‘Three Cities Alliance’ - ‘Driving Good Growth’
September 16th 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.
Deborah Cadman OBE
Interim Chief Executive
Birmingham City Council
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.
City of Wolverhampton Council
Tim is Chief Executive 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 where his portfolio of responsibilities included city development, city housing, city transport, city environment, corporate property and commercialism.
Tim is an experienced strategic local government director, specialising in place shaping, organisational change management and community regeneration. He has a proven track record of developing and delivering complex, innovative projects and programmes and has overseen a regeneration programme which has £3.7 billion of public and private investment either on site or planned in the city.
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.
He represents City of Wolverhampton Council on a number of external forums across the region and city including the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Association of Black Country Authorities and Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and as Chair of the Board of Governors at the City of Wolverhampton College.
Helen Gordon is Chief Executive of Grainger plc the UK’s largest listed residential landlord.
Helen was appointed Chief Executive of Grainger in January 2016 from RBS where she had been Global Head of Real Estate Asset Management since October 2011. Prior to that Helen was Director of Legal and General Property, responsible for the Main Life Fund and c.8 smaller Funds, and Group Property Director of Railtrack and Managing Director of John Laing Developments.
Helen sits on the Board of Derwent London as a non-executive Director and is currently a Board Director of the European Public Real Estate Association and Vice President of the British Property Federation. Helen has held a number of non-exec positions and Government appointments including the Board of Covent Garden Market Authority, Board of British Waterways, TfL Property Board and was a Trustee for The College of Estate Management for nine years.
Group Social Impact & Investment Director
Legal & General
City Executive, Birmingham
Simon is Arcadis City Executive for Birmingham and the Midlands, with over 400 staff in the Birmingham office. With 30 years property and asset experience he helps clients make the best of their built and natural assets in relation to achieving their vision, strategy and key priorities. He has led and delivered a range of projects across the public, private and infrastructure sectors and has a deep understanding of the housing and regeneration arena. Simon is a member of the GBSLEP Board.
Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We have knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.
Arcadis is delivering some of the most exciting projects in the city. Working with the city council on the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and Alexander Stadium Redevelopment and with BMHT on their housing programme. Other projects / clients include Birmingham Children’s Hospital, University of Birmingham, West Midlands Combined Authority, Jaguar Land Rover and a portfolio of residential projects including the city’s tallest tower.
Chairperson: Simon Marks, City Executive, Birmingham, Arcadis
The ‘Building Back-to-Business’ series. City Focus: West Midlands
The Cities of Birmingham, Coventry & Wolverhampton drive the economy of the West Midlands, and inward investment, particularly in Real Estate! The recently announced alliance between the ‘Three Cities’ provides a powerful platform for growth.
We are bringing together the Chief Executives of these Cities in an exclusive event; together with leaders from the Private Sector, to explore the opportunities for collaboration and ‘good growth’!
What is happening in the West Midlands Real Estate Market right now?
Our first live in-person event of 2021 will provide an update on the West Midlands Property Market, and an insight into the Government’s agenda for building ‘Back-to-business’. Be informed and ahead of the game!
Economic Recovery & Opportunities to win work!
As the Country focuses on economic recovery, where are the opportunities across the West Midlands Property Marketplace? What sectors are performing best? What is shaping the investment agenda, and where is the money heading? Plain and simple, on the ground opportunities - to drive business and attract inward investment to the West Midlands.
People, Homes, Community, Quality of Life…
Building-back-to-business, kick-starting development and driving investment into the West Midlands is imperative; but, of course ‘good growth’ isn’t just measured with an economic parameter. Environmental sustainability, local community + social outcomes, liveability + affordability, quality of life and culture; are all critical areas to be considered and valued in the Built Environment and infrastructure of the future. How does this influence the investment agenda and the Local Authorities decision-making?
The Future… A ‘Responsible’ Built Environment…
This event brings together leaders and influencers from both the Private and Public sectors, to discuss the West Midland’s opportunities, obstacles and important issues for the Built Environment.
If you want to find out where the opportunities are to win work and do business in West Midlands; this event will explore the market, the investment prospects and the key areas that impact success and contribute to environmental and social sustainability; providing people with affordable homes, good health provision, and a space, place and community to thrive in!