Meet our volunteers

What motivates our volunteers and what do they get out of it? Our community of over 50,000 volunteers from a huge range of jobs across the UK all have a story to tell about why they want to help raise children’s aspirations by showing them exciting future possibilities.

Read some of their stories here and sign up at the top of the page to start inviting volunteers to inspire your class.

Shareen Pavaday, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead

22nd July 2019

22nd July 2019

Shareen is an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead at North Middlesex University. Starting her NHS career off working in the Radiotherapy Department, Shareen used her experience and skills to get into her current position.  Below, Shareen details her journey and why she decided to make a change.   I qualified as a Therapy Radiographer and […]

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Raj Kanwal, Investigation Officer

27th June 2019

27th June 2019

Raj is an Investigation Officer for HMRC. Recently, Raj attended a few events for our Inspiring London campaign at the Guildhall, where he detailed his experiences at the HMRC.  If you’d like to find out more about this event, please click here. What did you want to be when you grew up and why? A […]

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Martin Halloway, Field Operations Director

26th June 2019

26th June 2019

Martin is a Field Operations Director at HomeServe. Graduating from university with a degree in Geography during a recession, Martin found it difficult to find the job he wanted.  However, that doesn’t stop his past experiences from benefitting him in his current position. What motivated you to volunteer? I remember being pretty clueless about what […]

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Sarah Rimell, Specialist Podiatrist

20th June 2019

20th June 2019

Sarah works as a Specialist Podiatrist at the Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust. Registering to go into schools to talk to children about her career, Sarah’s main motivation for signing up to Inspiring the Future is to make young people more aware about Podiatry and what a great profession it is. Why do you feel it’s […]

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Una Madill, Specialist Podiatrist

11th June 2019

11th June 2019

Una is a Specialist Podiatrist at the East Sussex Health Care Trust. Having studied at university to become a Podiatrist, Una has some advice for young people searching for a career.  The first thing on her list is to consider the pathways available, such as university degrees and apprenticeships, and to look into the routes […]

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Naila Ali, Lawyer

24th May 2019

24th May 2019

Naila is one our inspiring volunteers. She recently attended an event at Beckfoot Heaton Primary School, participating in a ‘What’s my Line?‘ assembly and classroom talks. Her inspiration for volunteering is her desire to show children and young people, from a similar background to herself, what they can achieve and aspire to regardless of where […]

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Mandy Garner, Editor at Workingmums.co.uk

24th May 2019

24th May 2019

We’d like to introduce you to Mandy. She is an Editor at Workingmums.co.uk who has participated in a range of events at both secondary and primary schools as an Inspiring the Future volunteer. Mandy has further written about her experience and Inspiring the Future for Workingmums.co.uk. In this short post, she answers some of our questions […]

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David Tollafield, Retired Podiatrist

1st May 2019

1st May 2019

Retired Podiatrist and Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at Consulting Foot Pain. Not everybody ends up doing what they thought they would when they were a child, just like David Tollafield.  David had wanted to grow up to be a veterinary surgeon, but he ended up taking a completely different route and became a Podiatric Surgeon. Whilst […]

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Paul Bolton, Nurse

1st May 2019

1st May 2019

Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals (NHS Foundation Trust). When Paul studying for his GCSE’s, all he wanted to be when he grew up was a journalist.  However, he became disenchanted with this career when he realised that there were so few jobs available. During his time with […]

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Chukwuma Anolue, Adminstrative Officer

17th December 2018

17th December 2018

Find out a bit about Chukwuma, an Administrative Officer for the Home Office, in this short post. He tells us about his journey with Inspiring the Future so far and why you should volunteer with us too.

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