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Young star’s unlikely career

A woman who swerved university to help run the family business while she pondered her career path, eventually developed an unexpected passion for admin and set up a successful new company with her mum at the age of 18. Rebecca Dean’s drive and

Peaceful environment: an artist’s impression of how Woodland House will look

Young professionals select charity of the year

The Future Faces committee has chosen Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity as its charity of the year. During the next 12 months, Future

Faces will be raising money for a newly-launched appeal which will see the construction of a purpose- built £3.5m bereavement centre at the Women’s Hospital, the first to be established in a hospital setting. Building work on Woodlands

House will not begin until all of the funding for it is in place. The bereavement centre where

people can recover from receiving devastating news in peaceful, calm surroundings. The trust said that its mission

was “to drive forward our commitment to providing the highest quality, world-class care that women, children and families want, and deserve. The trust oversees the activities

of a team of 6,000 medical staff and its hospitals receive around

‘Once Woodland House has opened, women and couples facing the terrible shock and distress of loss will be able to spend time together as a family in a quiet, non-clinical space’

641,000 patient visits each year. Future Faces president Mark

Hipwell said: “I’m honoured to announce we’ve selected the Birmingham Women’s Hospital as this year’s Future Faces Charity of the Year. Not only celebrating the brilliant work the hospital does in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, as a fairly unique hospital serving thousands of new births each year but also lifesaving research in surgery and medicine. “We’re also honoured to be able

to support the first major appeal for nearly ten years to build a new dedicated support centre for parents suffering from bereavement. Saranne Moreno, corporate

strategic partnerships manager at

Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are thrilled that Future Faces has chosen to support our Woodland House Appeal this year. Once Woodland House has opened, women and couples facing the terrible shock and distress of loss will be able to spend time together as a family in a quiet, non- clinical space away from the hustle and bustle of the main hospital. “While we can never ease their

heartbreak, we can create an environment that recognises and honours their loss. We thank Future Faces for supporting us in helping to make Woodland House a reality.”

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Experts share marketing insight

Two leading Midlands-based marketers will share insight and their experiences with senior marketing professionals. Greg Reed, chief executive of Homeserve and Mark

Hull, group head of marketing at Dignity will be speaking at an invite-only event for head of marketing and marketing directors, being held at Edgbaston stadium on 23 May. After a 20 year international career in banking, Greg

joined Homeserve Membership, part of Homeserve Group, as UK chief marketing officer. Mark Hull has had an extensive career in marketing,

previously working at BSkyB, Unity Communications and Invesco Perpetual before taking up his current role at funeral services firm Dignity. Alongside talks from Greg and Mark, delegates at the

Midlands Marketing Event will discuss how marketers can market themselves internally, navigating and influencing C-suite relationships, and how senior marketing professionals can progress to board level and beyond.

Guest speakers: Greg Reed and Mark Hull The Midlands Marketing Event is being hosted and

organised by recruitment firm, Culture recruitment and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and aims to share best practice between marketing leaders across the region.

To attend or find out more, email

determination was rewarded when she was crowned Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 at the Midlands Business Awards. The 26-year-old from

Walsall was unsure what she wanted to do when she left school and cancelled all university applications to begin a dental nursing apprenticeship. But after realising it wasn’t

for her, she left and went to help at the family accountancy business, JD Figures Limited, as a stop gap. It wasn’t long before she

developed a passion for administration work and within a month the idea was born to set up JRD Admin Aid Limited as a solution to outsourced admin support for businesses, alongside her mum, Jane. The pair now have seven employees including an apprentice. The judges

hailed her as “capable, hardworking and ambitious” on what was International Woman’s Day stating such “admirable traits will propel her even further”. JRD Admin Aid was also

one of four finalists to make the shortlist for the Midlands Service Provider of the Year (up to £1m turnover). Rebecca (pictured) said:

“When I finished school, I didn’t feel ready for university so I took an apprenticeship because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. “I didn’t enjoy it so I left and

came to help in the family business, just to gain some experience. I started to enjoy the administration work and was very organised and structured in my approach to the workload, so within a month, my mum and I launched JRD Admin Aid Limited and I’ve loved every minute of it since.”

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