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

Professor Majid AlSadi
President; Chairman & CEO, Eastern Holding
Chris Smith
Managing Director and Founder
Amardeep Gill
Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Sarah Perry
Former managing partner of a large regional law firm and Deputy Under Sheriff of the West Midlands
Leon Emirali
Communications adviser, entrepreneur and investor
Dan Barlow
Founder and Group CEO, Kagool
Beverley Nielsen
County Councillor and Associate Professor
Allan Andrews
Senior Advisor to the Mayor of the West Midlands
Darren Jones
Chair, Environment, Transport and Infrastructure Leadership Board and Environment and Sustainability Director, Sonihull
Dr Halima Sacranie
Chair, Housing and Communities Leadership Board
Professor Ardavan Amini
Chair, Digital Leadership Board and Complex Adaptive Systems lead
Katie McPhilimey
Founding Director of Pure Marketing Consultancy
Joe Elliott MBE
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
Professor Bob Stone
Lead on eXtended Realities; Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham
Professor Steven Furnell
Lead on Cyber Security, University of Nottingham
Professor Mohammad Patwary
Lead on Future Networks, Digital Infrastructure & Inclusivity; Director of Digital Innovation & Solution Centre (DISC), University of Wolverhampton
Tim Fisher
Lead on Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence; Global Head of Enterprise Architecture, Kagool
Haydn Povey
Lead on Internet of Things; Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) IAR Systems

Housing and Communities Leadership Board

Dr Halima Sacranie
Chair, Housing and Communities Leadership Board
Kate Algate
CEO, Coventry Citizens Advice
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