Meet the Committees
Alongside the BPS Birmingham Executive Team we have seven dedicated committees who plan, manage and deliver all of BPS Birmingham Future’s events, projects and initiatives. Meet the committees…
This culminates in Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) Awards, one of Future’s flagship events.
In addition to the night itself, the BYPY committee also prepares the nominations process, engages with previous finalists and winners, coaches future applicants, secures sponsors, organises the esteemed judging panel, and generally makes sure that the entire city is whipped up into a frenzy.
BYPY committee members are:
Sophie Carlile, Squire Patton Boggs (Chair)
Kirn Dibra, Experian (Deputy Chair)
Mike Raven, Riley Raven
Matt Walker, Colmore Tang Construction
Kate Evans, West Midlands Growth Company
Natalie Barnes, Irwin Mitchell
Louise Bennett, RPS Group
Laura Gallagher, RPS Group
Charles Pette, Birmingham Hippodrome
Sarah Groves, Gateley
#BYPY #BYPY18 #IAMBYPY
Development events are defined by high quality speakers delivering practical sessions, and have been specifically designed to enable our young professionals to cultivate the skills needed to ‘get ahead’ in their career. They also showcase some of the best external leadership courses in the city.
Sessions cover a wide range of key topics, catering for those just starting out on their professional journey to those who are a few years further into their career.
The Development committee is sponsored by Aston Business School.
Development committee members are:
Laura Rollason, Big Lottery Fund (Chair)
Will Hawkins, Brewin Dolphin
Kristiana Briede, Jask Creative (Marketing Lead)
Samantha Miller, Eversheds Sutherland
Gemma Dipple, Higgs & Sons Shakespeare Martineau
Beth Sadler, Aston Business School
Sophie Murtough, DLA Piper
Pardeep Lagha, Gateleys Solicitors
With Corporate Social Responsibility at its heart, the committee runs two key initiatives that aim to connect young people with the BPS sector:
Business Walks: An opportunity for students in local secondary schools to visit a number of workplaces of businesses in the BPS sector and explore career opportunities across the professions. This one-day event is designed to inspire and motivate students who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to those working in the BPS sector, and helps to proactively raise students’ aspirations.
Dragon’s Den: Future members can volunteer to take part in a one-day Dragon’s Den workshop where pupils in schools across Greater Birmingham create a business idea and pitch it to a panel of Dragons. The event aims to equip pupils with valuable group and communication skills, give them an insight into business processes, and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.
Addressing the Skills Agenda and talent retention, the Engage Committee also took the lead on Professional Services Week, which took place for the first time this year from 27 June – 1 July. To find out more, click here.
Engage committee members are:
Eliza Hakes, Gowling WLG (Chair)
Katie Willems, Higgs and Sons (Deputy Chair)
Katy Paddock, Colmore Business District
Hannah Green, Urban Communications
Raj Sanghera, HKA
Amy Whitehouse, Weightmans LLP
Rebecca Hawkins, Shoosmiths LLP
Rebecca Manders, BDO LLP
Their events include:
Member-only round table discussions
Regular #DiscoverBirmingham behind the scene tours
Updates on key projects in the city; from Paradise to Arena Central
The committee loves anything that involves construction, regeneration, and the economy.
The Infrastructure committee is sponsored by Browne Jacobson.
Infrastructure committee members are:
Claire Biddle, Cushman & Wakefield (Chair)
Miles Drew, GVA (Deputy Chair)
Finn Parrott (IDP Group)
Steve Townsend, Associate Architechs
Bryony Martin, AECOM
Sophie Drake, Story Comms
Michael Parker, Gleeds
Ivan Law, Areil
Brad Robers, Brown Jacobson
David Jobling, Arcadis
The committee regularly presents to businesses across Greater Birmingham, showcasing the reasons why BPS Birmingham membership is a must. They also run regular ‘Meet BPS’ events, where you can meet members from across Aspire, Future and Leaders, whilst enjoying a free drink.
The Membership Committee is also there to ensure that members are getting the most out of their experience. This includes organising regular Speed Networking events, to help connect members; as well as organising member only shopping events. They are also the ones behind your exclusive monthly Member Offers.
Membership committee members are:
Matt Sharp, Wright Hassall (Chair)
Cidonye Howell, Trowers & Hamlins (Deputy Chair)
Daniela Lacey, Wshington Green (Marketing Lead)
Katie Fulcher, GBSLEP
Deanna Page, BPS Birmingham
Katherine Utton, Browne Jacobson
Ashleigh Carr, Irwin Mitchell
Helen Monro, Gowling WLG
Harman Baines, Higgs and Sons
The Future Mentoring Academy brings together Aspire Mentoring and Future Mentoring to partner aspiring, emerging and established leaders to learn from each other, inspire each other and provide support to each other.
Aspire Mentoring gives Future members the opportunity to mentor students aged 18-24 in higher education institutions across the region; drawing upon skills and experience that you’ve gained from working in the BPS sector.
Future Mentoring is for our members who wish to reap the rewards of being mentored by a successful professional from within the region, or who feel that they can offer their time and experience as a mentor.
The Mentoring committee is sponsored by Browne Jacobson.
To find out more visit the Mentoring page.
Mentoring committee members are:
Ria Blagburn, GrowBeyond (Chair)
Sandra Benbow, BSEEN (Deputy Chair)
Mo Khan, Mazars
Charlie Harris, DBK
Hattie D’Souza, East Village
The team coordinates our seasonal get-togethers, monthly networking events, and anything else that takes their fancy.
Last year, they organised theatre trips, wine tasting, a charity poker night, and networking on a canal boat. They have the best connections in the city and arrange Future meet-ups at events like Digbeth Dining Club and Birmingham Beer Bash!
The Social committee is sponsored by SimkissGuy Recruitment.
Social committee members are:
Jamie Berry, Odyssey Corporate Finance (Chair)
Josh Howells (Gateley)
Demi Swingler, Core
Nicola Seymore, Pinsent Masons
Harriet Rogers, Squire Patton Boggs
Amy Bird, Sports Birmingham
Jay Harper, BFAST Fitness
If you are keen to get involved in one of our committees, email us with the subject line ‘Future Committee’.