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What did you want to be when you were 13? 

At 13 I was really interested in the media and loved reading articles about football so I wanted to be a sports writer. I also thought about being a games designer as well.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

The young people – without them, we wouldn’t exist and as much as we have to engage with various stakeholders, it always goes back to the young people. They are the most important people and getting their attention, respect and engagement is what we want. I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing young people and they have the ability to turn a bad day into good and a good day into great.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Self-aware – I am tough on myself and I will always put more emphasis on what I didn’t do so well or what I could have improved rather than what I have achieved. I constantly reflect and review my practice and just because something worked well last year or last week, doesn’t mean it can’t be made better. I have probably exercised this capability more than any other trait I believe – both personally and professionally.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

My nan – she was my favourite person and getting the chance to spend time with her one more time would be a privilege. Secondly, my son – they have never met and will never meet but having him meet the person I hold closest to me – that would be my wish.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

I wanted to run a successful business like my dad who ran a large print business.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

I don’t have a favourite thing because every day is different and every task is different, so for me, I just put my work hat on and prepare for every day in the same mindset.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

I personally don’t have a favourite Work Readiness Capability because in my mind each one has to be applied in various ways but if I had to push for one it would be a draw between communication and self-aware. Communication with yourself internally and externally, and self-aware because if you are highly aware of yourself and your potential nothing is impossible and the sky is the limit.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

I’d say any two other people with the right energy and vibe who can bring a good conversation to the table.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

I wanted to be an actor or a doctor, actually I wanted to be both.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

As an organistaion everyone’s really supportive and fun to be around. However my favourite thing is helping my cohort realise and achieve their targets/dreams.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

I think we have to use all of the capabilities every day so they are all equally strong. However if pushed I’d say organisation is key for me carrying out my role to high standards and making sure my young people get the best out of the opportunities on offer.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Maya Angelou; not only was she a beautiful writer, but a powerful activist. She could teach me how to be more self-assured and resilient as she bounced back from multiple set-backs and made a massive success out of her writing.  Patrice Lumumba; my namesake and at a time when inequality was rife (1960s) he made a stand for Congo and tried to unite the country. He had to use his seven work readiness capabilities and then some to become Congo’s Prime Minister.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

 A vet.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

Getting to be a part of young people’s journeys.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Self-assured – it’s something I’ve worked on really hard and have proven to myself through taking on new challenges.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Phil Knight (founder of Nike).

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

I always knew I wanted to ‘help people’ and give a voice to the voiceless, but I didn’t know in what capacity.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

Being able to directly support young people on their journey to realise their potential, giving them the opportunity to be seen and heard. (The people are amazing too!).

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Resilience – I’ve had many challenges in my life that have helped me to refine the way I respond to external factors and situations and forced me to build a toolkit of varying coping mechanisms.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

My late grandfather, Nii Aflah – a man of great wisdom, and Maya Angelou.

Nottingham

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

I wanted to be a rock star or a journalist or the owner of a record shop. I am none of those things.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

The young people, who never fail to make me laugh, often unintentionally.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Resilience – You can throw pretty much anything at me, and I’ll bounce back up (maybe not a brick, though).

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Jon Snow (the news guy with the socks) and Kathy Burke, coz she’s a legend.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

A teacher.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

Coaching young people in personal development to empower them to drive their own future.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Resilience – No day is ever the same, lots of bouncing back.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Elvis and Oprah Winfrey.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

A fireman.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

That every day is different, the young people definitely keep me on my toes.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Resilience – its been a hard life with lots of setbacks but you just have to keep moving forward.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Muhammad Ali & Greta Thunberg, both inspirational individuals who challenged the norm to make a positive change.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

I had absolutely no idea at 13!!! But I am loving what I do now!!!

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

Without a doubt the my favourite thing about working at ThinkForward is the YOUNG PEOPLE!!!! They give me life, even on the worst days! They inspire, motivate and drive me to get the best out of them and myself!

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

My strongest capability I would say is communication.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Tupac Shakur and Nelson Mandela.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

I wasn’t sure.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

Working for a charity that really tries to make a difference in young people’s lives.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Resilience – I have had to be resilient in my personal and work life. If it doesn’t break you, it makes you.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

George Michael and Nelson Mandela.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

When I was 13 I wanted to own an ice cream truck. (I still do for my love of ice cream!)

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

Working with young people and being able to see the progression that they make.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Communication because I love talking!

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

If I could go to Nando’s with two people, it would be with my Auntie and Ed Sheeran.

Kent

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

A drama teacher or train driver.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

I love seeing young people understand themselves better, seeing them step outside their comfort zones, how special they are, and the difference change makes on the home and school environment.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Communication – I love helping people feel at ease and have fun, adapting my communication to different people, and helping people feel truly heard.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Russell Brand & Brene Brown.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

At 13 like most young people I wasn’t too sure, but there were a few things I was interested in which included marketing/ fashion/ business.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

I love seeing young people thrive, overcoming their own fears and developing their self-belief.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

I feel self-aware is my strongest capability. I think that I have a clear understanding of my strengths, but also what I still need to work on!

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Most definitely Prince, and my father who passed away 13 years ago.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

A rugby and cricket journalist.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

Taking young people on Ready for Work activities, such as career insight visits and business mentoring.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why

Communication.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Julius Caesar and John Cleese.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

Either a graphic designer or a professional footballer.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

I love facilitating our Business Mentoring Programme. Such a powerful intervention with impact felt by young people and our mentors!

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Resilience – I am ‘ever-the-optimist’. I have had to learn from my mistakes in the past but I feel proud about successes and look to others for support and guidance rather than go-it-alone!

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Vivienne Westwood and Tony Benn.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

A crime scene investigator.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

Being able to support my students once they have left school (16-18 years).

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Receptive – I like receiving feedback to make sure I can be better and improve, also one of my favourite skills is listening to others, hence why I do what I do!

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Barack Obama (he just sounds so cool) and my dad, as I never got to know him, he died when I was young.

DFN-MoveForward

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

An actress (stage not TV!)

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

That’s such a hard question as I have so many, probably how passionate everyone is about making a difference to young lives – and my young people too of course!!!

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Resilience because I feel like I have had to overcome lots of different barriers in life to get to where I wanted to be. Once you start to realise what it means to be resilient, it opens up a whole new dimension of getting over those hurdles!

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

I’d love to share a wing roulette with the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, because he’s incredibly smart, insightful and hilarious! I’d also add Carrie Fisher into the mix. As a Star Wars fan I’d love to hear about her experiences on set and her path to stardom in Hollywood after she dropped out of college.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

 A vet.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

Taking young people out on insight days to experience the world of work.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why?

Resilience – no matter what just keep going.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Beyoncé and Neil Armstrong.

What did you want to be when you were 13? 

A primary school teacher.

What is your favourite thing about working at ThinkForward?

Working with a team of people connected by a strong value base and a commitment to changing the landscape of employment for young people.

What is your strongest Work Readiness Capability and why

Communication – My speciality is talking! I love working in a team and can’t go long without that sort of interaction.

If you could share Nando’s with two people living or dead, who would they be?

Michelle Obama and Roisin Conaty. So hard to choose, can I invite more..?