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  • The BPS Birmingham Future Diversity & Inclusion committee carried our their inaugural survey on D&I in the professional services sector in the closing months of 2019, and we are pleased to announce the publication of their first annual report. The goal of this work is to examine the current state of diversity and inclusion within the sector in order to help BPS Birmingham and partner organisations develop a greater understanding of the current challenges faced by our city’s professional services workforce. The committee and wider organisation will then use this data to support companies and individuals create workplaces that are truly accessible and welcoming for everyone, regardless of factors like age, race, gender, sexuality, or socio-economic background. To view the report download it here: BPS Birmingham Future D&I report 2019_

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  • Committee Role: BPS Future Property & Infrastructure committee member What is your background, and what is your current profession? I am a transport planner by profession, based in Birmingham city centre but with projects across the UK. I’ve been really fortunate to work on many of the key regeneration and redevelopment projects in the city, including Paradise, Mailbox, Grand Hotel, Barclaycard Arena, BrindleyPlace, Port Loop, Bullring, Grand Central as well as transport policy and connectivity projects. I am a Director at Peter Brett Associates, now part of Stantec, responsible for the Birmingham office. When and why did you join BPS Future? I joined the committee in March 2018 for three reasons: one, having spent a long time working in Birmingham I wanted to help use my contacts to progress the committee and organising the events two – I wanted to try and do something outside of work that wasn’t just […]

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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 […]

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  • On Wednesday 3rd July, BPS Future members gathered at Lost and Found to gain exclusive insight into the topics, facilitators and dates of the 4th Leadership Development Programme in partnership with Aston Business School. Taking relief from the glorious sunshine that evening, new, long-standing and even non-members networked in a private balcony area in the popular city centre bar and restaurant. With awaiting staff and discounted rates, guests chatted away for several hours. Some sharing their experience of taking part in a previous cohort, others explaining why they are so keen to apply. The race has now officially begun to be awarded a place on the sought-after development opportunity. Announcing that applications were live for the programme were Gemma Dipple, Chair of the Development Committee, Katie Fulcher, Chair of Birmingham Future, Beth Sadler, programme director for cohorts 1, 2 and 3, and Limara Rickell, who will be programme director for […]

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  • The unique diversity profile of the West Midlands is a huge asset but there is a significant leadership diversity gap. On Wednesday 5th June, the Centre for Women’s Enterprise, Leadership, Economy and Diversity (WE LEAD) at University of Birmingham hosted senior business leaders from across the region to showcase leading edge research on how to develop inclusive organisations for long-term leadership success. The forum was chaired by Professor Kiran Trehan Director of WE LEAD. She led an interactive discussion with cross-sector senior leaders and industry experts who champion the recent findings of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Leadership Commission. Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, gave the opening keynote addressing the inclusivity and leadership gap and an agenda for change. He gave insight into his personal experience, the challenges he is tackling head-on and his hopes for the future. Speakers Karl Edge, Regional Chairman of KPMG, and Roger Dix, […]

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