Enterprising Yorkshire - Inspiring Young Minds


The Young People’s Enterprise Forum was established to ensure close synergy between the objectives outlined in Yorkshire Forward’s Regional Economic Strategy and the Government’s Enterprise Education strategy. Enterprise Education is very much seen as the driver and influencer of developing an enterprising culture which will in turn encourage entrepreneurship.

The Young PeopleDownload our Brochure’s Enterprise Forum is made up of business associations, education establishments, organisations and companies that have a direct interest and involvement in the promotion and development of enterprise for young people. Profiles of YPEF members can be viewed on the Partners page.

YPEF Partners include:

  • Association of Colleges Yorkshire & the Humber
  • Business Link Yorkshire
  • CBI
  • Education Business Partnership Network
  • Federation of Small Businesses
  • Institute of Directors
  • Local Authorities
  • Local Government Yorkshire & Humber
  • National Enterprise Network
  • Prince’s Trust
  • Regional Language Network
  • YES (Youth Enterprise Services)
  • Yorkshire Cultural Agencies
  • Yorkshire & Humber Chambers of Commerce
  • Yorkshire Forward
  • Yorkshire Universities
  • Young Enterprise
  • Young People's Learning Agency

YES (formerly YPEF Services Ltd) was established in 2006 to manage and administer the work of the Forum and to seek opportunities for members to work together on funded projects.

Alex McWhirter, Chair of YPEF

YPEF Chair


The current independent Chair of YPEF is Alex McWhirter. 

Policy Director


Jane joined the team at YES in July 2010, working with YPEF on the policy agenda both regionally and nationally. Until recently Jane was Head of Enterprise UK for the Yorkshire and Humber region. The campaign aims to give people in the UK the confidence, skills and ambition to be enterprising - to have ideas and make them happen and runs the Make Your Mark campaign, the Enterprising Britain competition and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Prior to this role Jane ran Make Your Mark campaign in the Wakefield district. 

Jane'sJane Walton background is in the public sector. She is a chartered librarian having started her career in the Further Education sector before moving to Wakefield Council to establish a members' research and information service. Jane then moved to the Yorkshire Museums Council where she developed a training and information service for the heritage sector which included establishing vocational qualifications for the sector and developing a national mentoring scheme. In 2002 the museums council became the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Jane became Head of Regional Development. During this time Jane qualified as a trainer and member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development eventually becoming a Fellow and a member of the West Yorkshire committee.

In her spare time Jane is a primary school and college governor and mentors a range of mentees including secondary school students and HR professionals.

Jane is passionate about enterprise and believes that everyone has the potential to be enterprising and to contribute to both the social and economic well being of the region.

“The best thing about working in enterprise education is seeing the energy and ideas coming from young people. They have so much talent and enthusiasm which we need to get better at nurturing and encouraging. Through enterprise education we can develop the skills employers require and create the business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future to drive forward the region’s economy.”