18 September 2017
Tom Charman has been named as a double winner in this year’s Future Faces awards
The 24 year-old entrepreneur has won by the ‘Future Face of Technology and Innovation’ award, and is also the organisation’s ‘Future Face of Greater Birmingham’.
Tom is the founder and chief executive of technology firm Kompas, which is based at the Innovation Campus Birmingham at Faraday Wharf. Kompas makes a mobile phone and tablet app which is described as ‘a pocket guide to the world’s urban jungles’.
The company is active in four cities at present, and Tom’s aim during the next five years is to expand throughout the UK and Europe market, and into the US and Asia.
He said: “I started my first business at the age of 16, after discovering my passion for sales. With a £1,000 investment, I created a small cosmetic product line and got my first taste of entrepreneurship and how to build a company.
“Although this was not a hugely profitable business, it gave me the passion for building further companies.”
As well as expanding his own business, Tom’s intention is to help others start and grow their own venture. In addition, he will act as an ambassador for Future Faces, which will involve attending events and speaking about membership of the organisation.
Other winners of this year’s awards are: Amrit Singh, freelance creative at MrASingh (Future Face of Arts and Culture); Daniel Bridgewater, Buckt (Future Face of Entrepreneurship); Mark Hipwell, CH2M (Future Face of Industry); Natalie Merrix, Rewired PR (Future Face of Sales, Marketing and Communications); Laura Ralfe, Irwin Mitchell (Future Face of Legal); Ruzwan Boota, Mazars (Future Face of Finance). A final winner is cocktail bar Aluna (Future Faces Venue of the Year).
A special award has gone to Greg Fearn (Mills & Reeve), who has been named ‘Future Face Ambassador’. For winning this, he will act as an ambassador for Future Faces, which will involve attending events and speaking about membership of the organisation.
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce operating officer Russell Jeans, who was chairman of the judging panel, said: “The volume and high calibre of applications received are a sign of how seriously the business community is taking these awards.
“As a region it is more important than ever that we support the development of our young professionals and one way of doing this is to recognise their efforts and achievements.
“The Future Faces awards are a fantastic way of doing precisely that.”
The winners were revealed at Future Faces’ annual dinner and awards ceremony at Edgbaston Stadium on 15 September.
This year’s awards – the third - have undergone a shake-up in order to cover a wider range of sectors and better reflect the industries in which the Future Faces members sit.
Among the changes has been the introduction of a new category, ‘Future Face of Arts and Culture’, to reflect the importance of this sector in the region.
This year’s awards attracted a record number of entries.
Pictured: the 2017 winners