The organising committee of the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year awards has recruited two new members to help with preparations for the 2013 ceremony.
Jade Devlin of PR consultants Grayling and Dilesh Bhimjiani of marketing agency Viva Aspire have been brought on board to assist with improving the awards.
Stepping up to the role of committee chair is Ian Cooke, member networks manager at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Mr Cooke succeeds former chair Rebecca Mawdsley and will be supported by deputy chair and previous BYPY category winner, Claudia Santillo of legal recruitment firm Santillo Consulting.
“I’m very proud to have been appointed chair of such as exciting and inspirational event,” Mr Cooke said.
“Driven by the dedication and passion of the committee the 2012 event really raised the bar.
“I’m delighted to welcome Jade and Dilesh to the team and look forward to hearing what new ideas and concepts they have for the awards.”
Ms Devlin and Mr Bhimjiani join an experienced committee including established members Elizabeth Laidler of Encore Communications, Clare Burrows of law firm Cobbetts, Samantha Pennell of Rewired PR, Clare Usher of the NEC Group, Mike Colledge of creative agency Big Cat and Sookie Shuen of inbound marketing firm Tomorrow People.
The 2012 awards saw Aktar Islam, chef director at Lasan restaurant, win the title of overall Birmingham Young Professional of the Year after impressing the judges with his entrepreneurial talent and contribution to the city.
Run by young professionals’ organisation Birmingham Future, the 2012 awards saw an increase in nominations and attendees.
The 2013 awards which will be held at the ICC on May 2. For more information visit www.birminghamyoungprofessional.co.uk .