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  • As we continue to measure the impact of Professional Services Week 2017, BPS Executive Director Hilary Smyth-Allen, joined Kathryn Lennon Johnson to discuss the successes, challenges and how we plan to keep on striving to improve social mobility and bridge the gap between school leavers and employers. you can listen to the full conversation with BESS TV below.  

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  • As an organisation committed to the advancement of Birmingham’s business professional services community, it should come as no surprise that BPS Birmingham Future is leading the way when it comes to innovative methods of mentoring and development. Mentoring usually involves a young or junior individual learning from someone more advanced in their career. However, more experienced members of the BPS community can benefit considerably from having a younger mentor by participating in the ‘reverse’ mentoring scheme run by Birmingham Future’s Mentoring Academy and piloted alongside Colmore Business District . How do participants benefit? Our mentees learn a lot from reverse mentoring, especially if they’re looking to develop their understanding of unfamiliar areas of the business landscape like social media, or get a new perspective from a younger professional. “Reverse mentoring is great,” says Wesleyan COO Liz McKenzie, who was paired with Hattie D’Souza, Account Manager and Head of Social Strategy […]

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  • Back in May Michael Parker was our named Birmingham Young Professional of The Year 2017 (BYPY). Since then it’s been a whirlwind two months in his new ambassadorial role. Hear his thoughts on what’s been happening.   Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 1017, Michael Parker is currently leading the national Performance Improvement service at construction consultancy Gleeds. Michael has had a significant career in the property and construction sector. After graduating from Cardiff University with a Master of Engineering degree, his career began with national housebuilder Taylor Wimpey. He has since held prominent positions with organisations including AECOM, Ernst and Young (EY), and Birmingham-based Curium Solutions. In addition to completing an MBA at Reading University, he is Lean Six Sigma certified and is a member of the Association of Project Management (MAPM). Outside of work, he is an Ambassador for charity LoveBrum, is a guest lecturer at a local […]

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  • Victoria Masso is a certified body language trainer, sound engineer and entrepreneur. She runs her own business BeOrigami. Victoria has a Masters in International Business from Aston University and speaks more than three languages. Throughout her life she has had the privilege to live in many places around the world. Victoria says “this has allowed me to understand the world from different angles as well as made me aware and question things I would not have otherwise”. Here she has shared with us 5 things that have improved her professional life by getting out of her comfort zone 1) Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially to people that are in top places and seem unreachable. Most of the time they will be happy to give you a hand. Just ask! 2) Surround yourself with people that know more than you. This will keep you motivated and you will learn […]

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  • At various times in your career, the need to develop yourself as a leader will emerge and you’ll wonder how and why you are going to make the next step. I have found that as each opportunity presents itself, there are simple principles you can apply to help prepare yourself for what can sometimes seem like a move out of your comfort zone. One of my key outcomes as an international governance consultant is to develop effective board members the world over. To this end, I created the Effective Board Member Programmes which are designed to equip those people who want to contribute to the leadership of an organisation by becoming board members with the right knowledge, skills and experience to do so. I have identified that there are 6Cs that serve as a helpful reminder of what it takes to become an effective board member but here, are also […]

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