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“Force for good”, Daniel Williams, crowned Birmingham Young Professional of the Year

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Daniel Williams from Avison Young took home the top prize at the annual celebration of Birmingham’s finest professional services talent at the ICC last night.

Head of Resourcing at Avison Young, Daniel Williams, will be “a force for good” for the city after being crowned Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY).  Daniel took home the top prize at BPS Birmingham Future’s 19th annual BYPY Awards last night which celebrate the city’s best professional services talent aged 35 and under. The awards ceremony was hosted by presenter, Mark Durden-Smith, at the ICC.

Daniel was praised for his positivity and desire to push diversity and inclusivity, winning the HR, Recruitment & Training award before being chosen ahead of five other category winners to be named overall Birmingham Young Professional of the Year.

He will now receive a fully funded scholarship to study for an Executive MBA at Aston Business School worth £18,000 and spend the next year representing the city as BYPY.

Katie Fulcher, chair of BPS Birmingham Future, said: “A huge congratulations to Daniel. He’s not only really impressive professionally, but a very engaging individual and a force for good. I have no doubt he will change lives and be able to do something really positive for the city.

We were so impressed by the high standard of candidates this year, demonstrating just how much young talent exists in Birmingham.”

Claire Moore, Director of Operations at BYPY’s headline sponsor, BNP Paribas Personal Finance, said: “As a local employer in the West Midlands region, we’re always keen to help young talent grow and develop. Our ongoing commitment to BYPY gives us an excellent opportunity to recognise and celebrate the incredible successes of young professionals in Birmingham, all of whom are great advocates for the city and its rapidly-evolving professional services sector.

“In keeping with this, I’m proud to be among the first to offer congratulations to this year’s winner, Daniel Williams. It’s an incredible achievement to win such a prestigious award and we hope it helps him to continue to fast-track his development in what is already proving to be an exciting, rewarding and successful career.”

The other category winners are below. Click through here to see the full 2019 shortlist:

Legal – sponsored by DLA Piper UK LLP

Michelle Adams, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Marketing & Communications – sponsored by Lightbox Digital

Kerry Lenihan, TA Cook/T|A|C Events

Property & Construction – Sponsored by Bruntwood

Raj Sanghera, Blackswan Property

Technology & Innovation – sponsored by PwC

Rich Westman, Kaido

Finance – sponsored by Wesleyan

Susan Webb, PwC

The Aspiring Talent award (sponsored by HSBC), which celebrates individuals currently in education or training for a professional services career, was given to Heidi Walford of Pinsent Masons LLP.

This year’s Inspiring Leader award (sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs) was presented to Alex Bishop, Partner and National Head of the Litigation Services practice at Shoosmiths LLP.