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Chamber staff named as top young professionals in Brum

16 April 2019

Two Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) members of staff have been named as top young professionals in Birmingham.

Anna Assinder, manager of Future Faces, and Henrietta Brealey, director of policy and strategic relationships at the GBCC, were named on BirminghamLive’s 30 under 30 list as two of the most inspiring young people in Birmingham.

The annual list highlights 30 enterprising and inspiring individuals under 30 living, working and making a difference in Birmingham.

Ms Assinder manages the Chamber’s young professionals arm, Future Faces which helps young professionals professionally develop, network and be recognised as outstanding future leaders.

She is also an ambitious marketing manager at the Chamber.

Future Faces, has doubled in size during the last two years under her management and its flagship dinner and awards now reaches 4.3 million people in one night. 

She is passionate about the future of Birmingham and has created a programme through Future Faces which aims to overcome the city's skill gaps and up-skill members to help them be the best future leaders they can be.

Anna also works tirelessly to support the city's independent businesses and initiatives.

She recently represented the region in Westminster and has partnered with organisations such as Birmingham Design Festival, Beatfreeks, Verve Poetry Festival, Independent Birmingham, numerous local charities and arts organisations, whom all benefit from hers and Future Faces support.

Future Faces president, Mark Hipwell, was also named on this year’s 30 under 30 list.

Mr Hipwell is a pre-construction manager at Laing O’Rourke and Murphy Group Joint Venture, which are one of three contractor’s for HS2’s enabling works.

Ms Assinder said: “I am absolutely honoured to be featured on BirminghamLive’s 30 under 30 list, alongside so many inspiring and talented individuals in Birmingham.

“I have always strived to champion local businesses and their young professionals throughout my career and the 30 under 30 list reflects an empowering group of likeminded individuals who are doing exactly that - for our region and it's future.

“I would also like to extend my congratulations to colleague and friend Mark Hipwell, who is an enthusiastic and supportive president and outstanding young professional.”

Ms Brealey oversees the Chamber’s top tier of membership; patronage, and a number of campaigning, research and stakeholder engagement activities.

She was formally appointed to the GBCC board aged 28, making her one of the youngest board members in the GBCC’s 206-year history.

Ms Brealey and her team of four policy and patron advisers provide support for GBCC patrons, compile economic insight reports, conduct campaigns and produce a range of tools and aids for businesses.

Her approach to policy work and campaigning activity saw the GBCC win a place in the inaugural Mills & Reeve Innovation 50 index in 2017.

Ms Brealey leads the Chamber's Brexit activity and support for businesses. She is also a GBCC mental health first aider and Armed Forces Covenant champion.

Ms Brealey said: “It was a bit of a surprise to find myself named as one of BirminghamLive’s 30 under 30, but a brilliant one.

“I am incredibly passionate about this city, its businesses and its youth and vibrancy. Initiatives, such as BirminghamLive’s 30 under 30 campaign, are a great way to  recognise and platform the fantastic work that this next generation of Birmingham leaders is already doing and help demonstrate the potential that this city has to offer.

“I’m particularly pleased to see Anna Assinder and Mark Hipwell recognised alongside lots of brilliant Brummies (and adopted Brummies), some of whom I know well and the rest of whom I very much look forward to meeting.”

Paul Faulkner, chief executive officer at the GBCC, said: "I'm incredibly proud that Anna and Henrietta have been featured on BirminghamLive's 30 under 30 list.
"At the Chamber we aim to create opportunities for and promote young talent in Greater Birmingham.
"Anna and Henrietta are two prime examples of two very talented individuals who have seized opportunities and grown as young professionals, and I feel very proud to work alongside them."

Pictured: Henrietta (left) and Anna.

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