We are delighted to introduce the people who are helping us to shape and build a ‘better’ Midlands.

All of our Advisory and Board members bring with them a vast range of experience and expertise to support and enhance our work.  All members have a strong connection to the Midlands’ region and a strong desire to see the region develop and prosper.

Advisory Board

Katie McPhilimey
Board Member; Director, Three Blondes and a Brunette
Professor Majid AlSadi
President; Chairman & CEO, Eastern Holding
Chris Smith
Managing Director and Founder
Professor Malcolm Kirkup
Board Member
Damian Gannon
Board Member
Joe Elliott MBE
Board Member; Director, Culture Coventry and Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust

Digital Leadership Board

Professor Ardavan Amini
Chair, Digital Leadership Board and Complex Adaptive Systems lead
Alison Grade
Lead on Creative Digital; Serial entrepreneur and career freelancer; Director of Mission Accomplished
Alison Hurst
Lead on Cyber Security; Director of West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre (West Midlands Police)
Professor Sultan Mahmud
Lead on Innovation; Director of Healthcare, BT
Haydn Povey
Lead on Internet of Things; CEO & Founder, SecureThingz
Professor Bob Stone
Lead on eXtended Realities; Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham

Housing and Communities Leadership Board

Dr Halima Sacranie
Chair, Housing and Communities Leadership Board
Dominic Bradley
Group CEO & Company Secretary, Spring Housing
Alan Fraser
Independent Housing consultant and former CEO, YMCA Heart of England
Dr Steven McCabe
Associate Professor, Birmingham City University
Afzal Hussain
Chief Officer at Witton Lodge Community Association
Vanessa Pritchard-Wilkes
Head of Strategic Engagement, Housing 21
Sam Scharf
Director of Housing and Customer Services at Central and Cecil Housing Trust
Paul Woods
Planning Director at Woods Hardwick

Environment, Transport and Infrastructure Leadership Board

Darren Jones
Chair, Environment, Transport and Infrastructure Leadership Board and Environment and Sustainability Director, Sonihull