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Lord Mayor of Birmingham - Councillor Carl Rice
Councillor Carl Rice was born in 1956 in a Council House in Madresfield – a small village close to Malvern in Worcestershire. He is the only son of Bill and Agnes and has three older sisters – Jennifer, Pauline and Sarah. The family moved to Kidderminster in 1962 when Carl was 5 years old – to a house built by his bricklayer father.
Carl left school aged 16 in 1972 and followed his sisters in attending Kidderminster College where he gained two A levels – both in Government & Politics. He started work with British Rail at Kidderminster Station in 1974 before moving to the Birmingham Divisional office in 1975.
In 1978 Carl went to night school at Matthew Boulton College to gain an additional A level in History and left British Rail in 1979 to attend Coventry Polytechnic. It was at this time that he moved to Birmingham to live in York Road, Edgbaston.
After graduating with a degree in Modern Studies (politics & history) he spent a year volunteering before doing a postgraduate degree at Warwick University. He graduated with an MA in Industrial Relations in 1984 and spent a few months running the newly opened photography galley at the Triangle Arts Centre at Aston University. It was during his time at Warwick University that he married Deed Curry whom he had met in 1978. Carl & Deed have two children – Joseph & Julia.
He began work with the West Midlands Low Pay Unit in 1985 becoming its Director in 1988. Carl quickly established himself as a regular contributor to the local media as a spokesperson on employment and poverty related issues. He joined Walsall Citizens Advice Bureau in 1996 as Chief Executive and will complete 20 years’ service when his term of office as Lord Mayor begins.
Carl had always been interested in politics and recalls going along with his parents at a very young age to Anti-Vietnam war and CND rallies. His father, who was a lifelong Communist, left Carl with a healthy scepticism for mainstream political parties but in 1981 Carl took the plunge and joined the Labour Party, which at the time was languishing third in the opinion polls.
Carl was elected as Councillor for Ladywood Ward in May 1987 and has represented what he regards as the heart of Birmingham since then. Carl has held many roles in his 29 years as a Councillor – most notably Chair of Leisure Services, Ladywood District Committee, Thinktank and the main Overview & Scrutiny Committee.
During his year as Lord Mayor, Councillor Rice hopes to highlight the work of the voluntary sector in Birmingham and wants to celebrate the role of women in making Birmingham a great City. Carl is excited about launching the new look Lord Mayor’s Charity which seeks to create a source of funding for local voluntary agencies and community groups.
Leisure - Carl is a passionate hill walker and at the time of his appointment has climbed 211 of the 282 Munro’s (mountains over 3,000 feet in height) in Scotland. He walks on average 1,000 miles each year throughout all parts of the United Kingdom. He has recently ventured farther afield – walking in the Dolomites and the French Alps.
Term of Office
Each Lord Mayor completes a one year term of office and then another year as Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham. The new Lord Mayor is installed at the Annual General Meeting of the Council (also known as Mayormaking).
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