Name: Uzma (uzzyc)
Title: Inclusion Manager
Joined: 17th October 2019
Tea Making Ability: “Award winning tea” – The Guardian. “Couldn’t believe the tea was made by the hands of a mere mortal” – My Mum.
What Mobile Phone do you own?
I currently use a Huawei P30 Pro. Prior to that though, I went on a total smartphone detox and used a Nokia 216 feature phone! I existed for months without instant access to the internet or social media. I found that amidst the chaos of the digital world, a feature phone afforded me some space and focus again! Would recommend ditching the smartphone, even for a week to see what impact it has. (It’s controversial, I know).
Glass half empty or full?
I’m grateful for the glass, whatever is in it or isn’t in it.
Fun fact about yourself?
I was invited to lunch at Buckingham Palace once but left hungry and had to get a Filet-o-Fish on the way home from Maccy D’s.
I’m 4 years into a 6 year degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics which takes most of my spare time up and can be attributed to the wonderful bags under my eyes. Outside of that, I’ve done a lot of volunteer work with youth led charities, empowering young people to become changemakers and leaders in their communities, I have a small YouTube channel, and vomit some of my musings on a personal blog which you’re more than welcome to check out if anyone wants the link!
If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
I really relate to seals – I think they’re wonderfully curvy, have gorgeous eyes and I appreciate the way they flop around on their stomachs; a mode of transport that I wish was acceptable for humans too. I would like to be a seal.
I’ve worked at O2 for 5 years in ‘Business Sales’ (a very different environment) while also supporting them with improving representation at senior levels of the organisation and facilitating Reverse Mentoring. I’ve also been on youth leadership programmes, delivering social action campaigns in the community and been honoured to be recognised for it along the way 😃
Why did you join giffgaff?
I joined giffgaff because I love that it’s in our blueprint to challenge the established way of doing things. I love the importance placed on engaging with our community before making decisions, be that commercial or design. The energy that radiates from within the member community and internally at HQ is fab.
Where do you see yourself in two years from now?
I’ve done a lot of volunteering with young disabled adults, Feed the Homeless initiatives and caring for the elderly, but have felt frustrated that charities and non-profits exist to put temporary plasters over a much bigger institutional problem. I really want to continue to use my degree to better understand the institutional problems that exist, maybe using the politics as a means of creating change, or alternatively creating accessible tools for businesses and government to shake up their thinking.
Anything else you would like to share?
Put simply, at giffgaff, we believe in community. Specifically, in the power of our people. And we'd be incomplete if we didn't represent our people properly. My role here is to support giffgaff in being an accessible space, both for our employees as well as for our members and I would love to hear your thoughts on how this can be done. So stay tuned!