Networking group strengthens non-executive board with new arrival

Birmingham PR boss joins TAG Network Midlands.

Professional development organisation TAG Network Midlands has strengthened its non-executive board with the appointment of PR expert Tara Tomes. The networking community and membership organisation, which supports young professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders – across all sectors – has announced its latest appointment in line with a new-look membership for corporates, individuals and SMEs.

Tara joins the non-executive board alongside Dee Kundi, Partner at Knights Plc; Jimi Shabir, CEO at Bootcamp Media; Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, Managing Director at Professional Polishing Services Ltd; Stacey Ryan, Director and Head of Centre at Oxbridge; Stu Wood, Director at Woodshires; and Tru Powell, Founder of Alternative Events, Aston Performing Arts, and Kandy Girl.

Founder and Chair of TAG Network Midlands, Denise Morris, comments: “I have always admired Tara’s commitment to supporting fellow entrepreneurs and leaders within the city. During lockdown, both TAG Network Midlands and East Village have stood out as brands that have stepped up in delivering assistance to a wide range of professionals, so to have Tara on board as a non-executive director is very exciting! Myself and my fellow Board Directors are delighted and look forward to working with her.”

Speaking about her appointment, Tara Tomes (pictured) comments: “I’ve always championed personal and professional development, having been a member of various organisations across the city throughout my career. I know, first hand, the value they deliver; whether you’re an intrapreneur pushing innovation within an organisation, starting your own business, or driving an organisation forward from the top.

“The work of TAG Network Midlands has always stood out as pushing towards a bigger, better and brighter future for professionals, so I’m absolutely delighted to be on board. They offer fantastic memberships and incredible events, for graduates right through to established leaders. I can’t wait to see what 2021 holds for the organisation!”

Tara founded back Birmingham-based East Village in 2013 and the agency works with both regional and national clients across retail, leisure, hospitality, property and the third sector. She is a founding member of BPFS Black Leaders Network and involved in a number of local charities, including founding trustee of Let’s Feed Brum, committee member for iShelter, and Patron of SIFA Fireside in addition to previously being chair of BPS Birmingham Future and board member at Colmore Business District.

Earlier this year, TAG Network Midlands also introduced a newly appointed Young Professional board during lockdown, with members including Chair Sapreena Kumari, Aston University; Vice-Chair Hannah Floyd, Marissa Jacquet, Grove Tompkins Bosworth; Stephanie Taylor, Malmaison & Hotel Du Vin; Chukwudi Ononye, Chefiesta; Aisha Masood, West Midlands Police; and Devon Geary, Birmingham Tech Week.

Offering a range of member benefits – including mentoring, professional development and training – TAG Network Midlands aims to enhance skills and personal growth. The organisation also offers a calendar of regular events and webinars; the latest of which have welcomed speakers including Councillor Sharon Thompson, Yetunde Dania (Trowers & Hamlins), Fiona Allan (Birmingham Hippodrome), Inez Brown (HCR Law), Tony Elvin (Touchwood Solihull), and Professor Monder Ram OBE.

To find out more about TAG Network Midlands, view the latest events and see the membership options available, visit