Mayor names Mid­lands su­per­coun­cil chief exec

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WEST Mid­lands mayor Andy Street has ap­pointed the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Suf­folk County Coun­cil to the £180,000-a-year job run­ning the new com­bined author­ity.

Deb­o­rah Cad­man, who was born and grew up in Birm­ing­ham, will be­come the first per­ma­nent chief ex­ec­u­tive of the West Mid­lands Com­bined Author­ity (WMCA).

She ar­rives in Septem­ber and will re­place in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Reeves who will re­turn to his post at Coven­try City Coun­cil.

Mr Street said: “Af­ter a ro­bust re­cruit­ment process, I am thrilled that Deb­o­rah has agreed to join the WMCA as our chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“I was keen that we con­sid­ered only the very best can­di­dates for this im­por­tant post and Deb­o­rah was the strong­est can­di­date in an ex­cel­lent field.

“She will bring a great en­ergy to the role as well as a nat­u­ral en­thu­si­asm for the re­gion.

“She also has a strong track record in de­vel­op­ing and main­tain­ing re­la­tion­ships with a range of part­ners and stake­hold­ers.

“This will be es­sen­tial as we keep mo­men­tum go­ing with cen­tral govern­ment to bring fur­ther pow­ers and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties from West­min­ster to the West Mid­lands.”

Ms Cad­man, who stud­ied at the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham, has held a num­ber of se­nior posts in her ca­reer, in­clud­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of the East of Eng­land De­vel­op­ment Agency and chief ex­ecu- tive at St Ed­munds­bury Bor­ough Coun­cil in Suf­folk. She has a de­gree in pol­i­tics as well as a mas­ter’s de­gree in eco­nom­ics and was awarded an OBE for ser­vices to lo­cal govern­ment in 2006.

She said: “I am de­lighted to have been of­fered the post of chief ex­ec­u­tive at the WMCA.

“This is such a fab­u­lous mo­ment in time for the West Mid­lands and is an ir­re­sistible op­por­tu­nity to work along­side our newly elected mayor and bring greater pros­per­ity to a re­gion I know so well.”

The ap­point­ment comes a week af­ter Mr Street con­firmed de­tails of port­fo­lio po­si­tions for the eight re­gional coun­cil lead­ers who make up his cabi­net. They are: Well­be­ing board and HS2 – Cllr Bob Sleigh (Soli­hull)

Trans­port – Cllr Roger Lawrence (Wolver­hamp­ton)

Skills and pro­duc­tiv­ity – Cllr Ge­orge Dug­gins (Coven­try)

Eco­nomic growth – Cllr John Clancy (Birm­ing­ham)

En­vi­ron­ment – Cllr Pat Har­ley (Dud­ley)

Co­he­sion and in­te­gra­tion and public ser­vice re­form – Cllr Steve Eling (Sandwell)

Hous­ing and land – Cllr Sean Cough­lan (Wal­sall)

An eighth port­fo­lio, fi­nance and In­vest­ments, will go to Cllr Izzi Sec­combe, leader of War­wick­shire County Coun­cil which is a non-con­stituent mem­ber of the com­bined author­ity.

> Deb­o­rah Cad­man will run West Mid­lands Com­bined Author­ity

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