Patrons & ambassadors

We are very grateful to all our amazing patrons who invest in Include Youth so we can continue to impact the lives of young people!

Our patrons devote their time and energy into promoting the work of Include Youth.

From attending prize giving events, promoting Christmas appeals, spending time with young people, supporting campaigns or offering professional advice, we are very thankful for the time and commitment that helps shape Include Youth.


Emer Maguire

Emer Maguire is passionate about communication and presenting. Emer is an international award winning science communicator, and a double Irish Radio award-winning BBC presenter. She is a four time TEDx speaker, a conference and event MC, presenter of the podcast ‘Elementary My Dear’ and a musical comedian with a sold out Edinburgh Fringe run under her belt.

Maruc Rea

Marcus Rea is an Irish rugby union player who plays in the back row for Ulster in the United Rugby Championship and European Rugby Champions Cup. He was captain at Ballymena Academy, and captained the Ulster under-19 team in 2016.

Eric O’Sullivan

Eric O’Sullivan is an Irish rugby union player who plays loosehead prop for United Rugby Championship and European Rugby Champions Cup side Ulster and internationally for Ireland. Born in Dublin, O’Sullivan attended Templeogue College and Trinity College, where he completed a business studies course.

Professor Phil Scraton

Phil Scraton was appointed Professor in the School of Law at Queen’s University in 2003.  More recently he has been awarded honorary doctorates from Edge Hill University (DPhil), Lancaster University (DLaws) and the University of Liverpool (DPhil). He is co-author of reports for the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (Children’s Rights) and the NI Human Rights Commission (Women in Prison).

James McSorley

James is no stranger to podium finishes at international level having twice been part of historic GB performances including on his GB senior debut at the 2018 World Championships where the GB Men claimed the World title and brought home the gold.  James made history at Birmingham 2022 in the first ever appearance of wheelchair basketball in a Commonwealth Games, proudly representing Team Northern Ireland.

Brendan Irvine

Brendan  Irvine,  is an Irish amateur boxer from Belfast. He won a silver medal in the men’s 49 kg division at the 2015 European Games, becoming the first ever medalist for Ireland at the Games. Brendan, has competed at Olympic Games in Tokyo and  Rio 2016,  captained the seven-strong Irish boxing squad. He secured a spot for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo through his performance in the flyweight category at the 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament in London, England.