Mon, 20 May 2019

As headline sponsor of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year, everyone at BNP Paribas Personal Finance is delighted to congratulate Daniel Williams on being crowned BYPY 2019.

Daniel, who is head of resourcing at Avison Young’s Birmingham office, received his award during the annual, glitzy ceremony at the ICC in the city centre. The event aims to celebrate the strength of the professional services sector in the Second City and the young talent that is helping to ensure it prospers.

Described as a “force for good” by judges, Daniel was praised for his positivity and determination to push inclusivity and diversity within Birmingham’s business community.

He was handed the HR, recruitment and training award by TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith before going on to be named BYPY 2019 ahead of five other category winners.

Not only will Daniel now spend a year representing the city and being an advocate for the strength of its growing professional services sector, he will also have the opportunity to study for an Executive MBA at Aston Business School worth £18,000.

Speaking during his acceptance speech, Daniel said: “I don’t think any of us expected to win tonight, but, wow, it’s such an honour to be named BYPY 2019.

“I feel so positive about the future of Birmingham and the other finalists are doing some great work around the city and making a real difference.”

Our director of operations Claire Moore was on stage to present Daniel with his award and afterwards said: “I’m proud to be among the first to offer congratulations to Daniel.

“It’s an incredible achievement to win such a prestigious award and we hope it helps him to continue to fast-track his development in what is already proving to be an exciting, rewarding and successful career.”

Claire also used the opportunity to highlight our ongoing work with Dallaglio RugbyWorks and appealed for local employers to help provide opportunities for young people from within the region who have come from difficult backgrounds.

For local businesses, it could be a simple as organising a career taster day to help inspire the young people and allow them to explore some of the career paths that might be open to them once they’ve finished school.

“We've been working with Dallaglio RugbyWorks over the last year,” she said. “Many of the individuals on the programme have come through the most difficult childhoods, but by working with the charity we are trying to show them that with a little work and motivation they can succeed and develop a rewarding career.”

The other category winners on the night were:

Michelle Adams, Squire Patton Boggs

Marketing & Communications
Kerry Lenihan, TAC Events

Property and Construction
Raj Sanghera, Blackswan Property

Technology & Innovation
Rich Westman, Kaido

Susan Webb, PwC