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West Midlands Route Map for Growth

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE - Tuesday 6th June 2017 - Venue: The Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham B40 1PU

  • Be informed; understand the scale and extent of the opportunities in the West Midlands

  • Listen & Learn from Public (Central and Regional Government) and Private Sector Leaders

  • Network with the key players & stakeholders involved in the West Midlands economy

WHAT IS THE WEST MIDLANDS FORUM FOR GROWTH?

The West Midlands Forum For Growth is organised by Movers & Shakers; in partnership with WMCA and DIT, in association with GVA and is the official conference of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

This is an authoritative one-day event, bringing together Public (Central and Regional Government) and Private Sector leaders to engage and debate the key issues in driving the West Midlands economy forward.

Building on the highly rated and well supported inaugural MWFFG event [see feedback] in 2016, the theme for 2017 will be ‘Route Map for Growth’ and will explore the WMCA’s progress over its first year, its strategy for growth and how this fits into the Government’s ‘Industrial Strategy’.

Conference content will cover; growth sectors; infrastructure & connectivity, inward investment, regeneration & placemaking. In addition, there will be opportunities to find out what the LEP’s are planning with plenty of interaction and debate throughout the day.

The West Midlands Combined Authority has an economy worth £85bn of GVA; and in one of the fastest growing economies in the UK outside London. Its plan is to unlock £8bn of investment packages and offers enormous potential as a growth platform for the UK economy and provides a massive opportunity to investors, developers and the construction industry.

“Route Map for Growth

The West Midlands Combined Authority has an economy worth £85bn of GVA; and in one of the fastest growing economies in the UK outside London. Its plan is to unlock £8bn of investment packages and offers enormous potential as a growth platform for the UK economy and provides a massive opportunity to investors, developers and the construction industry.

Building on the highly rated and well supported inaugural WMFFG event [see feedback] in 2016, the theme for 2017 will be ‘Route Map for Growth’ and will explore the WMCA’s progress over its first year, its strategy for growth and how this fits into the Government’s ‘Industrial Strategy’.

Conference content will cover; growth sectors; infrastructure & connectivity, inward investment, regeneration & placemaking. In addition, there will be opportunities to find out what the LEP’s are planning with plenty of interaction and debate throughout the day.

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  • Organisations and individuals involved in or interested in the developing West Midlands / Midlands economy
  • Private Sector: Investors, Funds, Banks, Development, Housebuilders, Housing Associations, Property Lawyers, Property Surveyors, Advisors, Consultants and Contractors
  • Public Sector: Government, Local Authorities, Constituent Authorities, Non Constituent Authorities, LEPs. Public Bodies and Associations

A one-day event that will deliver on multiple levels:

  • Be informed; understand the scale and extent of the opportunities in the West Midlands
  • Listen and learn; from Public (Central and Regional Government) and Private Sector Leaders
  • Gain valuable insights into the vision and ambitions of the West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Network with the key players and stakeholders in the West Midlands / Midlands economy
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Event Speakers

Waheed Nazir

Interim Strategic Director for Economy

Birmingham City Council

Waheed Nazir was appointed as Interim Strategic Director for Economy at Birmingham City Council in January 2016, although he has worked for the local authority since 1999 with previous roles including Director of Planning & Regeneration, Director of Regeneration, Assistant Director for Development Planning, as well as CEO of SRB6.

In his new role, as well as leading on the delivery of planning and regeneration, housing, transportation, skills and employment, Waheed is a member of the corporate leadership team, supporting and driving the Future Council improvement programme Waheed has been instrumental in shaping a new approach to transformational change across Birmingham, overseeing the Big City Plan, a 20 year vision to encourage and support the continued transformation of a world class city centre; the Birmingham Development Plan, the statutory framework which will guide decisions on development and regeneration in Birmingham up to 2031, and the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan, which sets out the Council’s aspirations for the new HS2 terminus station and the wider regeneration potential of what will be one of the biggest urban regeneration schemes in the UK. Waheed also has a number of advisory roles at a regional and national level.

On a regional level, Waheed is the lead advisor on behalf of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, leading on the Enterprise Zone, advising on planning and working with private sector investment funds to maximise opportunities for the region in delivering economic growth.

Waheed is also involved in a range of work with government around the development of policy initiatives, and sat on the national Land Auction Task Force in an advisory capacity on planning, housing and the growth agenda, to contribute to Government policy around enabling greater housing delivery across the UK.

Paul Thandi

Chief Executive

NEC Group

Since becoming CEO in October 2006 Paul has rebuilt the company’s brands and reputation, created a new senior management team and transformed the Group into a data-led organisation which has included the launch and evolution of The Ticket Factory, now a challenger brand to Ticketmaster.

Paul has also led the business through a change of ownership.

Under Paul’s stewardship the Group has agreed major commercial partnerships with internationally renowned organisations such as Genting, Barclaycard and Virgin. Prior to joining NEC Group Paul had 20 year’s experience in the media industry.

Paul is Chairman of Glide Utilities Ltd and on the board of Marketing Birmingham. He also heads up the Midlands Growth Engine Steering Group, is chair of Birmingham and Solihull Employment Skills Board and Chair of the Birmingham Sports Commission.

Leigh Natasha Salter

Managing Director

Movers & Shakers

Leigh Natasha Salter is Managing Director of Movers & Shakers, having formerly been the Business and Events Director. Leigh has been responsible for developing the brand over the last 10 years and has recently launched the Movers & Shakers UK Regional events programme. Previously she worked in marketing, communications and research, and also ran the Windsor & Maidenhead Borough’s Business to Community Partnership, facilitating CSR for businesses. She qualified at Oxford University with a BA Honours in Human Sciences, and a scholarship, and is also a member of the BPF and UK-GBC.

Patrick Burns

Political Editor

BBC Midlands

Patrick Burns is the BBC Midlands Political Editor.

He is a regular face on tv news programmes including Midlands Today and the BBC News Channel. He is also the presenter of the Midlands section of the Sunday Politics.

Patrick contributes to the five BBC Midlands local radio stations and to a variety of BBC online output including his blog: bbc.co.uk/patrickburns and Twitter @PatrickBurnsBBC

Patrick has been a member of the lobby at Westminster for over thirty years and has interviewed every prime minister since Margaret Thatcher. At that time, he was a member of the team of national political correspondents under the legendary BBC Political Editor, John Cole.

Last year’s general election was the ninth that he has covered. He admits it was the most challenging and unpredictable of them all.

Before specialising in political journalism, Patrick was a general news reporter working for the BBC in Northern Ireland at the height of ‘The Troubles’ and for BBC Television News in London.

He began his BBC career as a graduate News Trainee based at Broadcasting House in London, having recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Politics and Modern History.

Beyond his day job, Patrick has been a school governor for many years. He is the Chairman of the Board of the King Edward’s Foundation in Birmingham which oversees two top-rated Independent schools and six leading state academies.

He went to school in Birmingham where he lives with his wife Pauline. They have two grown-up children who are both doctors.

Dr Colin Clinton

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UKTI RIO

Colin joined Arup during 1988, having previously worked in the public sector on major Inner Cityinfrastructure projects and Urban Regeneration schemes for Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, West Midlands County Council and the City of Birmingham for a sustained period from 1971 to 1988.

In 2002 as a Chartered Civil Engineer, Colin was appointed a Director of Arup, and in 2004 became the youngest President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In January 2010 he was appointed Director of Business Development East Asia Region (EAR), reporting to Arup’s East Asia Regional Board. The role, based in Hong Kong included responsibility for creating, developing and leading a newly formed group focussed on identifying investors and projects, securing new relationships and business opportunities across China and East Asia.

From June 2011, and in addition to his BD role, he was Project Director for the Rose Rock International Finance Centre (RRIFC) in Tianjin, Northern China. One of the largest Civil Engineering projects in mainland China at 3.2 Billion US$. The 1M sqm development incorporated a 588m landmark tower. Having identified, negotiated and secured this major commission for Arup, Dr Clinton initiated and led the project team of over 100 staff.

Throughout 2013 and 2014 Dr Clinton developed relationships with some of China’s largest engineering firms, including China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG). The focus with these firms included outward investment into the UK, Europe and the West, development of international engineering standards and the mobility of professionally qualified engineers. Towards the end of 2014 he created an East Asia region-wide 2015 BD Strategy, in alignment with Arup’s new China Plan 2020, and the Arup Group Strategy launched in October 2014.

In April 2015 he returned from China to the UK and, at his own request, was based in Arup’s Liverpool Office. In Sept 2015 Colin accepted an invitation by UK Gov’t for a part time secondment role as Head of China Business in UKTI Regeneration and Investment Organisation (RIO). He accompanied the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to China for the Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD), visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. He supported the leaders of Cities in the Northern and in late Oct 2015 Colin led a programme of business investor meetings as part of the China State Visit by President Xi to UK.

From January 2016 and in his 3 day a week secondment role to UKTI RIO Colin has been based in Birmingham supporting the inward investment strategy for Birmingham, WMCA and the Midlands Engine. He directed the production of the ME investment Pitchbook and help launch it at MIPIM in Mar 2016.
He is a member of the ME promotions group and is chairing a sterring group for the creation of a ME Pavillion at MIPIM in 2017.

Mark Rogers

Chief Executive

Birmingham City Council

Mark graduated from Oxford in 1983 and embarked upon working life by becoming a volunteer care assistant in a residential special school. In 1985 moved he into his first teaching role.

In 2001, Mark was seconded to be the Head of Specialist Services in Tameside, working on the Authority’s first inclusion strategy. Having quickly developed an appetite for local government, Mark was appointed as Assistant Director, Children & Young People, for Stockport Council in 2003.

In March 2006, Mark joined Solihull Council’s Corporate Leadership Team, having been appointed to the post of Director of Children’s Services.

In December 2013 Mark was appointed to the role of Chief Executive and Director of Economy at Birmingham City Council and took up role in March 2014.

Finally, Mark still maintains his commitment to children’s services as the Society of Local Authority Chief Executive’s lead for this area.

David Jennings

Chairman

Movers & Shakers

Managing Director - Business Vantage Ltd
Chairman - Movers & Shakers Property Networking Forum

David started his career in Construction and Property. In 1990 he jointly founded and was a Joint Managing Director of the Salisbury Consulting Group; he sold his interest in 1995. In 1996 he formed Business Vantage, a business and research consultancy which specialises in property and construction and advises major UK plc’s.

David is the Founder Director and Chairman of Movers & Shakers formed in 1996 the UK’s most successful and popular networking forum.

He is also a Founder Director and shareholder of Stonemartin plc, an AIM listed serviced office business; founded in 1999.

David is Founder Director and shareholder of ResourceFull Ltd formerly Nice4Work Ltd.

Martin Reeves

Chief Executive

West Midlands Combined Authority

Martin has been Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009. He had previously been with Bedfordshire County Council for three and a half years as Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Executive.

Martin was previously Head of Performance Improvement at Westminster City Council. He was also Programme Director for WorkSmart the City Council’s flagship transformation programme. Martin spent much of his early career as a lecturer and researcher, and has a PhD in applied economics. He was the President of SOLACE in 2013 and now leads their Digital Leadership Network. He is also the Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Champion.

In 2015, Martin was invited onto the independent taskforce, which produced the new 5 year national cancer strategy. He co-chairs the national systems leadership board and chairs the national cross system board for sustainable health & social care (taking over from Jonathan Porritt).

He is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board. In November 2015 Martin was included in the top 20 of the Local Government Chronicle’s list of the 100 most influential people in local government.

Cllr Robert Sleigh

Chair

West Midlands Combined Authority

Bob Sleigh is Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Chairman of the Shadow Board of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Prior to becoming Leader, he was Deputy Leader for eight years and was Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.

He is a Director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and West Midland Rail Limited and Deputy Chairman of the ITA.

He has held previous public appointments as Chairman of the National Probation Service for the West Midlands and as Non-Executive Director of the Solihull Care Trust, where he held the
position of Chairman of Community Services.

Politically, he has been Chairman of the Meriden Conservative Association twice and of Solihull Borough Conservatives.

Bob has had a long business career, principally with SMEs, and recently retired from Birmingham-based Gee & Co, where he was Business Development Manager.

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