“It’s the people who have made the city a success”

Birmingham is a vibrant city which showcases the best of all industries and individuals. The Birmingham Awards are a unique opportunity to highlight and recognise the on-going contributions of its citizens and at the 2019 Awards Town Hall Symphony Hall’s Chair of the Board was one of the citizens recognised. 

Anita Bhalla OBE was awarded ‘Brummie of the Year’ on Saturday 9 November at The Library of Birmingham.

Anita Bhalla Obe Birmingham Award 2019

Anita has enjoyed a successful career in the media industry spanning over 25 years. She set up BBC Asian Network in the West Midlands, now a national digital service, and led the BBC's development of Big Screens in cities around the country.

Along with her varied career in the media world, Anita has a strong commitment to public services and welfare groups. While working as a Community Worker in Handsworth, Birmingham, she set up and ran one of the first hostels for Asian women.

In 2009, Anita was awarded an OBE for her services to Broadcasting and Communities and the following year, she was appointed High Sheriff for the West Midlands. She was also given an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University in 2016. 

Speaking at the Awards, Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said “it’s the people who have made the city a success” and with record levels of investment and development in recent years, including Symphony Hall’s foyer redevelopment, the future of Britain’s second city has never looked so optimistic.

Richard Loftus Anita Bhalla Obe And Andy Street

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