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29 April 2015

YP Chair Carl Malcolm wins Young Professional of the Year!

Last Thursday we attended the First Pro Awards 2015 at the Ricoh Arena, which this year was themed around the arrival of Wasps to Coventry.


Finalists in the Young Professional of the Year category


We were absolutely delighted to have four committee members shortlisted for the Young Professional category this year: Phil Ballard who’s our Treasurer, me (Chrissie Duxson) I do all of our marketing, Paige Howitt who’s one of our Charity Officers and of course Carl Malcolm who was our Chair for the last year. It means a lot to us to be recognised for the hard work we’ve done with the young professionals, at our day jobs and various other committees, charity work etc. Thanks very much to those who took the time to nominate us.

There were also two other up-and-coming young professionals shortlisted in the category: Sophie Breeze from Dafferns and Louise Hargrave from Arthur J Gallagher.

We were all thrilled to see Carl go on to win the award after all his hard work this year. One of the highlights of his Chairmanship was the reinvigoration of the mentoring programme and he’s also raised money for various charities. Carl said “This is absolutely fantastic, it’s a huge privilege and I’m really grateful”.

We also had some success in the charity raffle for the Samaritans in which Rebecca Freeman won a Landrover Experience Day for two!

As is usual in the Young Professionals committee the First Pro marks the beginning of a new Chairmanship and we’re delighted to announce that Rebecca Freeman of Lodders is our Chair for the coming year. Look out for the next YP blog in which we’ll do a ‘Spotlight on’ interview with Rebecca.

In the meantime don’t forget it’s our next Thursday Thursday event on Thursday 7th May at 5.30pm at The Almanack in Kenilworth.

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Carl Malcolm winner of Young Professional of the Year 2015 cracks open the champagne



Young Professionals Kelly Schofield, Holly Brain, Emma Ballard, Phil Ballard, Adam Carvell and Paige Howitt enjoying the First Pro Awards 2015



Rebecca Freeman wins a Landrover Experience Day for two