Winners revealed at West Midlands Leadership Awards 2022

WMLA winners 2022

The cream of West Midlands business leadership was honoured on Thursday night (March 31) at the McDonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham city centre.

The West Midlands Leadership Awards 2022 saw a double win for Squire Patton Boggs’ Mariyam Harunah, who walked away with both the Diversity & Inclusion and Leader of the Year Awards in front of around 200 business leaders from across the region.’s Midlands editor, Sam Metcalf, said: “ first created the West Midlands Leadership Awards to celebrate the people who are role models within their organisations – and we make no apology tonight for celebrating the individual. For it is our shortlisted individuals tonight who have demonstrated how vitally important strong, forward-thinking leadership is.

“Congratulations to Mariyam, and all our winners and shortlisted individuals.”

All the winners

Young Leader
Luke Johnson, Aspire Education Group

Public and Third Sector Leader
Steve Dixon, Changes UK

Mentor of the Year
Toby Porter, Acorn’s Children’s Hospice

Emerging Entrepreneur Leader
Aled Ellis, Needham Group

Diversity & Inclusion Leader
Mariyam Harunah, Squire Patton Boggs

Professional Services Leader
Praveen Gupta, Azets

Transformational Leader
Victoria Sylvester, Acacia Training

Green Leader
Mike Schooling, Indra Renewable Technologies

Company Leader (up to 100 employees)
Angel Gaskell, HDY Agency

Company Leader (100+ employees)
James Ackrill, Centrick

Leader of the Year
Mariyam Harunah, Squire Patton Boggs

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