Business News Tech student wins bursary prize

A Wolverhampton post-graduate student has been chosen for a special award by the Black Country-based Richardson Foundation. Iman Hussain, aged 21 from

Redditch who is studying for an MSc in computer science at the University of Wolverhampton, is the second winner of a £5,000 bursary from the Richardson family. Brothers Don and Roy

Richardson founded Richardson Developments in the 1980s and are best known locally for their redevelopment of the former Round Oak steelworks in Brierley Hill, which became Merry Hill shopping centre.

‘Technology can make a real and positive difference to local communities’

The brothers founded the

Richardson Foundation in 2006 to help those less fortunate in society. Iman, who studied for his BSc at

the University of Wolverhampton, impressed the judges, who were made up of Richardson representatives and lecturers, to win the bursary against tough competition. He stood out with his beliefs that

computer science can be a force for good. His vision is that smartphone apps can help with the redistribution of food that would otherwise be

Resilience on display at Expo

Businesses in Greater Birmingham have been praised for their resilience following the Chamber’s Spring Expo at Villa Park. The Expo went ahead against a

backdrop of national and global uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. While delegate numbers were down compared to previous Expos, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Paul Faulkner said plenty of business was still done at the event. The Expo was sponsored by the

Canals & River Trust and Advance Credit Union. Mr Faulkner said: “We have been

following Government advice and took the decision that business needs to try and carry on as normal, while taking precautions. “These are exceptional times but

some really good conversations were going on and plenty of business was done.”

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Security expert: Don Randall

Virtual reality: Joe Robinson, Iman Hussain and Professor Herbert Daly (senior lecturer in computer science at University of Wolverhampton)

sent to landfill and that will, in turn, help the people that need it most. He also has a vision of how

virtual reality can allow people to view Wolverhampton through history, as well as into the future. This uses a ‘Pokemon Go’ style

of app to show how the city shaped British industry in the past

and how it can now deliver on an international stage. Pokémon Go is a free smartphone app that combines gaming with the real world. The game uses location tracking

and mapping technology to create an ‘augmented reality’ where players catch and train Pokémon

characters in real locations Alongside his studies Iman works

part time as a tutor, with a particular focus on special educational needs. Last summer he volunteered at the British International School in Somalia. He said: “Winning this award

means the world to me. It gives me stability to pursue my own ideas and projects, as well as the confidence to continue in my ambitions to prove technology can make a real and positive difference to local communities. “The University of

Wolverhampton has given me a fantastic platform for the future. With the backing of my lecturers and the support of the Richardson family I can look ahead with great optimism.” Joe Robinson, investment manager at RCL Partners, speaking on behalf of the Richardson Foundation, said: “We believe we’ve found a real star in Iman. A young man with a bright future ahead of him, who is not only extremely talented in his field but also has a passion for making a difference to the local community and is committed to the area. “As a business that was

established in the West Midlands but now has interests across the UK and around the world, we share Iman’s values and are pleased to have the opportunity to help nurture future talent and for the family to continue its backing of the region as whole.”

Bank security chief is on board

Birmingham-based cybersecurity firm METCloud has appointed former Bank of England security chief Don Randall to its advisory board. Mr Randall served with the City

of London Police between 1969 and 1995, focusing on fraud and counter terrorism. His career since then has included a stint as managing director at banker JPMorgan Chase, before becoming the Bank of England’s first chief information security officer. In the 2007 Mr Randall was

awarded the MBE for services to law enforcement. As well as being a trustee of

two law enforcement and public related charities, Mr Randall is a Fellow of the Security Institute. In 2013 he was awarded the

Imbert Award by the Association of Security Consultants (ASC), to recognise his ideas for the

advancement of risk and security management in the UK. In 2018, Mr Randall won the

Outstanding Security Performance Awards’ Lifetime Achievement award. His role with METCloud will be

to offer advice on the cybersecurity landscape, and create opportunities to progress, said the company, who added: “His wealth of knowledge and expertise will be invaluable in allowing METCloud to provide the best and most secure solutions available. ” Mr Randall said: “METCloud’s

concept is innovative, creative, and required. The focus on both digital and cloud based solutions is an effort that will better cybersecurity for all. I’m looking forward to working with METCloud and advising them on future direction and best practice.”

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