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Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Executive Officer appointed as BPS Birmingham Future Chair

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Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Executive Officer appointed as BPS Birmingham Future Chair.

Katie Fulcher, Executive Officer at Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, is to be the next BPS Birmingham Future Chair. Katie will take over the reigns from solicitor Victoria Ball at an event being held at Birmingham Council House on Thursday 6th September.

Katie will lead the membership organisation representing young professionals in the region for the next year.

At the event guests will hear reflections from out going Chair Victoria, who this week started a new job as Legal Director at DLA Piper in their Construction and Engineering practice, and from Katie who will set out her ambitions and objectives for the year ahead.

Reflecting on her year as Chair, Victoria will say how an organisation with such a diverse set of activities as Birmingham Future could not operate without the tireless contribution of its’ volunteers who ensure the wide range of events, mentoring and education programmes take place.

Victoria will highlight the 18th Birthday of the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Awards that saw another fantastic celebration of the region’s young talent take place at the ICC in May; the third Professional Services Week which saw 1000 students visit over 40 sector firms for various workshops and seminars in June and the recent successful completion by the second cohort of young professionals to undertake the Leadership Development Programme that Birmingham Future runs in collaboration with Aston Business School as the high points of her year.

Katie, in her first speech as Chair, will set out her three core themes and objectives for the year. Although all three areas work as three definitive objectives they are also firmly interlinked.

The first area will be to continue to ensure that Birmingham Future provides a relevant and effective membership experience combining both a range of networking and social events with opportunities for personal development and promoting the views of young professionals to a wider set of stakeholders.

The second area will be to focus on advances in technology that are set to potentially transform the way professional firms deliver their services in the future, and the need for the sector to innovate. The developments in AI and machine learning will impact on the way young professionals do business and the creation of Innovation Champions is a response to ensure that the opportunities provided through innovation will be at the forefront of the sector’s continued development.

Finally Katie will set out her objective that Birmingham Future, as a representative body of young professionals in the region, can successfully facilitate the promotion of a more diverse set of opinions and perspectives that will be heard not only within sector firms but to wider audiences.

At the event it will be confirmed that Samantha Miller, Associate at Eversheds Sutherland LLP will be the Deputy Chair of Birmingham Future.