Arup’s civil engineer is the future face of the Greater Birmingham bedroom



A civil engineer who worked on the HS2 bullet train project has been named Future Face of Greater Birmingham 2021.

Michal Nowinski, highway specialist for global engineering firm Arup in Solihull, won the sustainability award before being chosen from among the other laureates for the highest honor.

This year’s edition of the annual Under-35 Commercial Talent Awards was a combined Future Faces and Birmingham Young Professional of the Year award.

It follows the merger last year of the latter’s organizer, BPS Birmingham, with Future Faces, the youth arm of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.

Mr. Nowinski, originally from Poland, started his career in industry in 2009 with the international construction engineering company Egis in Katowice and went on to obtain a first-rate degree in civil engineering at the Silesian University of Technology. .

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He moved to the UK in 2016 when he joined Arup, achieving Chartered Engineer status earlier this year, and expanded his role at Arup to include holistic assessment, highway design, 3D modeling and road safety audits.

He worked on Phase 2a of HS2, which will take place between Birmingham and Crewe, and out of the office participated in Birmingham City University’s Career + mentorship program and was involved in a range of events to help students to navigate the prospects for a career in the civil engineering industry.

The 34-year-old has also taught at the Institution of Civil Engineers and is now seeking to complete his Masters in Construction Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Other winners included Ineta Svedaite, relationship and events manager at Fazenda steakhouse in Colmore Row, which won the retail and hospitality category, and Yung-Yu Lau, strategic consultant to civil engineering firm Jacobs in Birmingham, which won both the Industry Award and the Future Faces Champion Award.

This is chosen by the Future Faces committee in recognition of someone who has gone above and beyond to support others in their local community over the past 12 months during the covid pandemic.

Anjum Khan, Director of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce and President of the Jury, said: “This year’s award nominations really highlighted the incredible array of young talent this city has to offer.

“Michal’s professional and personal accomplishments perfectly position him as the future face of Greater Birmingham and I can’t wait to see where his career goes from here.”

The ceremony was held online and hosted by Heart Radio host Gemma Hill from the chamber’s headquarters in Edgbaston.

The full list of winners for 2021 is below and click here to read this year’s shortlist:

Apprentice of the year

Dylan Pickin, ValYou Recruitment

Arts and culture

Alex Nicholson Evans, Birmingham Museums Trust

Charity and social enterprise

Neelam Heera, cysts


Davies Okeowo, Birmingham Corporate Community


Naomi Campion, Bibby Financial Services


Yung Yu Lau, Jacobs


Baljinder Singh Atwal, West Midlands Police

Public sector and education

Daniel Cash, Aston University

Retail and hospitality

Ineta Svedaite, Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill

Sales, Marketing and Communication

Hannah Montgomery, Golddust Marketing

Technology and innovation

Karl Nicholson, Synaptek

Champion of Future Faces 2021

Yung Yu Lau, Jacobs

Sustainability and the future face of 2021

Michal Nowinski, Arup


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