The region’s most senior fire officer is set to follow in the footsteps of the city’s top architect and best known chef by chairing the judging panel of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year.
Vij Randeniya, who is chief fire officer of West Midlands Fire Service, will lead an eight-strong panel of judges, putting the BYPY finalists through their paces during an intensive judging day in March before the winners are announced at an awards ceremony on May 17.
Last year judging for the event, which was won by Davis Langdon’s Hilary Allen, was chaired by Glenn Howells and the year before that Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell.
Mr Randeniya said: “Having attended the awards as a guest for the past two years, I’ve always found BYPY to be a worthy celebration of achievement, identifying a truly inspirational group of winners on every occasion.
“Celebrating and developing the talent that exists within our city is an essential part of our work as it is the talent, determination and resilience of our young people that will shape the future of our great city.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the finalists, finding out more about their work and enjoying a strong debate with my fellow judges to identify the category and overall winners.”
Rebecca Mawdsley, chair of the BYPY committee and operations director at eNL Legal Recruitment, said: “I’m really pleased that Vij has agreed to chair the judging panel. While the day-to-day challenges of running West Midlands Fire Service are different to those encountered in professional services firms, many of the leadership and management skills are the same.
“I’m looking forward to working with Vij over the next few months to identify the 2012 winners and am confident BYPY will hugely benefit from the insights and fresh perspective he will bring.”