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2014 Birmingham Post Business Awards


  • Alan Edwards

    Senior Purchasing Manager, Jaguar Landrover

    Alan has over 20 years experience within the automotive industry working for and in collaboration with, a number of the most prestigious brands in the world including Honda, BMW, Ford and Volvo.

    He has lived and worked for BMW Purchasing Munich, working on the programme which developed the current Range Rover. Alan’s purchasing experience spans automotive commodities from Seats to Wheels & Tyres, Capital Equipment and facilities plus travel sourcing extensively in BRIC markets, especially China. His current responsibilities include the wide area of ‘Services’ including IT, Power and Utilities, Construction Projects, Outsourcing, Recruitment, Training, Consultancy and Travel.

    Alan is experienced in negotiation strategies and techniques, supplier selection and performance assessment and most notable as an industry expert in the field of Supplier Financial Distress and Insolvency.

  • Amanda Lowe

    Head of Communications at Marketing Birmingham

    Amanda is Head of Communications at Marketing Birmingham, the city’s strategic marketing partnership and the driving force behind its growing reputation as a place to visit, meet and invest.

    Responsible for devising the organisation’s communications and stakeholder relations strategies, Amanda also leads on all corporate communications, partner engagement and corporate event content.

    Over the last 12 months Amanda’s team has delivered a record £16.5 million worth of positive media coverage promoting Birmingham as a business and visitor destination, including a doubling of international media coverage of the city as an investment location. Online engagement strategies have also produced a 42% increase in visitors to the company’s websites in the last year, over 12k Twitter followers and more than 1,300 Facebook likes.

    Amanda also manages the city’s communications around major events – including the 2011 Liberal Democrat and 2012 Conservative Party conferences, which both attracted more than 1,600 media. No to mentioned leading on Greater Birmingham’s communications programme at the world’s leading property conference, MIPIM, for the last four years.

  • James Villarreal

    CEO of Glide

    James is CEO and co-founder of Glide, which he started in 2006 with Sandeep Krishan while they were both studying at the University of Birmingham.

    Glide was born in James and Sandeep’s local pub, The Selly Park Tavern. In its early days the company was run from the boys’ student digs incentivising new clients with free chocolate. Today Glide is a £17 million turnover business with over 50 employees and 40,000 customers across the UK.

    In 2010, the then 24-year-old James won the coveted Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) award, becoming the youngest entrepreneur to win. He is a founder member and chair of the West Midlands Young Institute of Directors.

    Glide provides its own suite of utilities and services to shared households. Glide makes bills simple by delivering one monthly bill to cover all utilities and services both to tenants in shared rental accommodation, who only want to pay for their share, and to businesses with a portfolio of rental properties, who want to reduce their admin.

  • Stacey Barnfield

    Birmingham Post Editor

    Stacey Barnfield is the editor of the Birmingham Post, a premium newspaper serving the city and wider region with quality journalism and opinion since 1857.

    Stacey took up the role of Post editor in March 2013 at a time of widespread change to the regional press, brought about by fast-changing technological advances and reader habits.

    Prior to his current position Stacey spent four years as executive editor of the Post’s sister title, the Birmingham Mail. In a 20-year career in the Midlands media Stacey has also worked on numerous magazines and newspapers in a variety of roles.

    He is from Birmingham and lives in the city with his wife and young son.

    Outside of work he is interested in art, design and photography and has a misguided affection for Birmingham City Football Club, for which he is keen to blame his dad.

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