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Andy Street was elected as the first ever Mayor of the West Midlands in May 2017 and will serve a three-year term (subsequent terms will be four years). Deborah Cadman was appointed Chief Executive in September 2017 and with the Mayor will build and head the WMCA's leadership team.

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Find out how the WMCA is structured and its membership

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Local Authorities
Local Enterprise Partnerships
Observer Organisations
They deliver important public services for people who live and work in the West Midlands.
They are business-led organisations building relationships with local authorities and are non-constituent members.
They include organisations awaiting non-constituent membership and non-voting observers.
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Constituent Authorities
Non - Constituent Authorities
Have ultimate voting rights and can only be signed up to one combined authority.
Can sign up to more than one combined authority and have less voting rights.
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Black Country LEP
Coventry and Warwickshire LEP
Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP
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Herefordshire Council
The Marches LEP
West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
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Birmingham City Council
City of Wolverhampton
Coventry City Council
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Walsall Council
    Cannock Chase District Council
    North Warwickshire Borough Council
    Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
    Redditch Borough Council
    Rugby Borough Council
    Shropshire Council
    Stratford-on-Avon District Council
    Tamworth Borough Council
    Telford and Wrekin Council
    Warwickshire County Council

Leadership

Birmingham City Council
Councillor Ian Ward

Interim Leader of the Council

Councillor Ian Ward Biography
Birmingham City Council
Stella Manzie

Chief Executive

Council profile

Population: 1,073,045 (Census 2011)

Council website: www.birmingham.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @BhamCityCouncil

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/birminghamcitycouncil

Reason for being part of the WMCA:

An opportunity to shape how the West Midlands is governed in the future and provide a strong voice for the region, promoting it on a global stage

Key WMCA projects that will benefit the area:

The HS2 Growth Strategy to ensure maximum economic benefit, including the Curzon Masterplan, expansion of the Metro network east and west and an additional 100,000 new jobs

Leadership

City of Wolverhampton
Councillor Roger Lawrence

Leader + WMCA Portfolio Holder for Transport

City of Wolverhampton
Keith Ireland

Managing Director

Council profile

Population: 249,470 people (Census 2011)

Council website: www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/home

Official council Twitter account: @WolvesCouncil

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/WolverhamptonToday

Reason for being part of the WMCA:

  • A share of the £200 million land remediation fund will enable brownfield sites to be brought back into use for housing and employment - currently a major problem and obstacle to development in our city
  • Better transport links and connectivity to HS2 will boost jobs and growth in the city
  • A share of the benefits related to the £1 billion of direct government investment which unlocks £8 billion devolution funding.
  • Longer-term we'll be at the table to be part of the future opportunities that devolution will bring
  • Wolverhampton is a city that has invested in, and believes in, partnership working. Collaboration gives you greater resilience, greater freedom and greater spending power and gives the City of Wolverhampton an historic chance to benefit now and in the future.

Leadership

Coventry City Council
Councillor George Duggins

Leader + WMCA Portfolio Holder for Skills & Productivity

Coventry City Council
Martin Reeves

Chief Executive

Council profile

Population: 345, 400 (mid-year 2016 estimate from ONS)

Council Website: www.coventry.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @coventrycc 

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/coventrycc

Reason for being part of the WMCA:

  • Better transport links across the whole region
  • A regional fund to boost building on brownfield sites
  • Funding for skills and training to get people jobs in the region
  • More business support and foreign investment

Key WMCA projects that will benefit the area:

  • The City Centre South development

Leadership

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Councillor Patrick Harley

Leader + WMCA Portfolio Holder for Environment

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Sarah Norman

Chief Executive

Council profile

Population: 316,500 (Nomis, mid-year estimate)

Council Website: www.dudley.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @dudleymbc

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/DudleyBorough

Reason for being part of the WMCA:

  • Access to 30 year investment fund
  • Improving road and rail network to boost transport
  • Creating jobs and skills for the future
  • Enabling stronger and safer communities
  • Building a better environment for people to live and work
  • Access to contaminated land fund to bring contaminated sites back into use

Key WMCA projects that will benefit the area:

  • Investment into the proposed Midland Metro extension from Brierley Hill to Birmingham
  • Investment in some of our most contaminated sites via contaminated land fund

Leadership

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Councillor Steve Eling

Leader + WMCA Portfolio Holder for Cohesion & Integration, Public Service Reform

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Jan Britton

Chief Executive

Council profile

Population: 319,000

Council website: www.sandwell.gov.uk 

Official council Twitter account: @sandwellcouncil

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/sandwellcouncil

Reason for being part of the WMCA:

  • Better transport links across the region – including roads, rail and Metro, helping to reduce congestion and connect people with jobs and opportunities
  • Unlocking brownfield sites for new businesses and homes
  • Creating significant new business opportunities in the freight network for Friar Park, Wednesbury
  • Continuing to regenerate West Bromwich – building more town centre homes, attracting more businesses and supporting industry
  • Investment for new homes – including by the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick
  • Boosting skills and job opportunities
  • Supporting businesses and attracting investment
  • Sandwell businesses and residents benefiting from the region’s economic growth and opportunities from the HS2 development
  • Improving health and wellbeing and transforming contaminated and non-useful land to new green spaces

Key WMCA projects that will benefit the area:

  • Extending the Metro through Sandwell from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill

Leadership

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Councillor Bob Sleigh OBE

Leader + Deputy Mayor of the West Midlands, WMCA Portfolio Lead for Wellbeing Board, HS2

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Nick Page

Chief Executive

Council profile

Population: 210,445  (2015)

Council website: www.solihull.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @SolihullCouncil

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/solihullcouncil   

Reason for being part of the WMCA:

  • The added value being a part of the WMCA brings, to deliver more economic growth than Solihull could achieve on its own at a faster rate.
  • Direct investment in Solihull of £636 million over 30 years plus further benefits from the overall £8 billion investment package. It will see Junction 6 (M42) improvements, HS2 Interchange funding, alongside other transport investment joining investment into skills, infrastructure and businesses.
  • Significant opportunities to create new jobs and homes within the borough whilst also ensuring the West Midlands region to performs more effectively
  • A combined authority provides the extra investment that will create economic growth for the borough, accelerating our plans for managed growth and bringing real benefits to the local economy.

Key WMCA projects that will benefit the area:

  • Arrival of HS2
  • UK Central

Leadership

Walsall Council
Councillor Sean Coughlan

Leader + WMCA Portfolio Lead for Housing & Land

Walsall Council
Paul Sheehan

Chief Executive

Council profile

Council website: www.walsall.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @WalsallCouncil

 

Leadership

Cannock Chase District Council
Councillor George Adamson

Leader

Cannock Chase District Council
Tony McGovern

Managing Director

Council profile

Council Website: www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @CannockChaseDC

Leadership

North Warwickshire Borough Council
Councillor David Humphreys

Leader

North Warwickshire Borough Council
Jerry Hutchinson

Chief Executive

Council profile

Population: 62,000

Council Website: www.northwarks.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @North_Warks_BC

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/northwarksbc

Reason for being part of the WMCA: We are part of a connected economy that covers most of the WMCA. Opportunities to enhance the West Midlands economy will directly benefit our residents and those who work in our area.

Key WMCA projects that will benefit the area: Major infrastructure improvements, such as to the A5 and the A446, are required that are currently risks to economic growth. Connectivity to HS2 and promotion of other rail services are also key.

Leadership

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
Councillor Dennis Harvey

Leader

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
Alan Franks

Managing Director

Council profile

Council Website: www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/site/

Official council Twitter account: @NBBCouncil 

Leadership

Redditch Borough Council
Councillor Bill Hartnett

Leader

Redditch Borough Council
Kevin Dicks

Chief Executive

Council profile

Population: 84,700 (ONS projection)

Council Website: www.redditchbc.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @RedditchMatters 

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/RedditchBC

Leadership

Rugby Borough Council
Councillor Michael Stokes

Leader

Rugby Borough Council
Adam Norburn

Executive Director

Council profile

Population: 101,600

Council Website: https://www.rugby.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @rugbybc

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/RugbyBoroughCouncil

Reason for being part of the WMCA: Being part of the WMCA gives Rugby Borough Council influence over greater powers and funding to promote economic growth and development.

Key WMCA projects that will benefit the area: The combined authority’s priorities around economic growth, skills, transport and housing will support the borough council’s objectives to facilitate physical and economic growth, while protecting the essential characteristics that make our borough our home.

Leadership

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Councillor Chris Saint

Leader

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Dave Webb

Executive Director and Head of Paid Service

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
David Buckland

Executive Director and S151 Officer

Council profile

Population: 121,522 (mid 2015 population estimate)

Council Website: www.stratford.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @StratfordDC

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/StratfordDC

Reason for being part of the WMCA: Being part of the WMCA supports the objectives contained in the council’s Corporate Strategy, such as ‘a flourishing local economy’ and ‘responsible community leadership’

Key WMCA projects that will benefit the area: Improved transport infrastructure (road and rail), culture, creative and tourism, fiscal devolution, mental health and skills.

Leadership

Shropshire Council
Councillor Peter Nutting

Leader

Shropshire Council
Clive Wright

Chief Executive

Council profile

Council Website: www.shropshire.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @ShropCouncil

Leadership

Tamworth Borough Council
Councillor Danny Cook

Leader

Tamworth Borough Council
Anthony E. Goodwin

Chief Executive

Council profile

Population: 77,100 (2014)

Council Website: www.tamworth.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: Twitter:@TamworthCouncil

Reason for being part of the WMCA: The decision to join the Combined Authority as a Non-Constituent Member was in essence, quite simple. As a founding member of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, the Borough Council had already established that its economic future and long term growth aspirations were aligned to the Birmingham conurbation and it’s positioning in terms of regional, national and global market access.

As a supporter and beneficiary of functioning economic geography, Tamworth was quick to recognise and accept its role as one of the links in the economic belt encircling the Greater Birmingham economy… that of a ‘Dormitory Town’.  The Council’s ambition was to be the most accessible ‘dormitory town’ with the best offer possible for its commuters.

The same principles apply to the WMCA only over a much greater scale.  The opportunities are greater too; this is not just about “growth”, the WMCA - even for NCMs - provides opportunities for improvement, both in terms of “People” and “Place” and as with the GBSLEP, the Council’s vision and ambitions can only be achieved if they are “In it to win it”!!!!

Leadership

Telford and Wrekin Council
Councillor Shaun Davies

Leader

Telford and Wrekin Council
Richard Partington

Managing Director

Council profile

Population: 170, 000

Council Website: www.telford.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @telfordwrekin

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/telfordwrekin  

Reason for being part of the WMCA: Associate member – support economic growth and help attract business to the borough

 

Leadership

Warwickshire County Council
Councillor Izzi Seccombe

Leader + WMCA Portfolio Lead for Finance & Investment

Warwickshire County Council
Monica Fogarty

Joint Managing Director

Warwickshire County Council
David Carter

Joint Managing Director

Council profile

Council Website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @wcc_news 

Leadership

Black Country LEP
Stewart Towe CBE

Chair

Black Country LEP
Sarah Middleton

Chief Executive

Black Country LEP

Website: www.blackcountrylep.co.uk

Official Twitter account: @blackcountrylep

Leadership

Coventry and Warwickshire LEP
Jonathan Browning

Chair

Coventry and Warwickshire LEP
Paula Deas

Operations Director

Coventry and Warwickshire LEP

Website: www.cwlep.com

Official Twitter account: @CW_LEP

Leadership

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP
Steve Hollis

Chair

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP
Katie Trout

Director

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP

Website: www.centreofenterprise.com

Official Twitter account: @GBSLEP

Leadership

Herefordshire Council
Councillor Tony Johnson

Leader

Herefordshire Council
Alistair Neill

Chief Executive

Herefordshire Council

Council website: www.herefordshire.gov.uk

Official council Twitter account: @HfdsCouncil

Official council Facebook account: www.facebook.com/hfdscouncil

Leadership

The Marches LEP
Graham Wynn OBE

Chair

The Marches LEP
Gill Hamer

Director

The Marches LEP

Website: www.marcheslep.org.uk

Official Twitter account: @marcheslep

 

Leadership

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
David Jamieson

Police and Crime Commissioner

Website: www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk

Official Twitter account: @WestMidsPCC

Leadership

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority
Councillor John Edwards

Chair

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority
Phil Loach

Chief Fire Officer

Fire and Rescue Authority

Website: www.wmfs.net

Official Twitter account: @westmidsfire

Reason for being part of the WMCA: Observer status, lead on public service reform