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A former winner of IoD West Midlands Director of the Year, who judges praised for ensuring health and safety standards were the highest in the sector and that the company matched its stated goals on corporate social responsibility, will support Town Hall Symphony Hall in their multi-million pound foyer development.

Symphony Hall’s public spaces have not seen a major refurbishment since the Hall opened in 1991. The project will open the building onto a regenerated Centenary Square and reinforcing Symphony Hall’s place in Birmingham city life.

After leaving National Grid in April 2018, Ian Graves established Competitive Future Ltd. The company works with Utility companies and Infrastructure developers to help them not only deliver successful programmes of work, but also transform their culture and develop their people. To date he has worked with water, gas and electricity companies in the UK and the US.

Nick Reed, Town Hall Symphony Hall Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to have Ian Graves’ expertise supporting the evolution of Symphony Hall, enabling this iconic venue to grow and thrive in the future. We’re extremely grateful to Holmes Noble for their introduction to this Business Development expert. Ian’s global expertise will support the future direction of this world-renowned venue.”

Along with Town Hall, Symphony Hall plays an important role in the life of the region – connecting over 15,000 young people and adults to a world of music and performance through education, community and talent development projects – and is regularly used for community events, graduation ceremonies and conferences.

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