Up and Coming: Joel Davis, Tutors United

Davis, 22, is chief executive of the community interest company that trains university students as affordable tutors for children from low-income families

Q What inspired you to start Tutors United?

I had the idea when I was 17 - I left school with good qualifications, but I couldn't get a job. I remembered that years before I used to tutor my younger cousin and his results really improved, so I thought "OK, if I can do that, what could a university student do?" I realised I could solve two problems at once - I could create jobs for people of my age who aren't able to get them and provide educational help for children whose parents wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it.

Q What were the biggest challenges?

Dealing with a leadership role while being quite young was particularly challenging. I was the youngest person in the organisation and I was very nervous about managing people who were considerably older than me.

Q How did you deal with that?

Accepting that I'm human and I'm going to make mistakes. I've tried to embrace that and make it the ethos of the company so that it becomes about how we deal with them. But part of me had to realise and accept that I am actually a skilled person. That's why I've been the one to set this up. I am capable of managing and leading people in this situation.

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