Millennium Point – Birmingham Eastside’s 500,000 sq.ft anchor building – has its first ever all-female executive team.
The event and office destination, which overlooks Eastside Park, has appointed Abigail Vlahakis as Finance Director and Rebecca Delmore as Commercial Director. They join Chief Executive Judith Armstrong and Head of People, Learning and Development, Vanessa Currie.
The new appointments follow calls by Judith Armstrong earlier this year for more women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Millennium Point recently hosted the visit by HRH Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle coinciding with International Women’s Day.
Abigail Vlahakis was previously senior tax manager at KPMG in Birmingham having started her career as a manager with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. She graduated from The University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a MBA.
Rebecca Delmore was previously director of group sales for 5Ways Hospitality which included the opening of Park Regis Birmingham, and prior to that head of sales at Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium.
Judith Armstrong, CEO at Millennium Point said that it was proof that the organisation practiced what it preaches.
“As a venue and destination dedicated to supporting STEM, and as keen exponents of attracting more women into senior positions, I am delighted that we now have an all-female team.
“Women have made progress in the number in leadership positions but the gender gap continues to be a prevalent issue. Overall female representation does vary from industry to industry but it is significant that women make up less than a quarter of STEM professionals whereas in healthcare, it is nearly half of all leadership positions. We hope that our news will at least prompt others to consider the balance of their executive teams.”
Millennium Point is unusual in that profits from its commercial activities in the building are used to fund organisations, projects and initiatives with interests in STEM. During the past four years, Millennium Point Trust – which owns the building – has donated more than £4m to support STEM initiatives.
Photo caption: Recently appointed (left) Abigail Vlahakis and (right) Rebecca Delmore with Judith Armstrong and Vanessa Currie.