City Focus - Investing in Coventry & Warwickshire
June 24th 2021
Coventry City Council
Martin has been Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009. He was the Chief Executive and the Head of Paid Service of the West Midlands Combined Authority from March 2016 to September 2017. 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 in the heart of London. 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 is a Governor on the Board at Coventry University; is the first Honorary President of LARIA (Local Authorities Research and Intelligence Association) and on the board of the Centre for Cities. He was the President of SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) in 2013. He is 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 chairs the national cross system board for sustainable health & social care. He is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board. In 2018 Martin was once again included in the top 50 of the Local Government Chronicle’s list of most influential people in local government.
The Emerald Group
Sarah is the Co-Founder of the Emerald Group, an IT consultancy in Warwickshire supporting businesses and organisations to harness technology for innovation and productivity. She is a Board Director for the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) leading on the development of local creative clusters with national and regional stakeholders and she chairs CWLEP’s industry body for the digital creative sector. She is a member of the West Midlands Combined Authority Innovation and Strategic Economic Development Boards supporting digital transformation and securing investment in connectivity including fibre and 5G.
Passionate about future digital talent, Sarah is on the Industry Advisory Board at Warwickshire College and works with Ukie, the national trade body for interactive entertainment, on their Digital Schoolhouse Primary School programme. She is also an Enterprise Advisor at Campion School.
In 2018, Sarah became an industry partner with the Institute of Coding at Coventry University supporting the creation of new professional development for the creative sector. She is also working with Warwickshire County Council on future digital skills needs for the transport & logistics sector.
Managing director Neil Edginton has been instrumental in changing the landscape of Birmingham having been involved in major regeneration projects such as The Cube, The Mailbox and Fort Dunlop.
Neil spearheads the EDG Group of Companies with an impressive portfolio of development projects while providing development, construction and asset management services to leading banks and some of the UK’s largest funds.
Rainier Developments Ltd
Richard has been working with Eric Grove both directly and previously as a consultant for 10 years.
Richard has a wealth of experience from small brownfield development sites to large sustainable urban extensions both in commercial and residential property.
His experience and skills are across the life-cycle of the development process from land acquisition and planning through to construction and disposal.
A member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Richard enjoys spending time with his young family and tries to keep fit, family and work permitting.
Warwickshire County Council
‘Building Back-to-Business’ - City Focus: Investing in Coventry ‘Making It Happen’
The INVESTING IN COVENTRY & WARWICKSHIRE webinar will delve into the biggest challenges and major opportunities in Coventry and Warwickshire. Many businesses have prospered a lot better than expected during the pandemic, thanks to strong leadership and government assistance. However we will also discuss the many challenges the sector has faced.
We have assembled a first class panel of Private and Public sector leaders on what is happening in the region; the big opportunities for investment; over-coming the pandemic and building-back-to-business, with a big focus on driving investment, zero carbon development and regeneration, placemaking and creating destinations across the region. There will be a key focus on how to further drive investment and development into the region to continue its genuinely exciting economic prospects.
There are lots of very exciting topics to be discussed but also the opportunity to ask the panellist key questions, it will be a fascinating session.