My parents came to the UK in the 1970s - my father from Tanzania and mother from India. Neither of them had any formal schooling and my dad worked as a mechanic (Ford Motor Company). We lived in a one-bedroom council flat in Newham, where I did all of my schooling. After achieving a First Class degree in Finance, I completed my chartered accountancy training with KPMG, worked at Santander and LBG in banking and am now a management consultant at EY.

I have been working with BME children and youth since 2002, in a variety of roles:

  • I have supported university students with mental health issues;

  • I have run a successful tutoring initiative called Maths2020 since 2015;

  • I was a volunteer (2006-2017) within a global grassroots initiative - “Swadhyay” – empowering young people, through community-based projects, to foster social responsibility in their own lives;

  • I am the founder of the icanyoucantoo™ initiative, mentoring youth from socially deprived backgrounds alongside raising awareness and action-oriented change to promote social mobility.

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