“I support Mosaic because I want to help kids with backgrounds like mine to see the wealth and breadth of opportunities that are out there.”
Amjad Hussain was born in a village in Pakistan, came to the UK at the age of 5 and was raised in London. Keen to travel, develop as an engineer and avoid an office job, he surprised by joining the Royal Navy, something he describes as “an odd choice for an 18 year old Muslim first generation immigrant”.
He has sought variety in his subsequent career. Sea jobs have ranged from inspecting fishing catches in UK waters to operations in an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, whilst postings ashore have included training, buying missile systems and Whitehall strategy/finance positions.
More recently he was the Naval Base Commander Portsmouth and then the Director General Weapons, responsible for all UK missiles, ammunition and artillery. This was followed by 3 years as Controller of the Navy, an executive member of the Main Board of the Royal Navy and responsible for planning all future warships, submarines, combat jets and missile systems. He was made a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in the New Years Honours List of 2011 and awarded an honorary doctorate by Durham University the same year.
With more challenges to explore, he left the Navy this Summer and is currently an executive director of a technical services company and about to take up two non-executive chair roles in small technology start-ups. He also aims to develop further his charitable interests and, with his wife, keep up with an active family that enjoys activities ranging from equestrian to alpine…so the golf clubs continue to gather dust.