Zeb Farooq, Bid Manager, Wood Plc
Zeb Farooq is a community integration leader who has spent the last fifteen years promoting inclusivity and cohesiveness in society. He has done this in an exclusively voluntary capacity, most recently as a member of the Prince’s Trust North West Regional Leadership Group. His humble background growing up in inner-city Manchester gave him the personal motivation to succeed, champion important causes and inspire others.
After gaining a first-class degree and two master’s in mathematics, Zeb joined Wood in 2008 and spent six years as a thermal hydraulics engineer and project manager. Zeb currently works as a bid manager within Strategy & Development for Wood’s Nuclear business, where he assembles and leads teams to win new contracts.
Zeb has been shortlisted for the WISE Man Award for his work with the Prince’s Trust Mosaic Mentoring Programmes which inspires young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential. The programme aims to improve students’ self-confidence, self-efficacy and employability by linking them with positive and relatable role models. Zeb promotes STEM subjects and career paths to students by empowering them through opportunities such as World of Work visits and secondary school mentoring.
Zeb believes that there is a lack of accessible role models for young girls in the STEM arena, especially in areas of high deprivation, and that mentoring is vital in raising their aspirations. Zeb is particularly passionate about working with young Muslim girls who can face a double disadvantage when entering the world of work (gender and ethnicity), and often those from low socio-economic backgrounds face a triple disadvantage.
Zeb is confident that by harnessing the power of young women we can drive greater innovation, creativity and diversity. Zeb encourages better gender balance in STEM subjects and careers by striking at the very heart of teaching young girls to stand up for themselves and not allow negative stereotypes to hold them back.