Saeed’s Story

Saeed’s grandparents migrated from India in the 1950s and he was brought up in Bolton living in Deane and attending Pikes Lane Primary School. He then moved to Hulton and entered Ladybridge High School.

After school, he went on to higher education in Bury and Manchester, where he graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with an MSc in Public Relations.

From the age of 15 Saeed has developed a strong involvement in the media, especially magazine publication and broadcasting. This was triggered by articles that appeared in the press criticising young people after the riots of 2011. Saeed decided to act directly by editing his own magazine – Xplode. Despite still being at school, he pitched the idea of a youth magazine to O2, created by and for young people. They loved the idea, funded it and supplied a mentor.

By 2013 the decision was made to set the magazine up as a registered charity and readership has subsequently rocketed to the point where 7500 printed copies are produced.

Today Saeed is the Chief Executive of the charity where young people are given real work experience and develop their life skills.

Saeed was appointed MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List, was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in July 2019 and married Maryam Kara in February 2020.

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