It's just a week to go now until the 2015 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Awards takes place the ICC. We have just two categories left to meet through our Q&As so today HR, recruitment and training hopeful Verity Stokes talks Shakespeare, transporters and Geneva's perfect mix.
Name: Verity Stokes
Job title: Divisional Leader
Company: Katie Bard
BYPY category: HR, Recruitment and Training
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?
Shakespeare - I have a feeling his life might have been quite rock and roll and where did he get inspiration for all his female characters?
2) Which single element of any city in the world that you have visited would you like to see transplanted into Birmingham?
Geneva's proximity to the mountains (work in the morning, ski the afternoon) but I also love New York's size and scale.
3) Which technological innovation would you happily see consigned to history and what would you like to see invented which doesn't yet exist?
Automated telephone systems - why do they never understand what I'm saying? I would love a "transporter". At the flick of a switch, you could be anywhere on the world.
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?
Ron Weasley's family, The Queen but I'd have Prince Philip, Lisa Marie Presley but I'd have her dad.
I think dinner parties should be fun and a real mix of people and where you walk away having learnt or experienced something new.
5) There are many 'National Days', some more obscure than others, but which one would you like to create that doesn't already exist?
I think I'd want a National Try Something New Day when you can try anything that you had always hankered to do but have never had the chance.