Our BYPY 2015 Q&A continues getting to know the legal category nominees. Rachel Seaton, from Shoosmiths' corporate team, travels back to meet Rosa Parks, admonishes the karaoke machine and gets to know Karen Brady's family a bit better.
Name: Rachel Seaton
Job title: Corporate Solicitor
BYPY category: Legal
1) If you could go back in time and have one conversation with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you discuss?
I would like to speak with Rosa Parks, the 'first lady of civil rights' in America, who was arrested in 1955 for not giving up her seat in the 'coloured section' of the bus for a white man, as the 'white' section had been filled.
Her arrest resulted in the Montgomery Bus Boycott which was an important moment in time for the Civil Rights Movement in America.
I would like to ask her: 'Did you know when you refused to move off your seat on the bus that this would have such a huge impact on the civil liberties in America?'
2) Which single element of any city in the world that you have visited would you like to see transplanted into Birmingham?
The Paris metro - a rapid transport system which is punctual and clean. It would also help with the congestion of the busiest motorway in Europe, the M6.
One of the key attributes of the metro is it would link the city to the wider Birmingham community, making the city more accessible.
3) Which technological innovation would you happily see consigned to history and what would you like to see invented which doesn't yet exist?
I would like to see some form of voting app created which allows people to vote on matters in parliament.
It would be an engaging way to get young people involved with the political process and create a true democracy.
I would like to consign the karaoke machine to history to save my ears on a night out.
4) Think about who your ideal dinner guests might be but instead you can only invite their relatives. Who would you choose and what would you ask them?
I would invite Karen Brady's relatives to dinner. She is an inspirational business woman, I admire her contribution to Birmingham and the amazing career she has had.
I would like to ask her family about what it has been like having a wife/mother with such a high profile and successful career and the impact this has had on their family life.
5) There are many 'National Days', some more obscure than others, but which one would you like to create that doesn't already exist?
National Industrial Heritage Day. It would be an amazing opportunity to showcase to the rest of the country Birmingham’s contribution to creating the Great Britain we live in today.
It would be a great way to raise Birmingham's profile nationally and help to educate and inspire the next generation of Birmingham.