SS12 Campaign Styled By Pavilions
We are really excited to introduce the stars of our new ‘Styled by Pavilions’ campaign. Hilary Allen, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2011, and Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, a manufacturing Managing Director, are joining forces with Pavilions to celebrate all the fabulous and inspirational women who live and work in our city!
Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, is head of Professional Polishing Ltd, a large stainless steel and metal polishing company, and chair for The Women in Business Association
If someone had told me that I would be close to my 40th birthday and asked to take part in a fashion campaign for inspirational women, I’m afraid I would have laughed. Yet, my involvement with Pavilions Birmingham has not only helped me celebrate my professional success – always helpful with a milestone like 40 – but also reignited an interest in fashion. I tend to avoid clothes shopping in busy malls as often I’m faced with an array of clothes and no idea what will suit me, but this experience has shown me that in a relaxed and stylish environment I can shop, ask advice and choose something stunning in a less stressful atmosphere.
The experience has been fantastic, my team at Professional Polishing Services Ltd were amazed at the transformation and I can’t wait for my colleagues at the Women in Business Association to see how professional and stylish I look! It is great to see a shopping centre celebrating the achievements of women in the city. When Pavilions contacted me to ask if I was interested in being involved, I jumped at the chance.
There a lot of incredible women out there but as a whole our gender is quite reticent about ‘blowing our own trumpet’ and so I’m really keen to get involved and promote women’s achievements in Birmingham.
Hilary Allen, was Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2011 and is a Director in the Environment business line at AECOM.
Each week that goes by seems to get more varied than the last; a trend in my life that's really gained momentum since winning Birmingham's Young Professional of the Year 2011.
My day job at the global management and support services company AECOM keeps me busy on some exciting projects including a tender for mining work in Sierra Leone, the launch of an innovative market leading website, and this week's diary also includes a trip to the capital to meet with HM Treasury about various environmental policy initiatives. So, the opportunity to have more glamour injected into the working week through the Pavilions' ‘inspiring women’ campaign was welcome - albeit surprising - addition.
It's been quite an eye-opening experience and not something that I ever really thought would come my way. Birmingham is such a great place to live and work; the business community is really strong and through organisations like Birmingham Future, I've met so many fantastic, talented people, who are equally passionate about our city. The fact that Pavilions wants to celebrate the successes of some of our top women is a case in point as an example of why I love Birmingham. I'm truly flattered to have been asked, as I certainly wouldn't ever put myself into any category labelled 'inspirational'. It's been fun and nerve-wracking at the same time - but I've taken the plunge, putting myself well and truly out of my comfort zone in order to help spread the word about our great city!
Photography: Paul Ward