Ala Uddin was born and bred in Camden, England with Bangladeshi heritage. His greatest ambition and passion was always to serve his country and help people. After formal education, he pursued his ambitions and served as a Police Officer for the Metropolitan Police. Ala is proud to have had a career serving his country, community and people that spanned over 14 years. The experiences and training he has gained, has made him the man he is today.
Soon after leaving the Police force, Ala was proud to serve his country as a British Army Reservist. This experience further expanded his training and development, working with the world’s elite forces. Ala then took a career change to face fresh new challenges by putting his skills to test in his family restaurant as a General Manager in charge of the day to day running of Olive Limes in Tring, Hertfordshire.
1 Which place, or city or country do you most feel at home in?
Home is most definitely England for me, I was born and brought up in Camden, London and am now living in Luton. England gave me my identity, friends, family, education & career. From a young age, I had a strong urge to serve my community and my country.
2 What are your proudest achievements?
I am very proud to have realised my ambition and serve my country, both as a Police Officer and Army Reservist. It was always my ambition to serve as a Police Officer. I feel honoured and privileged to have been able to serve in the Metropolitan Police for 14 years.
3 What inspires you?
I am inspired and motivated by seeing the successful development of people. I am passionate about changing lives and empowering people with the skills to realise their potential and overcome their own limiting beliefs. My experiences in the Police, Army and life have given me a sense of purpose to help others.
4 What has been the biggest obstacle in your career?
In my current role as a General Manager, my biggest obstacle is the lack of training and professionalism from some staff. It's always a challenge to provide inspiring leadership, training & motivation. It's a challenge that I relish and allows me to implement all of my transferable skills and experiences.
5 Who has been the biggest influence on your career to date?
I have to say that my biggest influence is myself. I have a very strong mind-set and set high goals and standards for me and those I am responsible for. I am my own worst critic. I strongly believe in following my own instincts and taking responsibility for my own decisions.
6 What is the best aspect about your current role?
The best aspect of my current role is being able to utilise all my skills and experiences to make a difference. I have a position of responsibility, leadership and duty of care towards my team and our customers. I love motivating, developing and empowering my team to achieve excellence.
7 And the worst? There is not an aspect that I do not enjoy. I enjoy challenges and like to tackle challenges head-on. The sense of achievement you get in overcoming difficult challenges is a thrill for me. I don't believe in looking at anything negatively and anything worth doing should be challenging.
8 What are your long term goals? My long-term goal is to retire in 7 years’ time; happy, healthy and secure after achieving all my goals and feeling content with my work and achievements. I want to be able to spend quality time with my family & friends, especially my children and enjoy playing a lot of golf.
9 If you were Prime Minister, what one aspect would you change?
If I was Prime Minister, I would ensure that everyone had access to the best education and opportunities, no matter what your background is, and tailored to individual passions and skills. Education is what will empower our children to lead the world and solve future challenges.
10 If you were marooned on a desert island, which historical figure would you like to spend your time with and why.
The first person that comes to my mind is Mahatma Gandhi. He has so much wisdom, experience & patience. I think it will be an enriching & fascinating experience to listen to such an inspirational figure. He left a huge mark on the world and is so well respected.