The senior leadership team is responsible for managing the activities of our staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions. By law, senior council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.
The Chief Executive is the senior officer who leads and takes responsibility for the work of the paid staff of the Council. The role of Chief Executive is a full time appointment. Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement. They are appointed by the whole council.
Mark Rogers, Chief Executive
Mark’s feet have probably not touched the ground since he joined Birmingham in the spring of 2014. Along with the key strategic issues you would expect Chief Executives to deal with on a daily basis, Mark is driving through huge improvement programmes for children’s safeguarding, education and how the council governs itself as a whole, as set out by the Kerslake Review and the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel (BIIP). All three of these require high levels of engagement with partners and central Government as does the forming of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), which Mark has also played an instrumental role leading on deal negotiations.
A former special school head teacher, Mark has specialised in children’s services in local government and joined Birmingham from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, where he had held the joint roles of Chief Executive and Director of Children’s Services since 2007. Mark is also the current president of the Solace Group, which represents Chief Executives and senior managers working in the public sector in the UK.
Peter Hay, Strategic Director, People Directorate
Awarded a CBE for his services to social and health care in 2012, whilst President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Peter joined the council as Director of Social Services in 2003. His role, and that of the directorate, has changed considerably in that time and Peter now leads on children’s education and social care, adult social care, housing needs, public health and commissioning.
Peter moved to Birmingham, with his family, in 2003 from North East Lincolnshire Council, where as a director he led on care and housing services. Peter continues to make a contribution at a national level as a trustee of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
Jacqui Kennedy, (Acting) Strategic Director, Place Directorate
A lifelong Villa fan, Jacqui has spent her whole career at the council, joining as an office junior in housing finance. She notably created and hosted the Illegal Money Lending project for the whole of England, alongside the regional Scambusters team, as head of regulatory services.
Jacqui is now responsible for leading an eclectic and significant mix of cradle to grave front-line services in the ‘Place’ directorate, from highways, housing, sport and refuse collection to parks, local libraries, community cohesion and youth services.
Waheed Nazir, (Acting) Strategic Director, Economy
With a wealth of experience in driving forward economic growth, Waheed has already had responsibility for a wide portfolio including, planning, regeneration, economic development, housing, skills and transport as Director of Planning & Regeneration and the Chief Planning Officer.
During his 15 years at the council, Waheed has been responsible for overseeing the Big City Plan, Birmingham Development Plan, Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan and the £1.2bn Enterprise Zone.
Angela Probert, Strategic Director - Integrated Support Services and Change, Corporate Resources
With key responsibilities for Human Resources (HR), Policy, Procurement, Information Communications Technology (ICT), Communications and Customer Services, Angela joins with a wealth of experience in transforming public and private sector organisations. Most recently as Nottingham City Council’s Strategic Director for Organisational Transformation, she led its ‘Good to Great’ corporate transformation programme, which delivered £55 million of savings in the last four years.
Angela began her local government career with Sheffield City Council and has also previously held senior roles in the private sector. Angela’s post is one of the new permanent roles arising directly from the requirement to strengthen strategic capacity, as highlighted in the Kerslake Review. She will be leading on the three critical and cross-cutting areas of culture change, the Future Council programme and implementing the new model for Integrated Support Services (ISS)
Paul Dransfield, Strategic Director – Major Programmes and Projects, Corporate Resources
As Deputy Chief Executive, Paul had a wider range of corporate, regeneration and project responsibilities. However, his newly re-worked role will focus on the development and delivery of major economic programmes for the city and, as appropriate, the wider West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) area.
Since the completion of New Street station and Grand Central shopping centre, a large element of Paul’s new role will be to oversee the regeneration around HS2 for the West Midlands over the next ten years. Paul’s other main projects will be Paradise and Smithfield, in the city centre; the life sciences campus, in Selly Oak; and the mixed-use canalside development at Icknield Port Loop, near Edgbaston Reservoir.
Paul has worked in local government finance for more than 25 years and before joining Birmingham in 2007, he had been Corporate Director of Resources at Derby City Council since 1999.
Jon Warlow, Strategic Director - Finance and Legal Services, Corporate Resources
Having joined the council in 2009 as Director of Finance, Jon has been responsible for its financial administration during a difficult period of national spending reductions, overseeing a series of budgets which have already led to more than £560m of savings since 2010. Jon’s newly combined role incorporates legal services as well as finance, with the support of the City Solicitor and Monitoring Officer roles, jointly held on an interim basis by Kate Charlton and Stuart Evans.
Jon, who has worked at a senior level in local government for 20 years and played a key role in designing the financial arrangements for the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), will also lead on the administration of our democratic processes and elections as part of his new role.
Piali DasGupta, Assistant Chief Executive
Piali has with a strong track record in partnerships, after six years at the Local Government Association (LGA), most recently co-ordinating its work on devolution, and previously developing a £135 million Homeless Partnering Strategy for the Canadian Government.
During her time at the LGA, Piali also worked on a range of major issues, including local government finance reform, adult social care funding and the City Growth Deals. This is the second new role created directly in response to the Kerslake Review’s requirement to enhance strategic capacity, and Piali’s responsibilities include providing additional capacity to the Chief Executive, to allow Mark Rogers to concentrate on key strategic issues; ensure oversight of the council’s corporate strategy, monitoring whole council and directorate performance; and leading the development of partnership working within the council and across the city.
The Leader, together with the Cabinet, takes all of the significant decisions within the council (excluding planning and licensing issues) through their Cabinet meetings or individual decision making process.