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Over 80 regional professionals came together to celebrate the third cohort of BPS Birmingham Future members complete an 11 month Leadership Development Programme in partnership with Aston Business School.

Hosted on Wednesday 10th July at Conference Aston, on the Aston University campus, guests were greeted at the 4* hospitality venue with a variety of canapes, wine and soft drinks in the Courtyard Lounge.

The formal proceedings were started by Beth Sadler, Account Manager at Aston University, and programme director for 3 years, who congratulated the cohort and thanked the academics, associates and guest speakers who had contributed to the programme’s successful delivery. Beth shared her highlights of the cohort’s journey and praised their dedication to the opportunity.

“I am incredibly proud of what you have all achieved professionally in the past year, alongside completing the programme. Discovering a new confidence in the language, thinking, and behaviour of good leadership. In gaining all of this, you have made me, your peers, colleagues and family very proud.

You also act as a great role model to the wider young professional network in the region. That to be a good leader, takes on-going development, commitment and investment.”

Katie Fulcher, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, GBSLEP and Chair of BPS Birmingham Future, followed with a rallying keynote speech.

“It will be this generation of professionals who emerge to lead our BPFS firms.

My hope is that those of you who have completed the programme will use what you have learned to strengthen your teams, your organisation and the region’s professional services offer as a whole.”

Deputy Dean of Aston Business School, Professor Caroline Elliott, was delighted to present the participants with their certificates. Commenting on the energy and enthusiasm in the room, and the reciprocal value of the School’s partnership with BPS Future.

After a 3-course dinner, Beth was joined by Kate Grantham and Hannah Whiting from local charity LoveBrum to announce the winners of the evening’s raffle prizes A bottle of champagne donated by Higgs and Sons, and a meal for two at the Alchemist that were kindly donated, raised an incredible £420.

To close the evening Katie announced from the cohort who had been awarded “overall star student winner”, recognition from the workshop facilitators for exceptional contribution. Kuli Bajwa, Associate Director at RPS was presented with a £50 voucher for Fazenda, and Elizabeth Mulley, Senior Associate at Trowers and Hamlins a voucher for champagne afternoon tea at Lost & Found.

After another rapturous applause for the cohort, Katie signposted that applications are open for the 4th Leadership Development Programme starting in October. Applications will close on the 31st August and the programme is exclusive to Future members.

Many of the cohort continued their celebrations till the later hours of the evening, further cementing new friendships and adding to the memories made from taking part.

Information about the 4th programme and application process can be found here