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Birmingham City Council appoints Paul Langford as Strategic Director for City Housing

Published: Thursday, 5th October 2023

Birmingham City Council have announced Paul Langford as the permanent Strategic Director for City Housing.

Strategic Director for City Housing, Paul Langford

Paul has been the interim Strategic Director for City Housing since December 2022.

Before Joining Birmingham City Council, Paul enjoyed ten years with the London Borough of Southwark throughout the challenging periods post-Grenfell and the recent pandemic. Both saw Southwark take a leading role in coordinating and leading a London-wide response.

Paul began his career in the private sector, where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and worked in the manufacturing industry within the Birmingham area. He later moved into the local authority sector, working his way up the ranks into more strategic and resident services areas of responsibility.

Commenting on his appointment as Strategic Director for City Housing, Paul Langford said: 

"I am delighted to take up the position permanently and looking forward to the challenges ahead.

"It's been good to see the progress that Birmingham City Council's housing directorate has made in the short time I have been here.

"Our residents deserve the very best standards from us, and so I am looking forward to building upon the progress that has been made.

"There remains a lot of significant work to be done, but we are moving things in the right direction."

Councillor Jayne Francis, cabinet member for housing and homelessness, added: 

"Over the last six months, we have put in a new senior leadership team within the City Housing Directorate.

"Paul's appointment is the last of these, and I know we have the right person to take the directorate forward in the months and years to come.

"He brings over 20 years of experience in Chief Officer and Strategic Director roles covering housing, regeneration, planning, community safety and a broad range of front-line resident services.

"Since December last year, Paul has helped to make significant progress on our priorities to provide more affordable housing and reduce homelessness. 

"I look forward to working with him to continue this work."

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