The new chair of Birmingham Future has been officially appointed to the role – and restructured her business to ensure she can give it her all.
Nicola Fleet-Milne - owner and managing director of FleetMilne Residential – officially took over at the helm of the young professional organisation from Jones Lang Lasalle’s Gareth Morgan at an event at the Crowne Plaza.
Speaking at the event, which also saw the appointment of well know PR consultant Suzie Branch as deputy chair, Ms Fleet-Milne said Future’s members should take inspiration from the ancient world.
“In Ancient Greece, you took an oath of Citizenship that said ‘we shall leave this city not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was left to us’,” she said.
“That’s important for us, as an organisation that’s increasingly in a position to effect change. Everyone has their own reasons for joining Birmingham Future, whether it’s professional networking, personal development, mentoring or just socialising. But joining is a first step to being involved. It’s about stepping up. Just imagine if the very first words on your CV were ‘I made this city not less, but greater’.”
However, Ms Fleet-Milne has also been at pains to reassure her clients at her property business that her commitment to Birmingham Future will not affect FleetMilne Residential and her operations director Ben Evans said changes had already been made to the company’s management structure.
“Our clients can rest assured that despite Nicola’s appointment as chair, normal exceptional service will continue throughout,” he said. “We have restructured the management of the business and undergone a recruitment drive this summer, to ensure that there are no gaps and that her time can be freed up sufficiently to service both roles to the fullest.”
The event at Crowne Plaza also provided an opportunity for Mr Morgan to reflect on his year.
“My year has certainly been a journey of discovery for me personally and I have learned quite a few things along the way,” he said. “It has been proven to me that Future and indeed the wider city is home to a truly inspiring group of talented and committed people whose collective energy and intellect is focussed on making Birmingham a great place in which to live and work.”
He added: “This year’s BYPY saw an innovation of which I am personally very proud. One of the things I wanted to achieve was to create a platform upon which Future could identify and celebrate even younger talent in our city. Therefore I was thrilled when we presented our first Aspiring Talent Award to Anisa Hagdadi at the event in May.
“I am also delighted that during my term of office we launched a very exciting initiative with the Future Commission. I believe this project will add significantly to the reputation of Birmingham Future as a key stakeholder in the city and one that is focussed on influencing the way our sector develops.”