Our high profile panel of experts will explore various perspectives on responsible leadership: what it is, why it matters and how they predict it will develop and evolve in years to come.
Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority
Deborah became Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority in September 2017, following a long and distinguished career in public service.
After gaining a degree in politics, she began her career in 1984 with the London Borough of Newham, before moving to Birmingham City Council where she worked on major regeneration projects and gained a master’s degree in economics.
Moving to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in 1996 as Head of Policy, Deborah gained a second master’s in management, before taking up a two-year secondment with the Department of Environment Transport and the Regions as Local Government Advisor to the Ministerial Team.
In 2003, after being appointed the Audit Commission's Best Value Service Lead Inspector for the London region, she became Chief Executive at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, before becoming Chief Executive of the East of England Development Agency.
Deborah was Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council from 2011 to 2017 and has also been interim Chief Executive of Waveney District Council, Babergh District Council and Mid-Suffolk District Council.
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 listed in Local Government Chronicle’s ‘100 Most Influential in the Sector’
Deborah was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to local government.
Paul Anderson, Head of Office, Deutsche Bank
Paul has spent 20 years in the banking industry, working for Deutsche Bank, primarily in London having started as a graduate trainee in 1995. The majority of his career was spent in the financial derivatives markets, taking in Commodities (including weather derivatives), foreign exchange and credit derivatives, before moving to the Transaction Bank in 2011 to build and run a capital management function. In January 2015 he moved to be the overall head of Deutsche Bank’s 1,500 person Birmingham office which encompasses a trading floor, asset management, technology and support services. He is the executive sponsor of dbEnable, the bank’s internal group focussed on creating an inclusive and supportive workplace for all. Paul lives in rural Staffordshire with his wife; together they own a gallery specialising in contemporary photography, and run a small nature reserve in the Trent valley.
Jean Templeton, Chief Executive Officer, St Basils
Jean has been Chief Executive of St Basils in Birmingham since 2000 and prior to that has over 20 years’ experience of managing housing and neighbourhood services in a number of Local Authorities in the North East and Midlands. St Basils is a registered Housing Association and Charity providing a range of accommodation and support for young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk in Birmingham and West Midlands. Jean is currently Third Sector Assembly Champion for Housing in Birmingham and is a member of Birmingham’s Housing Partnership Board and Birmingham Social Housing Partnership Executive.
She is Chair of the West Midlands’ Mayor’s Homelessness Taskforce and is a member of the Government’s Advisory Panel on Rough Sleeping and Homelessness. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of Birmingham in 2006.
Professor Ian Thomson, Director, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business
Professor Ian Thomson; Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business at Birmingham Business School.
Ian has been researching responsible business, sustainability, and accountability since 1990. This research has included cleaner technology, industrial ecologies, stakeholder engagement, risk governance in water and salmon farming, sustainable development indicators, government policy making, climate change, accounting and activism, human rights abuse and international development. His current projects include citizen accounting, social media, football club financing and responsible business benchmarking.
He has advised various Scottish Parliament’s committees, worked with Sustainable Development Commission (Scotland), The Princes Charity, Business in the Community and UN World Food Programme. He is convener of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research, a network of over 200 international scholars. Prior to joining University of Birmingham he was Professor of Accounting at Heriot-Watt University, Strathclyde Business School, and an accountant in NHS Scotland and BBC Scotland. He is treasurer of the Scottish Council on Deafness and chair of C-Change, an award-winning charity dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals with learning difficulties.
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This event is aimed at leaders and individuals from across all sectors.
This event is part of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Growth Through People campaign. This week focuses on Growth Through Responsible Leadership. Our Campaign partner for Growth Through Responsible Leadership Week is the West Midlands Combined Authority.
About our partner:
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is the biggest Combined Authority in the country, still growing and currently covering around four million people.
It was formally established in June 2016 with a remit to gain devolved powers from Westminster to the West Midlands to benefit the region, its residents and businesses.
Andy Street was elected as the region’s first Mayor in May last year.
Through collaborative working, across a range of sectors, the WMCA aims to deliver more jobs, enhanced and targeted skills training, increased housing and better connectivity, bringing inclusive growth to all of the region’s communities.