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Shortlist for Future Faces Awards revealed

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Future Faces annual dinner and awards. Taking place on Friday, August 26, at the ICC in Birmingham, the awards recognise and celebrate young talent across the West Midlands.

The headline sponsors this year are Aston University, University College Birmingham and the University of Warwick.

This year’s awards mark ten years since the Future Faces Chamber of Commerce was established.

Future Faces is the established network for aspiring young professionals across a spectrum of sectors and the individual crowned overall Greater Birmingham Young Person of the Year will receive a fully-funded MBA.

The shortlist for this year’s 13 categories is as follows:

The Future Faces Apprentice of the Year: 

Claudia Manley, Arup

Asiba Safi, Mott Mcdonald

Daisy Carter, Jacobs

The Future Face of Education and Public Sector:

Gurdeep Chima, Aston University

Ioana Axinte, ONE Learning

Myia Khela, Maze Tuition

The Future Face of Industry and Engineering:

Heather Williams, WSP

Kirsty Morris, Screed & Stone

Ashik Nazar, Arup

The Future Face of Legal:

Caitlin Hindson, Irwin Mitchell

Freya Dearman, Magma Legal

Ashley Kerr, Mills & Reeve

The Future Face of Health & Wellbeing:

Arjan Bains, KPMG

Jeevan Singh Chagger, Evolve – A Social Impact Company

William Crawford, quietnote

The Future Face of Marketing & Communication:

Faye Kent, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology

Gurdas Singh, Wanama

Emma Bateson, Intercity Technology

The Future Face of Retail & Hospitality:

Andreas Tashos, Genting Hotel

Mandeep Sidhu, Primark

Jacques Hobson, The Belfry

The Future Face of Arts & Culture:

Dan Wharton, Ark Media

Ben Wooldridge, The Rep

CJ Lloyd Webley, Black Pound Project

Gurpri Bains, Burnley Football Club

The Future Face of Charity & Third Sector:

Tal Arrowsmith, Gro-organic

Kiara McKay, Pathway Group

Abigail Coulson, Acorns

The Future Face of Finance:

Jamie Gibson, Mazars

Amy Jacklin, Virgin Money

Harriet Saunders, The FSE Group

Vishal Mishra, Hummingbird Fintech

The Future Face of Start-ups & Enterprise:

Tom Field, Dakro

Davies Okeowo, Novel Innovations ltd

Ronan Hynes, Voilo

The Future Face of Technology & Innovation:

Yung Lau, Jacobs

Ravi Ranjan, Voilo

Kiran Shergill, Coventry University

The Future Face of Sustainability:

Maddie Booth, Scrubbee

Ingrida Vengalyte, Jacobs

Riona Ainge, Mott Mcdonald

Chris Brewerton, head of Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce and Lichfield & Tamworth Chamber of Commerce who led the judging panel, said: “We’ve had over 80 young people apply for the Future Faces annual awards and dinner this year.

“It was a privilege to read through all the applications alongside the judging panel, and the very high quality of entries highlights the calibre of young people working in the Greater Birmingham region. We can’t wait for all the shortlisted nominees to be able to come together and celebrate their achievements at the awards at the ICC in August.”