Zara was elected as a Trustee in September 2019 and elected as Chair of the Board in September 2022. She also served as Chair of the Risk Committee from 2020-2022. She is from the West Midlands and works for the NHS as a Project Manager ensuring patient pathways are fit for purpose and working to reduce hospital admissions. This follows 5 years in Local Government working on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Social Integration and Community Cohesion. She chose the apprenticeship pathway and completed Project Management and Business Admin Qualifications and is a keen advocate for apprenticeships. She sits on the Apprentice Council for the Association of Apprentices, an apprentice-led networking community, and has been an ambassador for the West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (WMAAN) Zara was previously Chair of the Youth of Walsall, a local Youth group in Walsall, and led the 'Real Knives, Real Lives' Campaign, which won the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Thank You Award in 2019. She was also a Senior Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Champion for Street Teams, a charity that supports children and young people abused through sexual exploitation. She is currently a Referral Order Panel Member for a Local Authority, which includes supporting young people who have committed a crime to agree a contract of work that they will complete in order to repair the damage caused. In 2021, Zara won a BAME Apprenticeship Award (now renamed the Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards) in the Charity, Voluntary and Public Services category and was also Highly Commended at the MJ Local Government Awards in the Rising Star category. She is passionate about youth voice and empowerment and enjoys speaking to young people about her apprenticeship experience. In her free time, she's an avid reader and book collector.