Teenager Ryan Davis has taken the first step on the political ladder, and become a parish councillor.
He might only be 18, and has profound disabilities, but he's not let either stand in the way of his political ambition.
Ryan has joined Chalford Parish Council, after being co-opted to fill a vacancy at their meeting on Thursday night.
"We are hoping that he will bring a youth view to the council," said Chalford Parish Council clerk, Christing Prince, who added that most of Ryan's fellow councillors are of retirement age.
Ryan Davis lives in Bussage and is a pupil at St Rose's School in Stroud.
“I want to make a difference and make politics positive, open and honest," said Ryan.
Head of sixth form at St Roses, Sheila Talwar said: "We are supporting Ryan to fulfil his potential and are very proud of him."
Roger Entwistle was also co-opted to join Chalford Parish Council.