Fifty young professionals shortlisted in Chamber awards

12 August 2020

Fifty young professionals will be going for glory in the sixth annual awards of Future Faces, part of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce group.

The shortlist has been revealed for the 10 sector categories ahead of the awards ceremony, which is taking place online on Friday 28 August.

Once again, the overall Future Face of Greater Birmingham is to be selected from the winners of the sector categories – with the winner receiving a fully-funded MBA from Aston University.

The Future Faces Ambassador award winner will also be revealed, with the recipient earning a place on Common Purpose’s Emerging Leaders programme.  

Judging for this year awards was conducted by award-winning business coach Justice Williams MBE, Aston University’s Mark Smith, Louise Teboul of Common Purpose, Nathan Dennis from Legacy Consultants, SF Recruitment chief executive Saira Demmer and last year’s Future Face of Greater Birmingham Daniel Alcorn (pictured).

Chair of the judging panel was Asian Business Chamber of Commerce director Anjum Khan, who said: “Every year when these awards come around, we never fail to be amazed by the quality and variety of the entries.

“It’s a true a testament to some of the wonderful things young people are doing across the region – whether it be in creative industries, professional services, technology, marketing, the public and third sectors, apprenticeships or through entrepreneurial spirit.

“The judges were very impressed by the standard this year and we now look forward to the big night when the award-winners are revealed.”


The shortlist is:


Future Faces Apprentice of the Year
(Sponsored by Birmingham & Solihull Training Provider Network)

Beth Mitchell, Ark Media Productions Ltd

Liam Schulz, Gensler

Brogan Maxwell, Irwin Mitchell

Taylor Rooke, Updates Media

Ellie Sanders, Xoserve


Future Face of Arts & Culture
(Sponsored by Andalucía Tourism Board)

Casey Bailey, Baileys Rap and Poetry

Romanah Malcolm, Eloquent Praise & Empowerment Dance Company & Eloquent Arts Centre

Namywa, Girl Grind UK

Natalie Haslam, Lichfield Festival / Natalie Haslam Choreography

Lisa Mart, The Alexandra


Future Face of Charity & Social Enterprise
(Sponsored by Inspired Energy)

Nathan Bendon, 5UP CIC

Shani Dhanda, Asian Woman Festival

Hannah Simnett, Cherished UK

Joe White, Cure Leukaemia

Olivia Barker White, Kids Club Kampala


Future Face of Entrepreneurship
(Sponsored by SCC)

Omran Al Habbal, Birmingham Enterprise Community

Steven Byford, Byford Homes

Chukwudi Ononye, Chefiesta

Kieran Quinlan, The PIT Gym

Kasim Choudhry, Thinkfest Limited


Future Face of Finance
(Sponsored by Wesleyan)

Rebekah Taitt, Barclays

Jo Drinkwater, Grant McKnight

Stuart Bowles, Parity Network Ltd

Jaccy Datta, Santander UK

Adam Rollason, Smith Cooper


Future Face of Industry
(Sponsored by RSM)

Michal Nowinski, Arup

Teik Tan, Balfour Beatty plc

Michael Pepper, Crown Highways Limited

Rachel Doherty, Gensler

Yung Lau, Jacobs


Future Face of Legal
(Sponsored by Schofield & Associates)

Becky Knott, Barker Brettell LLP

James Farmer, Cornwall Street Barristers

Lucy Bloom, Irwin Mitchell

Megan Ball, Irwin Mitchell

Katy Bourne, Pinsent Masons LLP


Future Face of Public Sector & Education
(Sponsored by Open College Network West Midlands)

Atif Ali, Birmingham City Council

Richard Booth, Birmingham City University

Tom Dockerill, Birmingham City University

Dr Islam Issa, Birmingham City University

Joel Harrison, BMet


Future Face of Sales, Marketing & Communications
(Sponsored by Elonex)

Hattie D'Souza, East Village Agency

Sarah Yates, Gensler

Daniel Nikolla, Hardy Signs

Mat Lovell, Millennium Point

Will Savage, PLMR Birmingham


Future Face of Technology & Innovation
(Sponsored by Office Angels)

Maciej Kraj, Gensler

Jono Gilworth, Gymshark

Lynda Gillson, Spica Technologies

Karl Nicholson, Synaptek

Tom Goodman, University of Birmingham


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