Chamber launches quest to find the face of its future ambassador

Anna Assinder

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has again launched the quest to find the face of its future ambassador.

The winner of the Future Faces award will be announced by the chamber at a black-tie dinner in September.

Previous winners of the competition have been Alice Price, of HCB Solicitors, and Beth Farminer, of Deutsche Bank.

The overall title will go to one of the winners of an individual category, which comprise: arts and culture; sales, marketing and communications; legal; financial; industry (covering engineering, construction, property, and manufacturing); technology and innovation; entrepreneurship.

The winner will be offered a place on the Midlands Navigator programme worth £3,500 organised by Birmingham-based leadership development organisation Common Purpose.

Common Purpose is a not-for-profit organisation that runs leadership development programmes across the UK.

The course is a ‘modular leadership development programme for emerging leaders in the UK’, and is aimed at helping people develop their problem-solving skills. Common Purpose runs leadership development programmes internationally and has more than 60,000 alumni.

Future Faces, part of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) manager Anna Assinder  said: “This prestigious prize ties in perfectly with Future Faces’ objective to professionally develop, network and recognise Birmingham’s future leaders.

“This prize isn’t the only change we have made to the annual awards this year – there are more awards for professionals to enter and more sponsorship opportunities available to help Birmingham’s employees and businesses position themselves as leaders in their industry.”

Five key business leaders have been named as judges for the awards. They are:

Louise Teboul – operations director of Common Purpose, the Birmingham-based leadership development organisation
Joe Schuppler – founder of Independent Birmingham and a young professional himself.
Fiona Allan – artistic director and chief executive of Birmingham Hippodrome.
Gary Cardin – senior director at CBRE and previous partner at Deloitte.
Ian Leslie – finance director at Millennium Point.

Paul Faulkner, the GBCC’s chief executive, said: “Our judges are a sign of how important the business community is taking these awards, and more significantly, how vital it is to support the development of our young professionals.

“It is more important than ever to keep hold of our young talent, and one way of doing this is to recognise their efforts and achievements – the Future Faces awards is a great way of doing precisely that.”