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Scholarship helps to build a future

Iman Farah Mohamed from Moseley School and Sixth Form has won the David Bucknall Scholarship for 2016. The Scholarship offers financial

assistance to school leavers considering a career in property and construction and studying for a BSc in a Built Environment subject in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU). Iman will study a three year BSc

in Quantity Surveying and benefit from a reduction in tuition fees, a contribution towards living costs and guaranteed work experience placements and guidance from Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB). As part of the application process,

eligible students were asked to submit a short video about a building which they either really liked or really disliked, to explain why they felt this way and what lessons could be learnt for those looking to build something similar. Iman chose Moseley School and

Sixth Form itself and outlined aspects of its striking gothic style 1850s architecture, including gargoyles, and its connection with religion. She contrasted this to the contemporary design of the new sports centre that opened this year (2016) and its accessibility to the community. This is the first year of the

scholarship which was created in memory of David Bucknall OBE, founder of Rider Levett Bucknall. Born in Wolverhampton, David

project managed the construction of Birmingham's Symphony Hall, International Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena and set up the Birmingham Community Foundation charity which distributed grants to local grass roots projects.

Gary Woodward

Bus driver is a model employee

By Fred Bromwich

National Express West Midlands bus driver Gary Woodward has lovingly created a 14-inch model of the number 17 bus he drives every day from Small Heath to central Birmingham. He named the model in memory of a former colleague at the company’s

Bordesley Green depot. And 53-year-old Gary from Kitts Green has now kindly donated the tiny vehicle to the National Express West Midlands fleet. Gary said: “I’ve been a bus driver for 15 years. I used to work at Jaguar

Land Rover and I have created models of cars and planes for them and for myself over the years, but this was only my second bus model. I was driving this particular bus one day and I thought it would be a real challenge to make a model of it. All in all, it took me about seven weeks. It is all hand-made using a variety of bits and bobs that were just lying around.” The chassis is made from an old aluminium fire flue. The bus parts are

made from – among other things – a 5p piece, some matchsticks, a McDonald’s straw, various nails, nuts and bolts. Gary also put tiny bus markings and miniature adverts on the model – all identical to how they appear on a real bus. “When I’d finished it, I named it in memory of Paul Fieldhouse, our late

traffic controller here at Bordesley garage in Birmingham. Paul was a personal friend of mine and this model is a homage to him,” Gary explained.

Funding for St Basils will aid Life Skills

Birmingham-based St Basils, the largest youth homelessness charity in the West Midlands, has for the second year running received a £2,500 grant from the National Express Foundation. The funding will support St

Basils Life Skills programme which aims to teach young residents the skills they’ll need to live independently so that they can move on successfully. Through the Life Skills

programme, which is conducted by staff in all St Basils 29 supported accommodation schemes across the West Midlands, young people have the chance to achieve an Open College Network (OCN) Life Skills qualification by developing skills for independent life.

John Kelly returns to president role

One of the UK’s best known and leading specialists in corporate recovery and insolvency has been elected president of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) in Birmingham and the West Midlands. It is the second time that John Kelly has been elected president,

having served a one year term in 2006-2007. Mr Kelly, regional managing partner of Begbies Traynor Group, is a

leading expert in corporate recovery, turnaround and insolvency. He has pledged, amongst other things, to seek to reduce some of the unnecessary hurdles interfering with the sales of businesses in administration and resolve some of the issues surrounding sales out of administration, so-called ‘pre-pack’ arrangements. He has worked in Birmingham since 1983, when he was

admitted as a partner with Ernst & Whinney, which later became Ernst & Young. He joined Begbies Traynor in 2004 and has been

responsible for a number of high profile administrations and corporate recovery deals.

12 CHAMBERLINK July/August 2016 High profile: John Kelly He is also a Fellow of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals

and a member of The Insolvency Practitioners’ Association. Mr Kelly said: “Recent events, particularly in the retail sector, have highlighted many of the issues surrounding business turnaround, and insolvency. The government is now consulting on options for further reform for the corporate insolvency regime. It seems the government is leaning towards the American chapter 11 style of legislation, with more consideration being given to turning round distressed businesses. “Whilst it deals with potentially extending moratoriums,

ensuring essential supplies and providing super-priority lending, it does not deal with reform in employment law. It is imperative our members involve themselves in the consultation process and make known some of the barriers to successful sales. “Whilst I am anxious to encourage our younger members to take an active role in the Institute the majority of our members are over 50 and I would like to reawaken their interest in the Institute.”

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