TAG Network Midlands, the professional networking community and membership organisation, has appointed lifestyle PR expert Tara Tomes to its Non-Executive Board.

Tara, who is founder and Managing Director of Birmingham PR agency, EAST VILLAGE., joins TAG Network Midlands alongside existing board members; 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.

Commenting on her appointment, Tara said:

“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 Birmingham PR agency, EAST VILLAGE., back in 2013 and has established its reputation for working with brands that share good values and great stories. EAST VILLAGE.’s clients include Birmingham Enterprise Community, Castle Fine Art, Centrick Property, CHOICE CBD, Heart of England Community Foundation, Joshuaa Shaun Hair, Living Well UK, Longbridge Shopping, Roseanna Croft Jewellery, So Pure Coffee, ViDERE, Your Freedom Empire, and Zeus Group, to name a few.

Tara is a founding member of BPFS Black Leaders Network and involved in a number of local charities; including a 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.

TAG Network Midlands 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. 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.

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.”

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.