Hey Waheeda. So tell us, what’s your background?
I’ve been running a nonprofit company around West Berks for over 8 years, primarily working with ethnic communities, so I’ve seen the impact that language barriers can have on assimilation, integration and mobilisation.
Why did you join PN/what attracted you to the language industry? It sounds like you’ve seen it from the other side of the fence?
Yeah, definitely. I am really excited to start building on what I’ve seen in local government to other areas where our services can make a difference.
Do you speak any other languages?
I speak English, Urdu & Punjabi.
OK, great. What would you say has been your biggest professional success to date?
For me personally it’d have to be the CultureFest event that I set up nearly seven years ago now. Since then it’s really taken off – it’s a platform for showcasing culture, heritage and diversity – and each year it keeps on growing!
So, what are your hobbies outside of work?
I am very involved with the local voluntary sector and serve as a board member of a number of charitable groups. In my free time I teach authentic Pakistani cookery and also make greetings cards – although not at the same time.
So how are you finding the job? What are you going to be doing?
I’ve taken on the role of Public Sector Business Development Manager. I’m enjoying the challenge so far, and learning every day – it’s great to be part of a fantastic team. I’m looking forward to travelling all over the UK, engaging with different parts of the public sector and finding out ways where Prestige Network could help deliver real benefits for local communities & services.