Millennium Point CEO, Judith Armstrong, named one of the 'most influential' people in the West Midlands by the Birmingham Post Power 250. 

The Birmingham Post Power 250 identifies the senior figures in 24 sectors that are key to the future of the city, from fields as diverse as health and science through to politics, business and the arts.

Above: Judith outside Millennium Point

Judith has been CEO at Millennium Point since November 2015, having joined the organisation in 2012 as Finance Director. Judith started her career at TNT, before an eight years stint at DHL, where she became finance director at the age of just 29. A passionate advocate of women in business, she sat on the Women in Leadership board at DHL, and regularly speaks at events in the city about equality and diversity.  

In October, Judith challenged businesses at a Birmingham Chamber of Commerce breakfast to tackle the shortfall of 70,000 workers a year in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) sectors, commenting, “We all have to take responsibility for encouraging more young people to take an interest in occupations requiring study of STEM subjects.”

“Birmingham has always embraced the spirit of hard work and innovation,” said Judith. “We have to ignite the minds of children. It is up to us [the businesses], and all of us as parents and grandparents–to drive this forward.”

Featured in the 2017 Birmingham Economic Review, Judith discussed innovation in Birmingham and the issue of a widening skills gap presenting a barrier to future growth, which can be addressed through investment and retention of young talent.

“Organisations who engage young people through support of [STEM] initiatives gain themselves a gateway into future innovation and business growth: for young people to contribute their talent, ideas and develop skills to craft new products and processes which drive productivity.”

In the Power 250, Judith joins established faces, such as council leader John Clancy, MP Jess Phillips and Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, and rising faces of the city, like Immy Kaur, of Impact Hub Birmingham, Katie Trout, of the Greater Birmingham LEP, and David Oram, founder of social media business Brumpic.

 Below: Judith speaking about Millennium Point as an organisation and events venue.