Bypy award success for thsh's katie banks

Katie Banks, Head of Education and Community at Town Hall and Symphony Hall, is toasting success after winning the communications category at the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Awards 2010.

Katie was presented with the award by Michelin-starred chef Glyn Purnell and broadcaster Suzi Perry in a glamorous evening ceremony at the city’s International Convention Centre.

The 29-year-old was interviewed by a panel of judges including Alun Thorne, Editor of the Birmingham Post, Paul Thandi, Chief Executive of the NEC Group and last year?s BYPY winner Suzie Branch of BHMG.

Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) is a highly prestigious awards ceremony that recognises and rewards the most talented individuals within Birmingham?s business community across six different categories.

Katie has worked in the arts sector in Birmingham since graduation in 2001, when she undertook a six month voluntary internship at Symphony Hall. A varied career in arts education and youth arts provision led Katie back to Symphony Hall and the reopening of Town Hall in 2007 to lead the Education & Community programme for both venues.

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