Webinar: Levelling Up in the West Midlands - A cross-sector perspective

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As the UK starts to tackle the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that now, more than ever, the government needs to deliver on its ‘levelling up ambition’. The government has committed to spread opportunity equally across the country by focusing on improving living standards, investing in our essential public services and increasing access to opportunities so people can thrive no matter where they live.

The Whitehall & Industry Group and EY are pleased to invite you to hear from a panel made up of industry experts and local government, who will share insights into what the levelling up agenda means in practice for businesses and communities in the West Midlands region.

Join us live to:

  • Learn how organisations are looking to bounce back quickly from the pandemic
  • Understand the impact of COVID-19 on younger people, and the importance of social mobility in advancing economic recovery
  • Gain insight into how the sectors are working together to address these challenges
  • Deborah Cadman OBE

    Interim Chief Executive

    Birmingham City Council

    Deborah has more than 30 years’ experience in public services. Prior to her appointment at Birmingham City Council, Deborah was Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Previous senior roles also include Head of Policy at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, and Local Government Advisor to the Ministerial Team at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions. Following roles as the Audit Commission's Best Value Service Lead Inspector for the London region and Chief Executive for St Edmundsbury Borough Council and the East of England Development Agency, Deborah was Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council from 2011 to 2017. She was born and bred in Birmingham and attended the University of Birmingham. Deborah has a degree in politics as well as a master’s degree in economics and a further master’s degree in management practice. Deborah received an OBE in 2006 for services to local government.  She was recently high commended in the Chief Executive of the Year category at the Inclusive Companies Awards 2019. 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 also a Commissioner for the Smart Government Commission and recently joined the Reform Advisory Board. Deborah is listed in Local Government Chronicle’s ‘100 Most Influential in the Sector’.

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