A MULTI-TALENTED Barnet boy has been named as one of Britain's top three role models.

Samuel Kasumu, who holds a postgraduate degree in ethnicty, migration and politcs, is only 23, but already he has achieved more than most people do in a lifetime.

At 19, he set up Elevation Networks, a student-led charity which helps youngsters from under-represented groups. He sits on the No Barriers Board for the British Fashion Council which helps get more diverse groups into the industry and he is a youth leader at his local church.

He is also the first candidate to ever receive 1,000 votes in Brunel University's Student Union election for the post of vice president. Then in 2008, he was the youngest person to feature on the UK Power List of top 100 most influential African/Caribbeans.

His colleagues at Evaluation Networks nominated him for the "Britain's Top Role Model" competition in April.

Judges were impressed with his dedication and achievements so he was one of 24 short-listed for the final.

He was announced third runner-up on Tuesday.

Samuel, who also acts as a mentor to underprivileged teens, said: “I was so pleased to find out I was in the final. I didn't expect this at all, so it was a nice surprise when the letter came.”