Michael Parker took the overall title of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) last night at BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards ceremony at the ICC.
Associate Director at construction consultancy Gleeds, Michael took the title in the Property and Construction category before being crowned the overall winner at the awards, which were hosted by TV and radio presenter Colin Murray.
Guests came together for a fabulous evening to celebrate the talent within the business and professional services sector.
Sir John Peace, Chair of Midlands Engine and of this year’s BYPY judging panel, said:
Michael demonstrated a clear understanding of the strategic issues facing Birmingham over the coming years, as well as a clear commitment to developing talent in the city.
For the first time, the overall winner will receive a fully-funded scholarship to study for an Executive MBA from Aston Business School.
This year’s Inspiring Leader – someone who has shown unwavering commitment to the city – was revealed as David Hardman MBE, CEO of Innovation Birmingham. The winner of the awards’ Aspiring Talent category, which recognises a stand-out individual aged between 16 and 24, was named as Sarah Fraser, Tax Consultant at Deloitte.
Chair of BPS Birmingham Future, Tara Tomes, said
As with every year, the calibre of candidates was so impressive; and last night we showcased 18 passionate and talented finalists, who all deserved to be centre stage. Huge congratulations to our six category winners, including of course Michael Parker.
BYPY 2017 Category Winners
Adam Rollason – Higgs & Sons
HR, Recruitment & Training
Rob Markwell – Pitch Consultants
Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard – Thursfields
Marketing & Comms
Ria Blagburn – GrowBeyond
Property & Construction
Michael Parker – Gleeds
James Nestoruk – Stickee Technology Ltd
Sponsors for this year’s event were: BMet (Headline Sponsor), Beazley, BNP Paribas Personal Finance, Colmore Tang Construction, Deloitte, LABS by London Midland, Mailbox, Squire Patton Boggs, Wesleyan, 5874, Hollywood Monster, Malmaison, OPUS, SimkissGuy Recruitment and Style Birmingham.
Take a look at all the action from the Style photo booth from the evening!