Welcome to the Colmore Collective

Birmingham’s most exciting events for emerging professionals in finance and law

Developing your network is never easy in the early years of your career. We create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to make this as pain-free as possible, through inclusive and open events for those towards the beginning of their professional career.

1. Inclusive events designed by and for early-career professionals

2. City centre networking to grow your contact base

3. Fun activities to make introductions and conversations easy

Our Next Event

Join us for a magical evening at the Colmore Collective Spring Dinner, where the theme is A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Alongside a three course meal, live music and networking magic with 120 emerging professionals, we will be raising money for the wonderful Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity throughout the night, including a prize raffle.

⏰ 4 April, 7pm til late
📍 Hyatt Regency, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham

About

After moving from Leeds to Birmingham, Lydia and Doug identified a gap in the market for a professional network offering inclusive events to the increasing number of young professionals in the city. 

Our committee is made up of corporate finance advisers, corporate lawyers, and investors. The Colmore Collective is open to professionals of all ages in the early stage of their career, usually having completed the relevant qualifications in their field.

Meet the Committee

Doug Allan
Doug Allan

Doug is a qualified ACA specialising in Corporate Finance lead advisory. After re-entering the Midlands market in 2021, he is now a Manager in the newly formed boutique, Evolve Corporate Finance.

Experiencing first-hand the success of the Leeds junior professional networking scene, he is keen to help facilitate the development of like-minded young professionals in Birmingham.

Lydia Bullock
Lydia Bullock

Lydia is a Corporate Finance Adviser at Grant Thornton having been at the firm for five years after initially joining as a school leaver.

As part of working in deals, establishing connections and developing a solid network is essential, therefore she is excited to host inclusive and friendly events for young professionals in the West Midlands.

Emily Parkes
Emily Parkes

Emily is a Principal Associate at Higgs LLP. She joined the firm’s Corporate team five years ago as a newly qualified lawyer, and advises a wide range of business and entrepreneurs on M&A matters both in the Midlands and nationally.

Developing strong working relationships is a key part of her role and she is enthusiastic about providing a forum for other up and coming professionals to grow their network, in a down to earth and inclusive way.

Huw Sparkes
Huw Sparkes

Huw is an Investment Manager at Birmingham-based venture capital firm, Midven. After reading Economics with Politics at the University of Birmingham, Huw works with a portfolio of venture-backed companies and makes pre-Series A investments up to £2m.

Much of a venture capitalist’s role is building relationships, and Huw is looking forward to facilitating more young-professional networking events in Birmingham.

Libby Roberts
Libby Roberts

Libby is a Corporate Lawyer, and previously deputy chair of the social committee of another Birmingham based young professionals network. She is excited to have the opportunity to bring young professionals together at fun and engaging events in the city.

Kathryn Hoverd
Kathryn Hoverd

Kathryn is a qualified ACA Investment Manager at FDC having been at the firm for 6 years after initially joining post university, specialising in originating and delivering SME funding opportunities between £1m and £7.5m across the Midlands.

Much of deal origination has building relationships at the core and Kathryn is excited to be part of growing the community within Birmingham’s young professional network through an exciting pipeline of events to come.

Claudia Haywood
Claudia Haywood

Claudia is an investment manager at Beech Tree Private Equity having joined in 2023. She specialises in sourcing and executing investment opportunities within three key sectors: financial services, technology and tech-enabled services, as well as supporting the portfolio.

Building and developing strong relationships is key to her role and she is delighted to be working alongside a talented committee to host fun and engaging events at Birmingham’s best venues.

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