BPS Birmingham Future has unveiled the committee for its 17th Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) Awards, taking place on Thursday 18th May 2017 at the ICC.

Taking the helm is Mike Colledge, former Deputy Chair and Client Services Director at Leamington Spa-based marketing agency Denfield, closely supported by Sophie Taylor, Associate at law firm Squire Patton Boggs.

With seven years experience in marketing and events, Mike brings his knowledge and expertise to help make the 17th annual BYPY the biggest event to date.

The most prominent event in the business and professional services calendar, BYPY sees the sectors’ senior leaders and the city’s civic leaders join young leaders and professionals to celebrate rising talent.

L-R: Matt Walker, Natalie Barnes, Scarlett Armstrong-Sly, Sameera Amarasiri, Sophie Taylor, Sara-Ann Mills-Bricknell, Mike Bandar, Eleanor Cuthbert-Edkins, Mike Colledge, Pia Pearson and Laura Gallagher.

L-R: Matt Walker, Natalie Barnes, Scarlett Armstrong-Sly, Sameera Amarasiri, Sophie Taylor, Sara-Ann Mills-Bricknell, Mike Bandar, Eleanor Cuthbert-Edkins, Mike Colledge, Pia Pearson and Laura Gallagher.

Bringing a wealth of experience in managing flagship events is Pia Pearson, Marketing Manager at Innovation Birmingham, who returns to the committee. Natalie Barnes, Banking & Finance Associate at Irwin Mitchell, also returns. Mike Bandar, Founding Partner of Turn Partners, who brings his expertise in acquisition, turnaround and creation of online businesses to support the team and develop the awards’ technology category.

Looking after finances is Sameera Amarasiri, Manager within Business Assurance at BDO LLP, who returns for his second year on the committee. Laura Gallagher, a qualified Project Quantity Surveyor who has worked on landmark Birmingham developments including the Mailbox Redevelopment, also returns. A former finalist in the Property & Construction category, Laura has first-hand experience of the BYPY process.

Supporting communications and digital for BYPY 2017 is a team of comms experts; Eleanor Cuthbert-Edkins, Customer Service & Community Manager at Turn Partners returns for her second year, bringing her experience of building strong online communities to the table. Sara-Ann Mills-Bricknell, a Media and Communications graduate from BCU, also returns to provide PR support alongside Matt Walker, Client Services Manager at Clive Reeves Public Relations, who joins the committee for his first year.

Scarlett Armstrong-Sly, Events & Marketing Assistant at BPS Birmingham, joins as the BPS representative, reinforcing the team and providing support to the committee.

Looking to next year’s event, Mike Colledge said: “I couldn’t be more excited and proud to be BYPY Chair 2017. This time around we want to not only celebrate the vast array of talent currently residing in the city, but to also pay homage to the previous successful candidates. BYPY winners have gone on to achieve amazing feats and I’m keen to showcase these throughout my year in tenure.

“As the biggest regional hub of business professional services in the UK it is important that we come together to celebrate the talent that is within our region. A 2017 launch will take place early in the new year and the committee has already started plans to make it our most successful BYPY to date.”

This year (2016) saw Abby Corfan, Director of Marketing & Digital at CBSO, awarded the title of BYPY 2016 for her demonstrable knowledge and success as a marketer.

One of the city’s most prestigious awards ceremonies, BYPY recognises and celebrates talented individuals aged 35 and under from within Birmingham’s professional services sector. Awards span six categories: finance, HR, legal, marketing and communications, property and construction, and technology, with one candidate being named ‘Birmingham’s Young Professional of the Year’.

More information and tickets for BYPY 2017 will be available soon at http://bpsbirmingham.co.uk/bypy/

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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