Finalists have been revealed for this year’s Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY), with 18 young professionals from across the city’s professional services sector in the running to be crowned BYPY 2017.

BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship event, BYPY celebrates the city’s finest talent across six award categories, with one category winner taking the highly-coveted title of Overall BYPY Winner. For the first time, this year’s winner will also receive an Executive MBA from Aston University worth £20,000.

BYPY 2017 Finalists:

Property & Construction

Charles Jones - Christie & Co
Michael Parker - Gleeds
Steve Townsend - Associated Architects


Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard - Thursfield
Victoria Ball - Trowers & Hamlin
Matthew Sharp - Wright Hassall

HR, Recruitment & Training

Rob Markwell - Pitch Consultants
Alexandra Barre - Idex
Katy Hanby - KPMG


Adam Rollason - Higgs & Sons
Chris Taylor - Jasper Corporate Finance
Andy Lee - NatWest Bank

Marketing & Comms

Ria Blagburn - GrowBeyond
Nathan Wallis - Wesleyan
David Glenwright - JC Social Media


Glenn Karlsson - Green Frog Power
James Nestoruk - Stickee Technology Ltd
Dan Rice - Turn Partners

Finalists have also been revealed in the Aspiring Talent category, which celebrates a standout individual aged between 16 and 24 and with the calibre of entries so high, the judges have increased the category to four stand-out finalists. The award for Inspiring Leader, given to someone who has shown unwavering commitment to the city, will be announced at the awards ceremony, taking place on Thursday 18th May at the ICC.

Aspiring Talent Finalists:

Zara Fortt - BMet
Sarah Fraser - Deloitte
Luke Billings - Aston University
Brogan Kent - KPMG

Mike Colledge, Committee Chair for BYPY 2017, said: “BYPY highlights the incredible talent that the sector has to offer, and never has this been more apparent than in the standard of entries that we received this year. Our sifting panel has carried out one of the toughest jobs in the BYPY process, and our finalists are some of the most driven and successful individuals l that we’ve seen over the last 17 years. They will all now face our judging panel, chaired by Sir John Peace, before one is crowned BYPY 2017 on 18th May.  It’s a tough process, but one that has taken previous finalists and winners on a whirlwind journey of success.”

This year’s event is being supported by Headline Sponsor Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet).

Tickets for BYPY, which takes place on Thursday 18th May at ICC Birmingham, can be found at:


About BPS Birmingham and Birmingham Young Professional of the Year

  • BPS Birmingham is the membership organisation of choice and the voice of the business professional and financial services (BPS) sector in Greater Birmingham. It represents, promotes and connects its members, their firms, the sector and the city region.

  • BPS Birmingham Future is the membership network for the emerging leaders of the professional services sector; young professionals with drive, momentum and passion.

  • Future’s flagship event is Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY), which recognises and rewards talent under 35 years old across six key categories: Finance; HR, Recruitment and Training; Legal; Marketing and Communications; Property and Construction; and Technology. As well as a stand-out 16-24 year old in an ‘Aspiring Talent’ category and an ‘Inspiring Leader’.

  • BYPY17 is taking place at the ICC on Thursday 18 May. Headline sponsor for this year is BMet. Squire Patton Boggs is this year’s Inspiring Leader sponsor, the Mailbox sponsors the Legal Category, Deloitte sponsors the Finance Category, BNP Paribas sponsors the Marketing and Comms Category, and SimkissGuy is sponsoring the Drinks Reception on the night. BYPY has also teamed up with Style Birmingham Magazine, and is being supported by 5874 and Hollywood Monster as creative and print sponsors.

PR by Clive Reeves PR, Birmingham