Aston talent recognised at Birmingham awards

Sarah Bennett (l) and Lewis Parry (r)

22 May 2015

The prestigious Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) Awards has recognised the talent and achievements of an Aston graduate and one of the University’s current students. 

Undergraduate Lewis Parry and financial services leader, Sarah Bennett, were presented with the Aspiring Talent and Finance awards respectively at a lavish ceremony marking the BYPY’s 15th anniversary. 

The much-coveted Aspiring Talent Award is given to exceptional individuals aged 16 – 24 who are in full-time Higher or Further education and looking to embark upon a professional services career within Birmingham. 

Final-year International Business and Economics student, Lewis, 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. 

The BYPY judges stated they were particularly impressed with Lewis’s ambition, evident determination to be successful in business and his willingness to find creative solutions to problems he faced while on work placement. 

Upon being awarded the Aspiring Talent accolade, Lewis said: “I am delighted to be recognised by the BYPY. I was competing against a very strong shortlist of people so this is a proud moment for me. Birmingham really is an up-and-coming city and the determination, enterprise and ambition of my fellow award winners and nominees is clear evidence of that. 

“In future, I hope to build a successful career in the financial services sector while engaging in entrepreneurial activities. I am sure the BYPY will help me achieve both goals by providing a solid network of professionals from a variety of fields to learn from and do business with.” 

Birmingham really is an up-and-coming city and the determination, enterprise and ambition of my fellow award winners and nominees is clear evidence of that

International Business and German graduate, Sarah, was given the Finance Award for her remarkable contribution to the financial services industry. Since graduating in 2006, she has worked in a number of senior roles in the financial sector and is currently Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank in Birmingham, managing five separate investment banking teams and liaising with stakeholders from across the world. 

Sarah said: It is brilliant to have my hard work, both at Deutsche Bank and with Aston University, publically recognised. It is a great achievement and I was pleased to be able to represent Aston University, demonstrating the strong talent pool the University has developed. 

“I really enjoy developing future talent within the West Midlands and will continue to do so. Having won the Finance category of BYPY it will help give me a broader platform in order to be able to reach a wider audience. In addition, I hope to raise the profile of Aston University, as a University of choice for top future talent, and of Deutsche Bank as a great employer in the West Midlands, with a strong focus on people development.”

The BYPY Awards, first held in 2000, celebrate and reward the most talented individuals within Birmingham’s burgeoning business community. 

In recent years, Aston alumni have had much success at the awards. In 2012, Business and Management graduate, Anisa Haghdadi, won the Aspiring Talent Award – a feat replicated in 2014 by Magdalena Tulacz, who graduated from the same course.