Nabila Zulfiqar is a successful solicitor who has taken time out of her busy schedule over the past four years to work as a volunteer mentor on Mosaic’s secondary school programme.
Nabila is currently the Chief Adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as well as holding roles at the Architects Registration Board and the Academy for Healthcare Science. She is also a chair of the National Anti-Discrimination Panel of the Football Association and is a governor at Baskerville school for children with autism.
As a volunteer mentor with Mosaic, Nabila has spent time working with pupils at schools in Birmingham in order to raise their expectations about what is possible after they’ve finished compulsory education.
Nabila commented: “My time as a mentor has been both busy and endlessly interesting. Mosaic’s programme is very well run with lots of hands-on work.
“I think it’s important that pupils come into contact with someone who has achieved their goals, not just in terms of giving them advice, although this is important, but also demonstrating to them what is possible. Raising aspirations is best achieved by providing an example of something to which to aspire.”
Nabila has successfully organised a number of ‘world of work’ visits for pupils to the SRA offices in order to provide them with insight into office life and professional behaviours. One such visit was the inspiration for a speech made by a mentee at Mosaic’s end of year celebration in front of an audience that included Sadiq Khan MP.
Nabila described this as: “Definitely one of my highlights as a Mosaic mentor. To see the impact that the visit had made on the pupil was hugely satisfying; here was a young person, engaged and excited about what the world of work could offer.”
Away from her work as a mentor, Nabila has also done great work raising money for Mosaic. Alongside her SRA colleagues she organised a fitness challenge and raised a valuable £500 for the charity. She’s also joined Mosaic’s Regional Leadership Group, lending her notable experience and expertise to ensure that the charity continues to grow and succeed.
“The essential message I give to the pupils I mentor is a simple one”, Nabila added: “Make the very best of who you are and you’ll surprise yourself with what you can achieve.”