Birmingham Publicity Association has welcomed a new President to its helm. Selena Higgins-McCarron of Global Radio was appointed at the organisation’s 71st annual general meeting this week.
Held at Global Radio’s Brindleyplace offices, the AGM also saw Natalie Pejovic, senior account manager at Superdream, appointed as vice-chair.
Selena initially joined the BPA in 2002 and previously served as chair from 2009 to 2011.
She said: “I stepped down from council when I had my little boy, but I have always loved being involved with the BPA as I always felt it was important to give something back -whether that is time, experience or money to deserving causes so I’m really pleased to have been invited back to serve as President for the next two years.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Caroline and the council to bring creative and media companies of all sizes across the greater West Midlands together to network, learn, have fun and - most importantly - raise money for our current charity LoveBrum."
Caroline Chell, Chair of the BPA said: “We’re delighted to have Selena back on board – she has always been a big supporter of the BPA and is the perfect person to help steer the organisation forward.
“I’m also thrilled that Natalie has agreed to be vice chair – while she’s only served on the BPA Council for two years, she has had a huge impact, and shows real commitment. She’s played a big part in making some of our recent events a success.
“Her commitment has been noted by the Council as a whole – she is also the recipient of the Longley Merit Cup, which sees council members nominate the person they feel has gone above and beyond in their duties to support the BPA. The accolade is very well deserved,” she added.
Caroline also presented outgoing President Steve Price with the Chairman’s Tankard, saying: “Steve has unquestionably made one of the biggest contributions to the BPA, having served on council for more than a decade and taking on positions as both Chair and President. All of this is done on a voluntary basis and Steve’s support has made a real difference to the council’s work.”
Dedicated to bringing the creative industries in the Midlands closer together, the BPA selects key charities that its members wish to support each year.
Last year the business divided its fund raising efforts between Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, raising £10,000. The BPA is now working closely with LoveBrum supporting its endeavours to boost local causes.