“I grew up in and around Highbury & Islington in three different houses. I do hope this third one is the last one, because I don’t think anything will stress me out as much as moving house until marriage! I want to be someone who has a definitive positive impact on the world. I want to level the playing field, because I truly believe that we must tap into the untapped potential that too often goes to waste. The best way I think I can do this is to achieve my goal – to be a politician. I want to become a real model for those who have come from my background, having broken into what is perceived as a ‘closed profession’. I want to show that you can be flawed, you can have a past and still be a success. There are so many things that motivate me in life, from my colleagues, to my idols to my friends. But the single biggest motivating factor has to be my mother – without her, I would never be able to make it happen. My ambition is to prove to her that she did the best job ever raising me and my siblings.”

Chapter 1: Who am I

My background is a primary school in Islington, then a secondary school in Enfield, before going to a college in Finchley. Whistlestop tour of London over, I went to the University of Nottingham, where I studied for an undergraduate degree in Politics & International Relations, then continued on to do a masters in International Business.

Having finished university in September 2017, I decided to take a year out. After one month, I had no money and revised my decision. I worked as a fundraiser for various charities, before being accepted into Grant Thornton in January 2018.

I think what makes you unique is synonymous with who are you, because existing as your authentic self is by definition unique. But when faced with the question ‘Who am I?’, I believe three questions are actually being asked; who do I think I am, who do others see me as and who do I want to be? The answers will be vastly different, but when put together, you get a pretty good understanding of what makes you unique and thus, who you are. At my core I am fiercely ambitious, with a very clearly defined life goal in mind. So I am never happier than when I have achieved something that I think moves me closer towards my goal. I think that passion to achieve can be all-consuming, but it is perhaps the biggest part of who I am.

I think others would see me as someone who is at his brightest when engaging with other people. I enjoy mixing with new groups of people, because I think finding out and learning about people’s pasts is one of life’s most interesting, yet undervalued endeavours. I find you learn a lot, very quickly, when getting to know somebody new.

'I want to be someone who has a definitive positive impact on the world for the rest of my life. I want to level the playing field, I truly believe that we must tap into the untapped potential that too often goes to waste.'

Chapter 2: Who do I want to be

Who I want to be is the most pertinent question of the lot, because that is what you struggle towards every day.
I want to be someone who has a definitive positive impact on the world for the rest of my life. I want to level the playing field, I truly believe that we must tap into the untapped potential that too often goes to waste. The best way I think I can do this is to achieve my goal – to be a politician. I want to become a real model for those who have come from my background, having broken into what is perceived as a ‘closed profession’. I want to show that you can be flawed, you can have a past and still be a success. Real models are something I felt I needed, but didn’t have when I was growing up and the biggest change I wish to see in the world. At some point I decided to stop wishing for change and become it.

Chapter 3: Sharing success

I want the place that I work in to be the best it can be, because the company I work for today and who I will be tomorrow are aligned. The betterment of my firm is the betterment of myself. It has been proven throughout industry and literature that companies who embrace and understand the importance of diversity perform better than those who don’t, so why would I want to work somewhere that does not share the same ambition to perform better? I am proud to work for an inclusive employer with whom I share core values.

The most important people in my life are, of course, my friends and family, for three clear reasons. They allow me to lean on them for much needed support and guidance whenever I need it. For reasons unbeknownst to me, they accept the good with significant bad and love me anyway. And lastly - something I think applies to everybody – because the point of success or happiness is having people to share it with.

There are so many things that motivate me in life, from my colleagues, to my idols to my friends. But the single biggest motivating factor has to be my mother – without her, I would never be able to make it happen. My ambition is to prove to her that she did the best job ever raising me and my siblings.

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