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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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  • What is your background, and what is your current profession? I’ve worked for HSBC since leaving University working across our Retail Banking business, and in our Strategy and HR functions.  I have broader HR business partnering experience and am currently a talent professional working with early careers talent as the Graduate and Intern Development lead for HSBC UK. When and why did you join BPS Future? I joined BPS Future in autumn 2017.  After moving to Birmingham in late 2016 I wanted to build connections within my new city.  As I look after early careers talent who are geographically mobile, and move placements every 6 months, I actively endorsed Aspire membership to our graduates based in Birmingham and it was a natural link for me to join Future. What is your favourite and most rewarding part of membership? What have you achieved as a likely result of membership? I really […]

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  • Daniel Williams from Avison Young took home the top prize at the annual celebration of Birmingham’s finest professional services talent at the ICC last night. Head of Resourcing at Avison Young, Daniel Williams, will be “a force for good” for the city after being crowned Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY).  Daniel took home the top prize at BPS Birmingham Future’s 19th annual BYPY Awards last night which celebrate the city’s best professional services talent aged 35 and under. The awards ceremony was hosted by presenter, Mark Durden-Smith, at the ICC. Daniel was praised for his positivity and desire to push diversity and inclusivity, winning the HR, Recruitment & Training award before being chosen ahead of five other category winners to be named overall Birmingham Young Professional of the Year. He will now receive a fully funded scholarship to study for an Executive MBA at Aston Business School worth […]

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  • Martin Prince-Parrott sits as the Chair of our recently re branded Property & Infrastructure Committee. We caught up with him to hear his thoughts on Birmingham, being a member of Future and the impact the city’s infrastructure has on communities and the professional services sector as a whole. What is your background, and what is your current profession? Architect. Background in residential design, tall buildings with some higher education. When and why did you join BPS Future? I joined BPS to develop my network and take the opportunity to develop skills which I may not have had the opportunity to develop till much later in my career. Leadership, networking, volunteering. What is your favourite and most rewarding part of membership? What have you achieved as a likely result of membership? The most rewarding part of membership is being amongst so many young and driven professionals. Everyone I meet inspires me […]

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  • The BPS Birmingham initiative that brings 9+ students together with firms from the Business, Professional and Financial Services sector for a series of workplace visits, workshops and seminars will be taking place for the fourth year at the end of June. This year’s Professional Services Week (PSW) will be expanding its reach further with two days of activity in Coventry and Solihull. Sponsored by DLA Piper, Deloitte and the Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy (part of BMET) and endorsed by the West Midlands Mayor, WMCA and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, PSW is aiming to bring over 2000 9+ students into a meaningful engagement with professional firms from across the region. PSW will be held between Monday 24th and Friday 28th June. Last year’s PSW saw 45 schools register to take part resulting in 2000 students involved in a range of activities through the week at over […]

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