We are delighted to announce that David Poole has won the Inspire Birmingham 2014 Award for Arts and Culture! Over a week ago we informed you that he had been nominated for the accolade, with the awards ceremony to take place on 20th March at Aston Villa Football Club’s Villa Park stadium. Last night at the glittering ceremony hosted by ITV weather presenter Lucy Kite, David won the award recognising nominees’ achievements in the areas of art, film, music and theatre. Congratulations to David on winning this fantastic award!
The awards are a hugely important initiative by the Birmingham Leadership Foundation (BLF), an independent charity supporting emerging young leaders in the West Midlands, in partnership with the Birmingham Mail newspaper and in association with the Royal Bank of Scotland. They are a brilliant way of recognising the inspirational and varied young talent in the Birmingham area that may otherwise go unheralded. The calibre of nominees across the categories was truly stunning, so hearty congratulations to all the winners and nominees. It is great to see the city’s future is in such good hands, and that the often negative stereotypes about young people and the city of Birmingham are being swept away.
A massive thank you to the judging panel for selecting David for this award, and to the BLF, the Trinity Mirror group and RBS for showcasing the achievements of Birmingham’s young people in such a spectacular fashion. Thanks also to Lee Kemp, Founder and Director of Vermillion Films, the region’s best film company, for proposing David’s name for consideration in the first instance and for the continued support he and his fellow Vermillionaires offer. To see some of Vermillion’s exemplary work, visit their website here. Finally, a huge thank you to the large number of people who have got in touch via social media and email to congratulate David on his award. It is very much appreciated.
We shall keep you all updated on what happens next for David. As part of the award winners receive a bespoke package of personal and professional development support, which is sure to provide an excellent springboard for him as a scriptwriter and film director. To read more about the evening, visit this article on the Birmingham Mail website, with a full 12 page write up to come in next Thursday’s edition. To take a look at the work David has done over the past few years to merit this award, take a look at our Films page.