I spend a lot of time at work talking about the importance of networks and the need to build a diverse range of contacts that you can learn from. Reflecting on the experiences and views of others helps you to understand yourself better and identify your own strengths and weaknesses. When I joined Parliament in 2009 I was fortunate to have a great line manager and team. I was encouraged to get out of the office and talk to other people in the department.
My first job here was for a fixed term and I never dreamed I would still be here six years later. It was only through meeting and talking to people that I realised maybe I have more to offer Parliament than I first thought. In the last three years I’ve also been involved with ParliREACH (one of the workplace equality networks) and through this I’ve grown in confidence, expanded my contacts across Parliament, and helped to challenge senior colleagues about doing more to make this organisation more diverseand inclusive.The other members of the ParliREACH Committee have been a huge inspiration to me.
In the last two years I’ve also taken on responsibility for my own team. This has allowed me to share my own experiences and encourage them to be the best they can be. There is nothing more rewarding for a line manager than seeing staff develop, broaden their experiences, and then move on to bigger and better things.
As a role model, I commit to sharing my experiences with an even wider range of people and working towards making Parliament a more inclusive place to work. My advice to new members of staff is get out and about – don’t work in silos or get too bogged down in the day job – there is a wealth of diverse experience out there across the whole organisation that we should all be learning from!
Farrah's role in Parliament
In my current role I manage the team of staff that provide support to the MPs on the cross-party Energy and Climate Change Committee. I take the lead on providing advice on Parliamentary procedure and oversee the work of the team, which includes writing policy briefings, organising oral hearings with experts, and drafting Committee reports.