So I am now four weeks into my role as Chair of BPS Birmingham Future.

As Chair, I am proud and honoured to have the opportunity to lead the organization, and work with some of the most talented young professionals the city has to offer, each and every one of them full of drive, momentum and passion.

For those of you who came along to the Future Handover Dinner on the 20th August – you will already know that I have ambitious plans for my year as Chair. I have a feeling that the next 12 months will be a whirlwind. So to keep you all updated, you will be hearing from me once a month, so I can share the latest updates and news with you about how I am getting on in my new dual role.

As co-founder and joint managing director of SimkissGuy, I absolutely appreciate that we live in a world where time is of the essence, and if you are going to commit to being part of something outside of your workplace, it has to be worthwhile and most importantly it has to be relevant. I have found being part of Future a hugely rewarding experience over the last few years, and I am keen for others to have the same opportunity.

We are all working harder and the demands on us to perform within our roles is a constant pressure. More and more young people are entering the business and professional services sector. It is one of my key aims over the coming year that Future embraces these people, and that Future membership is something that becomes an essential part of their business life in the city, and provides them with the opportunity to be champions of the city, and the voice that reflects the constantly changing needs of our sector.

I believe Future can do more to play a key role in supporting young professionals with both personal and professional development. This is why I have restructured the focus of Future’s committees to reflect this.

The Development Committee will now be dedicated to providing opportunities for members to develop essential leadership skills, through a series of leadership workshops, and by opening up taster sessions of training offered by other well respected organisations.

I believe that mentoring lies at the very core of what Future stands for. It has had a major impact on my personal career journey, so it is naturally something very close to my heart.

This is why I have created Future’s Mentoring Committee, whose task it will be to manage the newly created, Future Mentoring Academy, which will officially launch on the evening of Thursday 15th October.

Future’s two mentoring schemes; Future Mentoring and Aspire Mentoring, bring together aspiring, emerging and established leaders, as individuals who can learn from each other, be inspired by each other and most importantly, be a place for support and the vital port of call that we all need from time to time to in our working lives.

I am determined in my year as chair that Future continues to build on the reputation and success of its mentoring work and I can’t wait to see how the Future Mentoring Academy will evolve over the coming years.

As I have often been told in the past year- it is only when you take up the role do really understand what a privilege and unique experience it is to be Chair of Future, so I can’t wait to find out what the next year brings!