Guy The Mac wrote:
Waseem Zaffar from the Lozells ward who was a CEO at the age of 18,
Sorry, can't let that one stand without probing. CEO? Of which global monolith?
Cllr Waseem is big businessman who helps lots of people.
You just jealous of him because he is young man who made success of business and made money. He will be great cllr and be big name
Out in the 'burbs most people won't have heard of him, never mind be jealous of him. It wasn't unreasonable to ask whether his 'experience' as a CEO when he was 18 (stop laughing at the back) had any parallels with running a city with a £3.5bn budget. If he was doing something special then, his career has certainly gone backwards.
Mind you I can see why Khalid Mahmood would put him in charge of his paperclips. Who else could make Khalid look relatively attractive?
The profile part of his blog suggests no gainful employment whatever. A J.P. and 'community activist'.
Indeed - the only directorship he claims is of the Azad, Jammu and Kashmir Development Corporation CIC. He was a indeed a director of this, for about a year to June 2009. The company was dissolved in March 2010, having filed nothing but dormant accounts. Not exactly big business. Of course, he could be a sole trader or partner in a business, but that doesn't exactly gel with the CEO stuff. In fact, he has held 9 directorships listed at Companies House, but only the Birmingham Tribunal Unit has not been dissolved. He did describe himself as CEO of Handsworth Recreation Group Limited, dissolved in 2008, whose last filed accounts (for 2005) were "small". Also, hardly big business.
I have not yet met this gentleman, and none of the above is intended to be a criticism of him, but people should be careful just how they "big-up" others when the facts are so readily available. I think "Windbag" has done Cllr Zaffar few favours with his post.