Thu, 02 Sep 2021

As headline sponsor of the Future Faces and Birmingham Young Professional of the Year awards, everyone at BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK is delighted to congratulate Michal Nowinski on being crowned the Future Face of Greater Birmingham for 2021.

Michal, who is a highway specialist at global engineering consultancy Arup in Solihull, received his award during the glitzy ceremony hosted online from the Chamber's head office in Edgbaston.

This year's awards was a combined Future Faces and Birmingham Young Professional of the Year venture, following the merger of BPS Birmingham into Future Faces (the young professional’s ' membership arm of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce). 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 “true ambassador for young professionals” by the judges, Michal was praised for his huge contribution to sustainability and commitment to the professional development of both himself and others.

He was handed the Sustainability award by Heart Radio broadcaster Gemma Hill before going on to be named the Future Face of Greater Birmingham for 2021.

Not only will Michal now spend a year representing the city and being an advocate for the strength of its growing professional services sector, but he has also won the opportunity to study for a fully funded MBA at Aston University.

Speaking about BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK’s commitment to giving young people a platform to further their careers, our head of brand and external communications, Jayne Licari, said: “Getting a foot in the door of the workplace has always been a challenge for young people, and the events of the past 18 months have only made this more difficult.

“As a Top Employer for 2021, it gives us great pleasure to once again support these young professional awards and celebrate the abundance of talent that the city has to offer.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to Michal and all the other deserving category winners and finalists for representing the West Midlands so brilliantly and acting as shining examples for the next generation of talent.”

The other category winners on the night were:

Apprentice of the Year
Dylan Pickin, ValYou Recruitment

Arts and Culture
Alex Nicholson Evans, Birmingham Museums Trust

Charity and Social Enterprise
Neelam Heera, Cysters

Davies Okeowo, Birmingham Enterprise Community

Naomi Campion, Bibby Financial Services

Yung-Yu Lau, Jacobs

Baljinder Singh Atwal, West Midlands Police

Public Sector and Education
Daniel Cash, Aston University

Retail and Hospitality
Ineta Svedaite, Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill

Sales, Marketing and Communications
Hannah Montgomery, Golddust Marketing

Technology and Innovation
Karl Nicholson, Synaptek

Future Faces Champion 2021
Yung-Yu Lau, Jacobs

Sustainability and Future Face of 2021
Michal Nowinski, Arup