What did you do when you left Oxford Brookes?
I continued with my academic studies and built my petrol retailing business. In addition I have been involved with various community projects.
How did your course or lecturers inspire you?
Through their passion and love for their subject.
What success stories have you had?
- Appointed the First Muslim Tutor at Eton College, Windsor
- Served as a Commissioner on the Commission for the Future of Volunteering
- Set up an organisational structure and successfully campaigned to build the Central Oxford Mosque
- Established with key faith leaders the Oxford Council of Faiths
- With the Lord Mayor of Oxford, John Tanner and a number of key stakeholders initiated the first Interfaith Remembrance Service in the City of Oxford
- Developed a leading educational programme for young people tackling violent extremism. This has been nationally highlighted and major aspects integrated into REsilience, a national programme aimed at training RE teachers to discuss sensitive issues with confidence
- Co-Chaired a meeting with Sir Sigmund Sternberg, the Co-Founder of the Three Faiths Forum at The Royal Courts, St James’s Palace
- Addressed the World’s Ambassadors at St James’s Palace on the work of the foundation I established in 2009 – The Oxford Foundation – and the importance of interfaith dialogue
- I have contributed my expertise on government advisory panels and continue to serve on the Advisory Boards of a number of national charities
- Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire in 2009
- Member of the Court of Oxford Brookes University
How are you working / partnering with Brookes currently?
I have organised a meeting between the Vice Chancellor and key Community Leaders from East Oxford to explore how we could effectively collaborate. As a result and with the efforts of the widening participation team we’ve managed to get students to volunteer to support young learners at the local mosque. I’m also closely working on a number of other very important initiatives.
What are the benefits personally or commercially to working with Brookes?
I have a passion for education and believe that it is through education that we can ensure social mobility and a more equal society. Brookes is a huge asset to our county and the country, so anything I can do to harness that and contribute to Brookes’ continued flourishing gives me great satisfaction.
How do you see the relationship with Brookes developing?
I’m actively promoting the university through my work at various levels. Some of these initiatives, I believe will make a significant difference to the ‘Brookes’ brand.
What do you recommend to others who would like to help the university?
Please get involved!