Prestigious BYPY Awards shortlist revealed

Lewis Parry (R) and Sarah Bennett.

27 March 2015

The prestigious Birmingham Young Professionals of the Year (BYPY) awards have shortlisted an Aston University graduate and a current student for two major professional accolades.

The BYPY awards celebrate and reward the most talented individuals within Birmingham’s burgeoning business community.

Aston student Lewis Parry is nominated for the much coveted Aspiring Talent award while graduate, Sarah Bennett, will compete in the BYPY Finance category.

Lewis, in the final year of an International Business and Economics degree, recently completed a 12-month work placement as a Compliance Monitoring Assistant with wealth and investment group, Mirabaud Asset Management. In recognition of his dedication and application during his time at the company, he was named overall winner of Aston’s Placement Awards for Excellence 2014.

In 2013, Lewis demonstrated his entrepreneurial zeal by founding Party Heart UK, a promotional online platform for the creative industries. The website showcases exciting upcoming events and allows gig-goers and party-seekers to buy tickets for them.

Lewis said: “I am very proud to have been nominated for a BYPY award. They are a Birmingham institution and to have just made their shortlist is amazing.  I am really looking forward to the awards ceremony in May to celebrate everyone’s achievements.”

Sarah Bennett has worked in a variety of senior roles in the financial services sector since graduating from Aston in 2006 with a degree in International Business and German. She is currently an Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank in Birmingham, managing five separate investment banking teams and liaising with stakeholders from across the world.

In addition to her work in the financial sector, Sarah has dedicated much time to mentoring on the Aston University Professional Mentoring Scheme. The initiative pairs business professionals with second year students to work one-to-one and help them prepare for their Placement Year.

Sarah said: “I am delighted to be a finalist in the Finance category of the BYPY awards. They celebrate and look to nurture the best young professional talent – something I am also passionate about. I really enjoy mentoring students as I find it very rewarding being able to help someone evolve their career aspirations. The scheme helps them develop skills that will help them in their future careers, hopefully here in Birmingham. They are the next generation of BYPY winners.”

Aston students have had previous success at the BYPY awards, with Business and Management graduate, Magdalena Tulacz, winning the Aspiring Talent award in 2014.

Candidates for a BYPY award compete in six different categories. The overall winner is chosen from the winners of each category and named Birmingham Young Professional of the Year. Alongside these categories, the BYPY also recognises those aged 16 – 24 who are in full-time or Higher Education with the Aspiring Talent award.

The BYPY awards ceremony will take place on 14 May at the International Convention Centre.


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