Enterprise Coordinators

The Enterprise Advisers Network is a project being delivered by Birmingham Education Partnership in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Business Professional Services Birmingham and Built Environment Skills in Schools.  

Our Enterprise Coordinators are:

Hilary Smyth-Allen

Hilary Smyth-Allen was appointed Executive Director for BPS Birmingham in 2014, having been an active member of BPS Birmingham Future for over 10 years.  She was formerly Director in the Environment business line at global construction consultancy AECOM, during which time Hilary won Birmingham Young Professional of the Year in 2011. During her year as BYPY, Hilary developed and led the Birmingham Future Commission project, which was a joint venture with Warwick Business School investigating the attraction and retention of talent to Birmingham for the BPS sector. This important strategic document continues to inform and drive BPS Birmingham’s work around skills and talent for the city region. 

Aside from BPS Birmingham, Hilary continues to practice as a Land Remediation Relief tax consultant for The Fiscal Incentives Group. She is also the Chair of core steering group for the lottery funded “TalentMatch” youth unemployment programme.  Hilary is also a board director of CL:AIRE, a charity promoting the sustainable use of land and soils and recently became an independent Governor for Birmingham Metropolitan College.

Julie Stirrup

Julie Stirrup is a Lead Officer in Birmingham City Council 14 – 19 Skills and Participation Team that works with schools and other education providers to secure appropriate destinations and pathways for all young people, preventing and reducing the number of young people who become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

She has previously worked as a manager at Birmingham and Solihull Learning and Skills Council monitoring quality and performance in post 16 education and training, preceded by a successful teaching background in a variety of different schools and settings. This included a position as a careers coordinator where she managed a successful careers education and a work experience programme, establishing sound links with local businesses.

In her current role, she promotes strategic partnership with organisations brokering education-business links to ensure not only consistency of provision across Birmingham schools but also opportunities to address the skills gap while increasing young people’s experience of work situations to improve their future employment potential. She also advises schools and other providers in tracking young people’s participation in education training and employment and in evaluating careers provision. This includes coordinating activities and resources to share good practice supporting professional development of local providers.

Mike Pipe

Mike was appointed as Enterprise Coordinator in October 2018. He was formerly a Project Manager for the National Citizen Service covering the East of England. This involved coordinating engagements with schools across Luton, Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough to promote the government funded youth project. Following the successful recruitment of the young people Mike then oversaw the delivery of a 4 week programme for up to 1400 young people throughout the Summer school holiday, focussing on quality experiences and developing meaningful skills.

Mike has also worked within the Prince’s Trust delivering the ‘Get Into’ programme with a view to provide outcome driven work experience opportunities for NEET young people between the ages of 15 – 24.


For Careers and Enterprise enquiries please contact John Garrett 

on john.garrett@bep.education or 0121 285 0924