The founder of Birmingham-based Maverick Television, Johnnie Turpie is at the heart of the city’s fast-growing media sector.
Maverick’s big successes include Channel 4’s How to Look Good Naked in which style guru Gok Wan transforms plain, downtrodden ugly ducklings into shining confident swans, happy to pose naked for the camera. How Clean is Your House and 10 Years Younger also come from the Maverick stable.
Chief executive of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2006, Mr Blackett is a tireless champion for hundreds of city businesses. He played a leading role in bringing together the partnership or public and private organisations that succeeded in securing the redevelopment of New Street Station. Mr Blackett has also campaigned effectively for the extension of the Birmingham International Airport runway.
The senior partner of accountant Ernst & Young in Birmingham moved to the UK in 1994 from his native South Africa and quickly made the city his home. A key player in the business community, he has been involved in a number of the city’s most influential organisations - including the CBI West Midlands Regional Council, Birmingham Forward, the Birmingham Learning & Skills Council and Birmingham Professional DiverCity.
The chairman of Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT, Mr Sondhi has lived, studied and worked in Birmingham for more than 40 years and has a degree in physics from the University of Birmingham. He has worked on a number of community action projects in inner city areas. He founded the Asian Resource Centre in Handsworth in 1976 and was made a CBE for services to community relations in 1999. He is also a governor of the BBC.
The executive director of property developer Argent Group is one of the big names behind the success of Brindleyplace. During his time running The Brindleyplace Limited Partnership, he has got to know every tenant at the canalside development and has made it a model for urban estate management. He holds a clutch of awards, including the title of Birmingham Future Young Professional of the Year 2001 and Inspiring Leader 2005. He is also chairman of Broad Street BID and director of Marketing Birmingham.
Parminder Singh Jutla
Head of the Birmingham team at UnLtd, a charitable organisation set up by seven leading organisations that promote social entrepreneurship. He aims to offer a consultancy agency which represents grass roots, urban communities in Birmingham, while developing the role of social entrepreneurs as a force for positive change in the United Kingdom.
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Power 50 - In the frame this year:
> Dierdre Kelly, Christine Braddock, Tim Watts, Mohammed Naseem, Bishop Joe Aldred, Stuart Griffiths
> Faraz Yousufzai, Sarah Gee, Richard Riley, Gurjeet Kaur Bains, Jemima Prasadam, David Waller
> Digby Jones, Michael Lyons, Suzie Norton, Mike Whitby, Joan Blaney
> Andrew Mitchell, Paul Bassi, Salma Yaqoob, Paul Tilsley, Clive Dutton, Jon Bounds
> Liam Byrne, Lord Bhattacharyya, Julia King, Alan Chatham, Paul Thandi
> Ammo Talwar, David Cragg, Glenn Howells, David Bintley, Graham Vick, Soweto Kinch, Sandra Hall
> Julie Moore, Dorothy Wilson, Derek Webley, Steve Dyson, Albert Bore, Ian Squires