Meet the Committees
Alongside the BPS Birmingham Executive Team we have eight 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:
Mike Colledge, Denfield (Chair)
Natalie Barnes, Irwin Mitchell
Laura Gallagher, DBK Ltd
Sameera Amarasiri, BDO
Sophie Taylor, Squire Patton Boggs
Pia Pearson, Innovation Birmingham
Mike Bandar, Turn Partners
Elle Cuthbert-Edkins, Turn Partners
Matt Walker, Clive Reeves
Sara Mills, Purple Frog
Scarlett Armstrong-Sly, BPS Birmingham
#BYPY #BYPY17 #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. Sessions have included how to establish your personal brand, effective leadership, growing your networks, preparing for appraisals – plus many more (not forgetting all sessions are accompanied by pizza!)
The Development committee is sponsored by Aston Business School.
Development committee members are:
Laura Rollason, Big Lottery Fund (Chair)
Will Hawkins, Brewin Dolphin
Samantha Dipple, Higgs & Sons
Beth Sadler, Aston Business School
Pardeep Lagha, Squire Patton Boggs
Charlotte Palmer, Turley
Harman Bains, Higgs & Sons
Sophie Murtough, DLA Piper
Katie Fulcher, Squire Patton Boogs
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:
Imogen Francis, Chair, Shoosmith LLP
Eliza Hakes, Deputy Chair, Deutsche Bank
Emma Hicks, Marketing Lead, Forresters
Rhian Banks, Barker Brettell LLP
Lauren Webb, Brown Jacobson
Rebecca Hawkins, Shoosmith LLP
Melissa Stanford, Bevan Brittan
Katie Willems, Higgs & Sons
Hannah Green, Urban Comms
Laura Townsend, Whistle PR
Their events include:
Member-only round table discussions
Monthly #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, Chair, Cushman & Wakefield
Miles Drew, Deputy Chair, GVA Bilfinger
Sophie Drake, Marketing Lead, Story Comms
Ivan Law, Amber Real Estate
Steve Townsend, Associated Architects
Michael Parker, Gleeds
Bryony Martin, AECOM
Ross Bayliss, Arcadis
Brad Roberts, Browne Jacobson
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 Sharpe, Wright Hassal, (Chair)
Cidonye Howell, Trowers & Hamlins, (Deputy Chair)
Daniela Lacey, Washington Green, (Marketing Lead)
Roxana Raileanu, BPS Birmingham
Dan Worthing, Brooks Macdonald
Sarah-Jane Evans, EST
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:
Dan Thompson, D4 Software Ltd (Chair)
Louise Bennett, DBK (Marketing Lead)
Rickie Lovell, Achieve Physiothrapy
Hattie D’Souza, EAST VILLAGE.
Amelia Ladbrook, SimkissGuy Recruitment
Charles Harris, DBK
Mo Khan, Mazars
Sandra Benbow, BSEEN
Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard, Thursfield
The team coordinates our seasonal get-togethers, monthly Cereal Networking events, and anything else that takes their fancy.
So far this year, they’ve 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. Look out for sushi making and a masquerade ball later in the year too!
The Social & Culture committee is sponsored by SimkissGuy Recruitment.
Social & Culture committee members are:
Demi Swingler, Core (Chair)
Nicole Gaunlett(Marketing Lead)
Nicola Seymore, Pinsent Mason
Gareth Hegarty, Shakespeare Martineau
Dan Campbell, EY
Phil Innes, Loki
Jamie Berry, Odyssey Corporate Finance
Mike Lally, Buro4
Harriet Rogers, Squire Patton Boggs
Kate Clarke, Eversheds
Living up to the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ mantra, the team looks for activities that keep us fit whilst having fun.
For dedicated members, you can get involved with our football and netball teams, to showcase the sporting prowess of Birmingham Future on a monthly basis. If you’re more of a fairweather sportsman or woman, the committee offers some great one-off activities for you to try… from yoga and white collar boxing, to rounders and even the odd Wolf Run.
If you prefer to just watch sport, the committee also plans group trips to watch horse racing and cricket. They also plan the annual Future Sports Quiz, which raises money for our charity partner, LoveBrum.
Sports committee members are:
Oliver Attfield, Glide (Chair)
Amy Bird, Sport Birmingham (Marketing Lead)
Tom Rawlings, Warwickshire County Cricket Club
Marissa Jacquet, Grove Tompkins Bosworth
If you are keen to get involved in one of our committees, email us with the subject line ‘Future Committee’.