Creating Homes; Building Communities - West Midlands
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Corporate Director, 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.
Glenn Harris MBE
Glenn has been Chief Executive of Midland Heart since March 2018 and was previously Finance Director.
Glenn joined Midland Heart following a career spanning seven years at East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA), where he spent five years as Executive Director of Corporate Services, followed by two years as Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief Executive at NHS Logistics, supplying over £1bn of consumable goods to all NHS Trusts across England
Glenn received an MBE for services to business in 2012.
Divisional Managing Director
Keith joined the house building industry in 1985 as an undergraduate trainee for Wimpey Homes. Having qualified from Nottingham Trent with a degree in residential development, his career progressed as a land buyer with Beazer, Barratt and Wimpey operating in the south east of England before moving into general management. He took a 12 month career break in 2002 to compete as a Watch Leader aboard Glasgow Clipper in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Keith re-joined Taylor Wimpey in 2005 as an MD managing business units initially in East Anglia, moving to South Wales and then Bristol. From 2015, he took on the role of Divisional Managing Director for Wales & West and from summer 2018 the same role managing the Midlands.
The Midlands division of Taylor Wimpey operates three regional business units and delivers approximately 2,000 homes per annum across 40 outlets. This includes 500 affordable homes and provides an annual planning gain contribution of £50 million+ through S106/CIL.
Chief Operating Officer
WM Housing Group
Kate Still is Chief Operating Officer of WM Housing Group, one of the largest social housing providers in the Midlands. Kate was previously National Director of Housing for the 80,000 unit, social housing portfolio at Sanctuary Group. Between 2009-2013 she was a member of the Homes and Communities Agency Equality Board Advisory Panel. Before joining the sector, she worked in economic development and was the National Advisor to all 9 English Regional Development Agencies on Social Enterprise and Enterprise in deprived areas. Kate has also worked internationally as Director of Cultural Shift South East - a social business development partnership between UNDP Poland, Misericordia Italy and Oxford’s Said Business School. She has spoken nationally and internationally on a diverse range of issues related to housing and economic development. She is an Alumni of the London School of Economics and an Economic and Social Research Council scholar.
Head of Land - Midlands
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