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A word from the Chair: October 2016

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Can you believe that it’s October already? Whilst everyone else is mourning the end of summer, we’re excited for the busy run up to Christmas because we’ve got so much going on at BPS Birmingham Future.

This month sees the next cohort of our award-winning mentoring schemes take place. Each and every Future member can be part of the Future Mentoring Academy; mentoring a student or younger Future member through Aspire Mentoring, as well as having their own mentor as part of Future Mentoring. I love our mentoring schemes because they’re a stellar example of how we connect professionals across the BPS sector and help elevate their careers through relevant, practical and personal advice.

We’ve spent years refining both of these schemes and we’re well-placed to match our members with mentors who can help them get to the next stage of their career – whether that’s giving advice on a promotion, changing industries or even thinking about setting up on your own. There are no set rules with mentoring relationships; we guide you with objective setting but it’s then left to you and your mentor to shape your relationship and what you want to get out of it. Likewise, your career development can also come from having your own mentee and using your experiences to help someone younger shape their own future. It’s a great way to put your own skills to the test but also help us retain the best talent in the city.

If the Future Mentoring Academy sounds like something you’d be interested in, head over to the website, read more and apply! Then wait to be matched with your new mentee or mentor.

This month is also the official start of the BPS Birmingham Future Leadership Development Programme, which we’re running in partnership with Aston Business School. We’ve had loads of impressive applications and, as I write this, we’re in the process of sifting through and choosing our final 20 participants who will be the first ever people to take part! It’s so exciting to see the project come to fruition and I can’t wait for the next nine months, and the topics that we’ll cover. The first session will see Dr Bruno Oliveira, from Aston Business School’s Marketing & Strategy Group, lead a session on ‘Developing An Entrepreneurial Mindset’. Participants will be looking at how to develop a ‘go-getter’ mindset, seeing and seizing opportunities, and how to inspire themselves and others to take the next challenge. For each of the sessions we also have a senior leader joining to give a ‘real life’ perspective and Lee Currier, Entrepreneur Development Manager at Entrepreneurial Spark powered by NatWest. We’ve secured a really impressive list of leaders to join us throughout the course, including Andrew Cleaves, Birmingham Metropolitan College; Jason MacKenzie, Liquid PR; Tracy Westall, SCC; Mike Ward, Gateley Plc; Nick Venning, Synapse; and Andrew Harrison, RBS. What a list!

We, of course, have another great month of events coming up, including the next Cereal Networking tomorrow morning, which is open to members and non-members. This month’s Leaders’ Lunch is with Mike Ward, CEO at Gateley Plc and also our BYPY16 Inspiring Leader. He has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, advising private and public companies and private investors and has been instrumental in the development of the corporate team becoming one of the leading corporate teams in the UK. Be one of only 10 Future members sitting around the table enjoying lunch with Mike – sign up today!

We are also inviting you to join us at The Classic FM Hall of Fame event with CBSO at the end of the month, experiencing one of the world’s best orchestras (who happen to be from right here in Birmingham) live in concert. There’s a chance to network beforehand with our BYPY16 overall winner, Abby Corfan, who is Director of Marketing for the CBSO. With culture in mind, we’ve also got our much-awaited annual Eat & Greet event happening next week, where you get to sample the best food and drink on offer in the city. Happening at CBRE’s offices again this year, it’s always a popular event and with so many great new places opening in the city, this is your chance to get a taste of what they’re all about!

Don’t forget that Eat & Greet also follows on from one of BPS Birmingham Aspire’s flagship events – Welcome to Birmingham – which gives new professionals to meet their peers, begin building their networks and find out what our great city has to offer. Now in its 10th year, this is the ideal event for your younger colleagues to get introduced to the city so make sure you encourage them to sign up. As well as a drinks reception, with a chance to win prizes, they will also get entry into Eat & Greet. What a great way to spend a Thursday evening!

It’s another busy month for BPS Birmingham Future so make sure that you get involved; whether that’s joining the Future Mentoring Academy or signing up for some of our events.