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Victoria picks up the Future Ball

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Victoria Ball, a Senior Associate at Trowers and Hamlins, has taken over as the new Chair of BPS Birmingham Future.

Tara Tomes, Managing Director of EAST VILLAGE PR agency, officially stepped down as Chair last week at a special dinner at Hotel Du Vin after serving the organisation on a number of committees for over eight years.

At the heart of Victoria’s year is keeping Birmingham Future membership meaningful in a constantly changing landscape for the city’s young professionals, and to ensure that it provides an all-encompassing experience for its members beyond offering events for networking.

Victoria believes strongly in building Future’s collaborative approach. In her speech last Thursday evening, Victoria said:

“If we are to truly succeed in the constant fight to retain talent, which is not a new problem, we need to collaborate with like-minded organisations by talking to and working with other organisations that are already doing great things to promote our region.

By working with these organisations, including a number of the large corporate employers…we can have an even bigger impact. If there is word that sums my approach to the next year it is collaboration.”

Victoria also used her first address as Chair to thank Tara Tomes:

“I have been very lucky to have served with Tara and to have learned so much from her in a short time.

She has been a truly inspiring mentor. On top of managing her business – she has had a fantastic year as chair of Future and worked tirelessly for the organisation over many years.

Reflecting on her time as Chair, Tara said:

“I can’t believe that my year as chair has come to an end, but what a 12 months it has been.

“I stood at the Handover this time last year and said that we’d work together, with our members and member firms, to ensure that Future stayed relevant to today’s young professionals.

“…I know that Victoria will continue to build on the great work already done by the organisation.

The outgoing Chair continued:

“We have increased our engagement in schools, with another successful Professional Services Week, as well as a partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company….[This] not only helps us promote the sector to young people but also provide our members with the opportunity to give back.

“… we have also engaged ‘emerging leaders’ in our exclusive Leadership Development Programme, in partnership with Aston Business School, and secured a second cohort which is soon to embark on the nine-month course.
“In addition our new innovative mentoring scheme, Reverse Mentoring, is pairing up our members with leaders from across the city.

“…not to mention BYPY, which celebrated another successful year and saw us recognise even more talent!”
Tara concluded:

“I will miss being in such an active role for Future but I won’t be far, and I know that Victoria continuing my passion for collaboration will result in truly fantastic things for our members, their firms, the sector, and our city.”

The night also noted Future’s thanks to immediate past chair Rebecca Simkiss after serving three years on the BPS Birmingham board.
BPS Birmingham Future has also named Katie Fulcher, Executive Officer for Key Sectors at the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) as the new Deputy Chair, set to succeed Victoria this time next year.