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With ONE week to go, meet our Marketing & Communications Finalists…

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Recognising young professionals who positively and effectively enhance a brand or organisation, this award is open to anyone working in a marketing role, either in-house, agency or private business. This includes anyone who works in advertising, journalism, PR, events, creative and communications planning/consultancy.

With just one week to go to the main event, meet our Marketing & Communications Finalists who faced the fierce judging panel…

David Glenwright
Head of Training Services, JC Social Media

After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a degree in War Studies, David joined Birmingham-based social media agency JC Social Media – taking the lead on its largest client account, NHS Local. In his current role as Head of Training Services, David delivers training sessions, workshops and talks to help individuals and organisations grow through the use of social media. David regularly speaks about his industry at major conferences and events, including the National Convenience Show and the National Franchise Exhibition. In February 2017, he was invited by Facebook to its Dublin headquarters where he became one of just eight certified ‘She Means Business’ Facebook trainers, to deliver courses to female entrepreneurs.

Nathan Wallis
Head of Strategic Communications, Wesleyan

With a first class honours degree in Business and Marketing, Nathan has had an award-winning career spanning crisis, internal, external and change communications for organisations including HBOS, Lloyds Banking Group, Highways England, and Amey. At the age of 30 he held a multi-million pound marketing budget and in 2016 was headhunted by Wesleyan to lead the firm’s strategic communications. He has supported Wesleyan’s partnerships with local charities, including LoveBrum and Birmingham Children’s Hospital; provided mentoring support to colleagues; and is a Director of a Multi-School Trust, developing strategy and holding the Trust CEO to account. Nathan has also led a corporate partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme, specialising in supporting disadvantaged young people.

Ria Blagburn
Founder, GrowBeyond

Founder of start-up and tech marketing consultancy GrowBeyond, Ria’s work has helped add millions of pounds in value to Birmingham-based businesses. A marketer with a passion for storytelling, her experience of working with small businesses has seen her services in high demand, whilst also managing the operations of the rapidly-growing consultancy. An advocate for Birmingham’s tech scene, she is an Ambassador for Silicon Canal – the organisation that aims to create a tech ecosystem in the city. She is a regular speaker for the University of Birmingham’s careers service; is a mentor on the University of Birmingham’s mentoring scheme; and founder of Networking for Introverts, a networking group that helps introverts talk to strangers about their companies without crippling anxiety.

The winner will be announced one week today at BYPY 2017!

The Marketing & Comms Category is Sponsored by BNP Paribas Personal Finance