year, the CBI invites applications for future business leaders from CBI members to join the Under 35 Committee on a two-year term. Committee members will be selected following nomination, by CBI member companies, on the basis of their application. 

The next application window will open in June 2019.

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What we look for from Committee members

Committee members are young business leaders within their organisation. You are expected to share knowledge from your organisation and understand how changes to the policy, legislative and economic landscape will impact on business decisions and performance.

The views members express do not necessarily need to correspond to the corporate view from their own organisation, however they do need to be views that:

  1. Members would be comfortable championing to colleagues in their own organisations; and,
  2. Comfortable for the Chair to present at meetings of the CBI’s Chairs’ Committee.

Committee members are required to attend at least three out of four meetings a year – we do not accept substitutions. These meetings last for approximately 3 hours and often involve a networking lunch or drinks afterwards. You will need to read the papers provided and be involved in discussions.


Diversity within the Committee

The CBI is committed to ensuring we represent a broad and diverse mix from the UK’s business community. We particularly welcome and encourage BAME individuals to put themselves forward for election. The CBI is committed to ensuring at least 25% of the committee is made up of SME members (businesses with under 250 employees).


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