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'INVESTING IN THE FUTURE' - People | Place | Economy

Tuesday 17th September 2019 - The Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham


The West Midlands Forum For Growth has been organised by Movers & Shakers; in partnership with WMGC, WMCA and DIT and is the official launch 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 growing the West Midlands economy.

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Lorna Gavin

Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility

Gowling WLG

Lorna Gavin is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility at the international commercial law firm Gowling WLG. For the 14 years prior to taking up the role in 2006, she was a practising corporate lawyer and latterly a partner. In her role, Lorna oversees the firm’s award winning pro bono, volunteering and charitable giving programmes, diversity and wellbeing initiatives and environmental management systems. Lorna also liaises with clients and suppliers to identify opportunities for collaborative working on community, environmental and inclusion and wellbeing programmes.

Lorna oversees a wide range of programmes supporting the homeless. Notably she oversees an award winning programme providing work experience to homeless people as well as helping to create Suited for Success, a charity providing ‘gently worn’ business clothing to the homeless and those
facing multiple barriers to employment, for use in interviews plus interview coaching and support.

Lorna sits on the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Homelessness Taskforce. In 2017 Lorna was named Birmingham Law Society’s Corporate Social Responsibility/Pro bono lawyer of the year and in 2018 she was named Inspiring Leader by Birmingham Future.

Mikayla Jones

Campaigns and Engagement Manager

Uprising Leadership

Mikayla is passionate about amplifying the voices of those more marginalised in society, including young people. Mikayla has worked with underrepresented and diverse groups of young people in the region for over 7 years. She had worked and volunteered for organisations focused on young people including The Challenge Network, yoUFA, Envision and UpRising Leadership and can often be heard pushing the youth agenda within West Midlands Women’s Voice and Birmingham Civic Society. For this work Mikayla was featured in Birmingham Live’s 30 under 30 list 2019. Mikayla is passionate about connecting communities and campaigning for inclusive representation of marginalised groups at decision-making levels. An experienced speaker she addressed these issues locally at TAG Network WM and iD Network in the Midlands and internationally at Women of the World Festival and Feria Preta in Brazil.

Perry Wardle

Assistant Director – Growth & Development

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Perry is currently Assistant Director for Growth and Development at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. In addition to overseeing the general development agenda in Solihull he has responsibility for developing the UK Central infrastructure programme in conjunction with the UK Central Urban Growth Company in the area around the HS2 Interchange Station. Perry has an MSc in Real Estate and Property Management and a PhD in regional economic development.

Jean Templeton

Chief Executive

St Basils

Jean has been Chief Executive of St Basils in Birmingham since 2000 and prior to that has over 20 years’ experience of managing housing and neighbourhood services in a number of Local Authorities in the North East and Midlands. St Basils is a registered Housing Association and Charity providing a range of accommodation and support for young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk in Birmingham and West Midlands. Jean is a member of Birmingham’s Housing Partnership Board and Birmingham Social Housing Partnership Executive. She is Chair of the West Midlands’ Mayor’s Homelessness Taskforce and is a member of the Government’s Advisory Panel on Rough Sleeping and Homelessness and chairs the national Youth Homelessness Parliament. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of Birmingham in 2006 and Membership through Distinction of Faculty of Public Health in 2018.

Kalvinder Kohli

Head of Service, Commissioning Prevention and Community Assets

Birmingham City Council

Kalvinder Kohli is currently the Head of Service, Commissioning Prevention and Community Assets, within Birmingham City Council and chairs the Birmingham Homelessness Partnership Board. Her role spans across a range of prevention initiatives tackling homelessness across the City, the WM region and through Euro Cities. Kalvinder has led the design and delivery of key prevention strategies relating to homelessness and domestic abuse in the City and overseen their associated commissioning activity. Kalvinder has worked closely with DWP and ESF funders to secure additional support for vulnerable adults at risk of homelessness the furthest away from the labour market. Kalvinder is the Housing First strategic lead for Birmingham City Council in its Accountable Body status on behalf of the WMCA and has overseen the successful delivery of the first year of the programme.

John Batten

Global Cities Director


As the Global Cities Director for Arcadis, John leads a global team dedicated to delivering outcomes that improve quality of life, safely and sustainably.

John is a globally recognized thought leader in urban sustainability and water and has more than three decades of experience in the field. He now leads a portfolio of eighteen global cities for Arcadis. Prior to his current positions, he was the Executive Vice President and the Director of Strategic Client Development for Arcadis North America; and Global Water Director. John has a wealth of experience which includes management of drinking water, wastewater utilities, water for industry, water quality and public health, marketing, communications and customer and public relations.

John holds a BS degree in Environmental Sciences from The American University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from New York Medical College.

Cllr Ian Brookfield


City of Wolverhampton Council


Patricia Willoughby

Head of Policy - Housing and Regeneration

West Midlands Combined Authority

Pat Willoughby has extensive experience working in strategic planning, housing, regeneration and infrastructure provision for a variety of public and private sector organisations. At the West Midlands Combined Authority, she works with local authorities and LEPs to support the delivery of new homes and jobs, focusing on inclusive growth corridors, town centre regeneration and affordable housing. Place-making and inclusive growth lie at the heart of this work, developing a regional design charter and strategy for modern methods of construction to raise the quality of development and increase the pace of delivery. Formerly, Pat was a director of David Lock Associates leading multi-disciplinary teams in the preparation of master plans, development frameworks and strategic planning strategies. At Wei Yang & Partners, she was the principal author of their shortlisted submission for the Wolfson Prize on garden cities. Most recently, she led the local authority and LEP partnership preparing the Strategic Growth Plan for Leicester & Leicestershire.

Andrew Stephenson MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Andrew Stephenson MP was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 4 April 2019. He was previously a Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, from January 2018 to April 2019. Andrew was an Assistant Government Whip from June 2017 to January 2018. He was first elected as Conservative MP for Pendle in May 2010.

Amy Harhoff

Director of Regeneration & Growth

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Amy joined Sandwell as Director of Regeneration and Growth in 2018. Since joining Sandwell Amy has been focused in transforming services, ensuring the strategic position of the borough, delivering inclusive economies and community wealth building. Prior to joining The West Midlands, Amy led the Corporate Affairs Directorate for Transport for Greater Manchester supporting 10 Metropolitan Authorities and the Mayor of Greater Manchester. Amy was part of the senior team who established Transport for the North (the first statutory sub-national transport body in England) and led key policy and delivery activity including the Northern Power House Independent Economic Review and subsequent work to develop the statutory Transport Plan. Amy was also part of the senior team who developed the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority model and initial Mayoral Devolution Deal in 2015, she led key works including the infrastructure investment plan, growth deal and multiportfolio infrastructure investment fund. Amy is proud to have worked on place agendas across England and passionately believes in the potential of areas to exceed their trajectory delivering inclusive economic growth for business and communities.

Matthew Rhodes


Energy Capital West Midlands

Matthew Rhodes is Chair of Energy Capital West Midlands. Energy Capital is a public-private partnership responsible to the Mayor of the West Midlands for delivering the West Midlands Regional Energy Strategy.

Matthew’s career spans energy, manufacturing and management consultancy. From 2003 to 2017 he founded and led an engineering and building physics consultancy specialising in low carbon innovation, developing and delivering collaborative projects at the leading edge of the energy system transition, particularly in housing and community contexts. He’s a Board member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership.

Matthew trained in engineering, economics and management at Oxford University. He’s a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and an Honorary Research Fellow in Energy Policy at Exeter University.

Paul King

Managing Director, Sustainability and Social Impact

Lendlease Europe

Paul is Managing Director, Sustainability and Social Impact, Lendlease Europe.

Previously he was the founding CEO of the UK Green Building Council, May 2007 – January 2015.

Before that he worked for WWF-UK as Director of Campaigns, Campaign Director for WWF’s One Million Sustainable Homes campaign and co-founder of One Planet Living.
Paul is a member of the Board of Centre for London, the city’s only dedicated think tank.

Paul was Chairman of the Zero Carbon Hub and a member of the Zero Carbon Homes 2016 Task Force. He was previously a member of the Green Construction Board and Chair of its Buildings Working Group. He was also a member of the Low Carbon Construction IGT, Sustainable Buildings Task Group, Code for Sustainable Homes Steering Group and the Egan Review of Skills for Sustainable Communities. On an international level, he was a member of the Board of the World Green Building Council and Chair of the WorldGBC Europe Network between 2007 and 2014.

Joe Reeves

Executive Director of Strategy and Growth

Midland Heart

Joe Reeves is the Executive Director of Strategy and Growth for Midland Heart, a leading Midlands based housing association with over 33,000 homes in management. As Director of Strategy and Growth, Joe is responsible for Midland Heart’s housing new build and acquisition programme which is projected to deliver in excess of 3,300 homes over the next five years. Joe joined Midland Heart following a period of 16 years at PwC in the Corporate Finance Infrastructure and Government team. As a Director at PwC, Joe acted as lead commercial advisor on major housing and other social infrastructure public private partnership projects across the UK with a combined capital value of £1.5bn.

Atif Ali

Development Officer, Inclusive Growth Directorate

Birmingham City Council

Atif Ali is a Development Officer at Birmingham City Council in the Planning and Development department.

Atif Ali graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2017 with a Masters in Law (LLM). He is a Development Officer at Birmingham City Council in the Planning and Development department and is involved in the 2022 Commonwealth Games compulsory purchase order. Atif is the founder of INSIGHT WESTMIDS, a community interest company, which he uses as a platform to broadcast video interviews with West Midlands Movers & Shakers as well as promote the public sector to young upcoming leaders in the region.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Atif is extremely passionate about the City and sits on various committees including; Beatfreeks Youth Steering Committee, BPS Aspires Committee and ULI Midlands Young Leaders Committee. In 2018, he completed the UpRising leadership program. He is a long-standing volunteer for Abid Welfare, a registered charity in England & Wales, which operates in Azad Kashmir (Pakistan).

Ian MacLeod

Assistant Director Planning

Birmingham City Council

Ian MacLeod has worked for Birmingham City Council for over 15 years. He led the preparation of the Birmingham Development Plan which sets the strategic planning policy for the City over the next 15 years and will deliver over 51,000 new homes, over 700,000 sq m of office development and over 300 hectares of industrial land. This included leading work on the Green Belt review and associated evidence base which has resulted in the allocations of 6,000 homes at the Langley Sustainable Urban Extension and 71 hectares at the Peddimore employment site.

He led the procurement process for the Peddimore scheme which led to the appointment of IM Properties for the first phase of the development which has delivered a successful outcome for the City both of terms of the Capital receipt and social value outcomes. He also leads work on a number of key regeneration schemes including the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and the wider regeneration of Perry Barr, the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston which has to date delivered over 1200 jobs and £50million of private sector investment and emerging the Masterplans for the NEC and the life science campus in Selly Oak.

Ben Denton

Managing Director

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Ben Denton is Managing Director of L&G Affordable Homes. L&G Affordable Homes’ set up in 2018 with an ambitious business plan to develop 3,000 affordable homes pa by 2022 alongside building a best in class customer services experience. L&G are investing patient, long-term capital in order to grow the capacity of the affordable housing sector and in so doing, deliver societally important outcomes. L&G Affordable Homes sits alongside L&G’s other housing businesses including BTR, Modular, Cala and Inspired Villages Group. Prior to L&G, Ben held a number of positions in the public and private sectors, delivering residential led development and regeneration.

Louise Wyman

Design Lead



Superintendent Sean Russell

Mental Health Commission Director



Bek Seeley

Chief Operating Officer, UK Development



Gavin Windbanks

Deputy Director

Department for International Trade

Prior to joining the Department for International Trade, Gavin worked in the financial services sector for more than 15 years, with 11 years at Macquarie Group including in his final role as the Chief of Staff to the CEO EMEA. Gavin is currently director for Capital Investment at he Department for International Trade.

Ashley Kensington

Managing Director

St Joseph

Ashley was appointed Managing Director of St Joseph in May 2019. St Joseph is Berkeley Group’s newest division and with an aim of developing residentially led mixed use developments in the West Midlands. Ashley joined the Berkeley Group in 2000 and has held various posts in St James, Berkeley Commercial and St William. Ashley’s previous roles with the Group have been focused on property acquisition and securing planning permission on sites acquired in London and the Southeast.

Kevin McCloud

TV Presenter and HAB Founder & Brand Ambassador

HAB Housing

Kevin McCloud a property journalist, designer and television presenter.
In 2007 Kevin founded HAB which stands for ‘Happiness Architecture and Beauty’ with the purpose to challenge the way identikit volume housing was built in the UK.
The houses and places built by HAB are to respect the local context, biodiversity, landscape and the community. Kevin’s mission for HAB is to make homes that lift the spirits, that are a pleasure to live in, and are a joy to behold.
In 2014 Kevin was appointed an MBE in the new year honours for services to sustainable design and energy saving property refurbishment.

Mark Farmer

Founding Director & CEO

Cast Consultancy

Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors and has become a recognised commentator and thought leader on a variety of issues. He has been at the forefront of emerging UK residential market segments such as Build to Rent and Later Living. He is also playing a leading role in the progressive modernisation of the construction industry. Mark is a member of the RICS, Vice Chairman of the ULI UK Residential Council, a member of the BPF Build to Rent sub-committee and co-chairman of Constructing Excellence. Mark authored the October 2016 UK Government Review of the Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’.

Dr Julie Nugent

Director of Productivity & Skills

West Midlands Combined Authority

Dr Julie Nugent has extensive experience in the productivity and skills sector having held a range of senior roles across government and the further education sector. She has particular expertise in financing further education and has led on developing new funding systems for the Skills Funding Agency and the Learning and Skills Council. Julie has worked in the Black Country and in Birmingham which has provided her with a keen understanding of the importance of skills in improving economic competitiveness and people’s life chances.
Most recently Julie led on the West Midlands negotiations with Government securing the first Skills Deal in the country with additional investment of £100 million to develop the regions skills.

Gareth Bradford

Director of Housing & Regeneration

West Midlands Combined Authority

Gareth is Director of Housing and Regeneration for the West Midlands Combined Authority where he oversees over £600m+ of devolved housing and land funds across an area covering 19 local councils and 3 local enterprise partnerships. He leads the development and implementation of the region’s ambitious housing and regeneration strategy including its goal of delivering over 215,000 new homes by 2031 and for the region to lead nationally in design quality, advanced methods of construction, brownfield remediation and town centre regeneration. He runs a directorate responsible for policy and delivery on town centre regeneration, brownfield development, employment land, land assembly and remediation, affordable housing, one public estate, design, housing supply and securing unprecedented new investment from the public and private sector into real estate.

From 2010 to 2017, Gareth worked in a variety of roles in Central Government. For nearly 3 years he was a policy adviser to the Prime Minister at No10 Downing Street during the Coalition and Conservative-led governments. During his time in Government, Gareth led a cross-Whitehall division responsible for securing regeneration and housing on the back of major infrastructure (eg HS2) and led work on town centres and coastal communities. In 2012 he led the Government’s flagship neighbourhood planning policy through Parliament as part of the Localism Act.

Carl Potter

Regional Senior Director

Avison Young


Robin Dobson

Director, Retail Development


Having trained as a Civil Engineer and then Chartered Surveyor, Robin leads the development team and is responsible for bringing forward future regeneration schemes together with retail/asset extensions. Completed projects include The Oracle, Reading; Bullring, Birmingham; Highcross, Leicester; Cabot Circus, Bristol; Union Square, Aberdeen; Victoria Gate, Leeds and Watermark, Southampton.

He also worked with Hammerson France to deliver Terrasses du Port, a €450m retail led redevelopment of the Marseille docks which opened in 2014.

Robin also has responsibility for bringing forward pipeline Joint Venture development projects in Croydon and Brent Cross in London.

Robin sits on the CR Board and Investment Committee at Hammerson and is a member of the BPF and FRICS.

Nicola Hewitt

Commercial Director

West Midlands Growth Company

Nicola leads the West Midlands Growth Company’s inward investment programme, as well the commercial division of the organisation, overseeing the services in place for supporting investors that are locating or expanding in the region. Nicola manages highly targeted campaigns that focus on the West Midlands’ sectors of strength and key overseas markets. Nicola was previously Director of Marketing and Communications consultancy View from the Hill, following on from international marketing roles at Hoople, Brintons and Codemasters.

Deborah Cadman OBE

Chief Executive

West Midlands Combined Authority

Deborah became Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority in September 2017, following a long and distinguished career in public service.

After gaining a degree in politics, she began her career in 1984 with the London Borough of Newham, before moving to Birmingham City Council where she worked on major regeneration projects and gained a master’s degree in economics. Moving to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in 1996 as Head of Policy, Deborah gained a second master’s in management, before taking up a two-year secondment with the Department of Environment Transport and the Regions as Local Government Advisor to the Ministerial Team. In 2003, after being appointed the Audit Commission’s Best Value Service Lead Inspector for the London region, she became Chief Executive at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, before becoming Chief Executive of the East of England Development Agency. Deborah was Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council from 2011 to 2017 and has also been interim Chief Executive of Waveney District Council, Babergh District Council and Mid-Suffolk District Council.

She is a trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Trust and Joseph Rowntree Housing Foundation and as a dedicated and passionate female advocate at the forefront of the public sector, Deborah recently won the First Women Award for Public Service. Deborah is listed in Local Government Chronicle’s ‘100 Most Influential in the Sector’. Deborah was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to local government.

Faraz Baber


Terence O'Rourke

Faraz recently joined the specialist planning and design consultancy Terence O’Rourke as a Director. He was previously an Executive Director for Policy at London First. There he led on all activity relating to property, planning and development policy and was directly responsible for managing the real estate accounts and related commercial activity. Prior to joining London First in 2011, Faraz was Policy Director at London Councils where he managed a large multi-disciplinary team focused on housing, planning, transport, environment, culture and London 2012 implementation. His previous experience also includes senior management policy and public affairs roles at Surrey County Council, British Property Federation (BPF) and the Royal Institution of Chartered surveyors (RICS). A highly experienced and multi-skilled professional with extensive knowledge within the property sector, Faraz has successfully delivered on a number of high profile policy led campaigns. He is a Bartlett School graduate, with dual qualifications: chartered surveyor (FRICS) and chartered town planner (MRTPI). He is a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government Planning Sounding Board which provides industry advice to Government. Faraz is a Board member of the RICS P&D Professional Group and also serves on the RICS Planning Policy Panel.

Tim Johnson

Managing Director

City of Wolverhampton Council

Tim is Managing Director of the City of Wolverhampton Council having been appointed to the role in July 2018. Prior to this, he was the council’s Deputy Managing Director and Strategic Director of Place.

In the five years he has worked at the City of Wolverhampton Council, Tim has played a major part in the transformation of the city and the council. This was nationally recognised in June 2017 when the City of Wolverhampton Council won a record four awards at the prestigious MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2017 including Local Authority of the Year, Most Improved Council and Senior Leadership Team of the Year.

Tim has over 20 years’ experience in local government working for Liverpool City Council, London Borough of Hillingdon, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council before joining the City of Wolverhampton Council in May 2013.

Prof. Jackie Dunne

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Access & Lifelong Learning)

University of Wolverhampton

Jackie is Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Regional Engagement) at the University of Wolverhampton, having previously worked at Leicester and Coventry University. At national level, Jackie has been active in the field of lifelong learning and part-time higher education and was Honorary Secretary of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL). She has been involved in a number of national initiatives in part–time higher education and lifelong learning. She was a Board member of the Universities Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) between 2008 and 2010. Her research interests include higher education and lifelong learning policy and practice, distance and online learning, and has written and published in these areas. She is Chair of the Universities UK Latin America Network and a Trustee of the Children’s University. Jackie is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has held a number of regional roles in the East Midlands and been active in the local economic development and skills arena. Currently, Chair of the Black Country LEP Employment and Skills Board, Advisory member of the Black Country LEP Board and involved West Midlands Combined Authority groups.

Andy Street CBE


West Midlands

Andy Street was elected as the first Mayor of the West Midlands on May 4 2017. The primary function of the role is to chair the West Midlands Combined Authority and brings with it significant powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs.

Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career with John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government.

He was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region. Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named the ‘Most Admired Leader’ of the year by business magazine, Management Today in 2014. He received the ‘President’s award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in for his work in the region.

Neil Rami

Chief Executive

West Midlands Growth Company

Neil oversees the West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC), formerly Marketing Birmingham, which was established in April 2017 to create new jobs, expand existing businesses and attract new investment and visitors to the region, aligned to the ambitions set out in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Strategic Economic Plan.

Under Neil’s leadership of Marketing Birmingham, the city secured the highest number of foreign direct investment projects on record, attracting significant new investments from companies such as HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Jaguar Land Rover and ASOS. The city’s visitor economy has also grown significantly in recent years, with Birmingham enjoying the largest growth in international visitors of any UK city outside London and the tourism sector now contributing £6.5 billion to the local economy, a 22% increase (£1.16bn) since 2013.

Previously, Neil held similar roles in Liverpool and Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a member of the British Tourism Industry Group; Chair of the Midlands Trade and Investment Group and is a former Governor and Board Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Neil is also a Board member of Creative England

Dr Colin Clinton

Consultant Investment Advisor

West Midlands Growth Company


Sarah Middleton

Chief Executive

Black Country Consortium Ltd

Sarah is the Chief Executive of Black Country Consortium Limited (BCC) since its incorporation in 2006. Sarah joined the Consortium Partnership in October 1999 and has been central in developing the Black Country Sub-Regional partnership and its 30 year vision including the Economic Strategy and Spatial Strategy, establishing joint approaches on Planning, Investment, Economic Intelligence and the Black Country Education and Skills Strategy. She has also supported the West Midlands Combined Authority on the development of the Combined Authority Strategic Economic Plan. Sarah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive for East Mercia Chamber of Commerce (including responsibilities as General Manager for Business Link Walsall) and Chief Executive of Walsall City Challenge.

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 12 years and was responsible for the launch of 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, WPA and UK-GBC.

Waheed Nazir

Corporate Director for Economy

Birmingham City Council

As Corporate Director Economy, Birmingham City Council, Waheed has worked for the authority in various roles for 20 years.

Waheed provides strategic leadership and direction across a wide portfolio, including the Council’s property portfolio, planning, regeneration, housing development, transportation and connectivity, highways and infrastructure, skills and employment, business development and inward investment.

Waheed led the major transformation of the city centre through the Big City Plan, bringing forward key projects including Birmingham Smithfield, Snowhill, Paradise and New Street redevelopment. He oversees £2.5bn public sector investment through the Enterprise Zone and HS2 Curzon masterplan.

Alongside leading Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, one of the city’s largest housebuilders, Waheed led the Council to set up a series of commercial vehicles including InReach, the Council’s vehicle for building new homes across the city, and the development of an investment vehicle for commercial property to help deliver growth.

Waheed is a non-executive Director of Birmingham Airport Holdings Limited.

Waheed is a columnist for Estates Gazette, and a visiting Professor at Birmingham City University, he mentors a number of graduates demonstrating commitment to support the development of future professionals in the field.

Waheed was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Aston University in July 2017.

Martin Reeves

Chief Executive

Coventry City Council

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.

David Jennings


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.