Birmingham’s top 18 young professionals for 2016 have been revealed.

The leading lights, aged 35 and under, in finance; HR, Recruitment and Training; law; marketing and communications; property and construction; and technology have been selected as finalists for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY).

An overall winner of the flagship awards, run by BPS Birmingham, will be revealed at the glittering awards ceremony on Thursday 12 May at the ICC, Birmingham.

Three rising stars aged 16 to 24, in full time higher/ further education, who are in the running for the Aspiring Talent Award have also been revealed.

An exemplary figure within the professional community will also be crowned ‘Inspiring Leader’ on the night.

BYPY 2015
BYPY 2015

Bina Ganatra, chairman of the BYPY Committee, said: “I am completely blown away by the talent we’ve seen as part of the nominations process – this is, without a doubt, one of the strongest and most competitive years for BYPY.

“Each category attracted a strong calibre of candidates, which made the final shortlisting extremely difficult. It’s a great problem to have and demonstrates the strength of the region’s business and professional services community.”

The shortlist


Andy Lee, NatWest

Ben Collins, EY

Riyaz Sachedina, Deutsche Bank

HR, Recruitment and Training

Errol Lawson, Emerge Leadership UK CIC

Faye Pressly, Mortimer Spinks

Ruqia Sharif, HS2 Limited


Imogen Francis, Shoosmiths

Russell Hill, Squire Patton Boggs

Tammy Paleari, Eversheds LLP

Marketing and Communications

Abby Corfan, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Joseph Schuppler, Independent Birmingham

Lauren Bansal, ORB

Property and Construction

Anna Parker, Intervention Architecture

Mike Lally, Mace

Will Jordan, Knight Frank


Andrew Ward, Scorchsoft

Hannah Quinton, GuyKat Solutions

Mike Brooman, Vanti

Aspring Talent Award

Chris Parnell, Aston University

Josh Henwood, DBS Law

Mary Agbesanwa, University of Birmingham

BYPY committee chairman Sam Pennell addresses the 2015 awards
BYPY committee chairman Sam Pennell addresses the 2015 awards

Each of the six category finalists will now be interviewed by the BYPY judging panel who will look to see that they are great at what they do, have a passion for Birmingham and can be great ambassadors for the city – and bring those qualities together to make a difference.

Ms Ganatra said: “The process can seem daunting for nominees – but we are looking for young professionals to be themselves and to shine. I can’t wait for May 12.”

BYPY 2015, host Rachel Riley and overall winner Katie Kershaw
BYPY 2015, host Rachel Riley and overall winner Katie Kershaw

The overall BYPY16 winner will benefit from a range of professional development opportunities, including a place on the Common Purpose Navigator course, designed for emerging leaders.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Santander UK, Gateley, Squire Patton Boggs, SCC, the Mailbox, Malmaison Birmingham, SimkissGuy Recruitment, Hotel La Tour and the Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy.

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