Find out a little about Ismaeel, who coordinates the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition in Manchester
When did you join the ESU?
I joined in 2019 after attending an ESU function at the House of Lords with my brother, who has been a long-time member of English-Speaking Union.
I saw the great work the charity does in bringing opportunities to children to allow them to reach their potential through the powers of English and community.
Why did you decide to volunteer as a Public Speaking Competition Coordinator?
My brother had taken part in the PSC and after seeing the enjoyment he had from it, and the effect it had on him, I wanted to get involved and give back to my local community to help others.
How are you finding it?
It’s been incredibly fulfilling, allowing me to see how young minds perceive the problems of today.
What words of advice do you have for students taking part in the PSC?
I believe that it is important for students who take part in the PSC to bring an open and receptive mind to new ideas and issues in order to get the most from the competition both in terms of growth and enjoyment.
What can other members/supporters do to help?
Similarly, I believe that members/supporters should approach the competition with an open mind – very often the participants are incredibly insightful and bring fresh ideas to age-old problems.
Who inspires you and why?
Muhammad Ali has been a great inspiration throughout my life – his ‘never give up’ attitude and lively on-screen persona have been driving forces.
Tell us something surprising about you.
I restore classic cars in my spare time. When I was younger I aspired to become a Formula 1 driver and race with the drivers that I would watch on the television.