All-new Birmingham Young Professional of the Year committee unveiled for 2019

09 January 2019

BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards will have a brand-new committee behind it in 2019.

The team organising the 2019 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) Awards has been unveiled.

The 2019 event organised by BPS Birmingham Future, a membership organisation which connects, promotes and represents professional services in the city, will take place in May at the ICC.

Meet the 2019 Committee

Following her role as deputy chair in 2018, the 2019 committee will be chaired by Kirn Dibra, a Risk and Control Manager at Experian. Kirn has brought together a brand-new team from a range of sectors for 2019, to support the delivery of one of the city’s most prestigious business events.

2019’s line-up consists of:

  • Chandni Kotak, Construction Solicitor at Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Azeem Qadir, Assistant Audit Manager at BDO UK LLP
  • Matt Cockett, Graphics Manager at PSP Ltd
  • Greta Geoghegan, Director of PR and Communications at Digital Glue
  • Jordan Hollingsworth, Solicitor at Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Gishan Abeyratne, Senior Associate at BCL Legal
  • Lucy Gray, Solicitor at Shoosmiths LLP
  • Jodie Tipper, Junior Account Executive at EAST VILLAGE.
  • Nicola Storey-Wood, Solicitor at Shakespeare Martineau LLP
  • Katy Paddock, Acting Projects Maker at Colmore Business District

“I’m thrilled to be chairing 2019’s BYPY committee, after being part of the committee for the second year. This year, we’re welcoming a group of enthusiastic new faces to the committee, who are already bringing fresh and innovative ideas to the table which we’ll be sharing soon,” says Kirn. “BYPY is an opportunity to celebrate everything brilliant about Birmingham; our growth and development as a city, our talent, and above all, our people. I can’t wait to put on an incredible event to celebrate the best our city has to offer”.

You can find out more about the committee at 

Celebrating 19 Years of BYPY

Back for the 19th year, BYPY recognises and rewards under-35s across six main categories; Finance, HR, Recruitment & Training, Legal, Marketing & Communications, Property & Construction, and Technology. One category winner is then named overall BYPY; in 2018, the honour was awarded to the winner of the finance category, Laura Thursfield, a Financial Planner at Mazars UK.

The event also recognises exceptional individuals aged between 16 to 24 with the ‘Aspiring Talent’ award, as well as awarding an ‘Inspiring Leader’, an individual who inspires a generation whilst making a big impact on the region’s business and professional services sector.

With a commitment to supporting the progression and skills development of young people, BNP Paribas Personal Finance return as headline sponsor of BYPY 2019.

Keep an eye on for the event date, plus nomination forms and ticket availability.