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Adam Dobson announced as the new chair of BPS Birmingham Aspire

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We’re pleased to announce that Adam Dobson, Account Manager with Handelsbanken in the city, has become the new Chair of BPS Birmingham Aspire. Adam who joined Handelsbanken in the summer of 2016 after graduating from the University of Worcester, takes over the role of Chair from Ashleigh Lloyd, a Consultant in International Tax at Deloitte in Birmingham.

During her incredibly successful tenure Ashleigh not only oversaw Aspire’s two committees and countless events but she was also deeply involved in BPS Birmingham’s first two Professional Services Weeks in 2016 and 2017. Ashleigh has also spearheaded an initiative to improve the accessibility of the sector to those from a more diverse range of backgrounds by launching our Trainee Professional initiative, offering one fortunate college leaver a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience working for the city’s top firms.

We formally thanked Ashleigh and welcomed Adam as her successor at our Welcome to Birmingham event last week. Reflecting on her time heading up the city’s leading membership organisation for students and young professionals Ashleigh remarked;

“It has been a wonderful 18 months leading Aspire. I am proud to have been involved in making Professional Services Week a reality and to be able to launch the Trainee Professional Scheme which takes the best elements of the highly successful Graduate Apprentice and makes it refreshed and relevant for the sector and for students.

“At the heart of Aspire’s core purpose is to provide opportunities to meet and spend time with other young professionals within the city and, as Chair, I have certainly been able to do that. I have significantly built on my network and some of my closest friends I have met through my work with Aspire. I wish Adam every success as he takes over the Chair and takes the organisation forward.”

Looking ahead to his time in the role Adam Dobson said;

“I would like to thank Ashleigh for the excellent work she has done for Aspire. I have had the privilege of serving as her deputy since the summer and have seen first-hand Ashleigh’s dedication, energy and commitment to supporting and nurturing young professionals just embarking on their careers or young people who want to work in the sector. For both groups it can be a very daunting experience and Aspire provides an outlet to meet with others who are in a similar stage of development and to be able to socialise, share ideas and work together on activities beyond the day job.

“During my tenure as Chair I am looking forward to building on our membership base and continuing to widen our engagement with the business community, the education sector and charities.”