Birmingham’s new Assistant Leaders named
Four Assistant Leaders have now been appointedto oversee the next phase of devolution in Birmingham.
- Cllr Marje Bridle has been Labour member for the Shard End Ward since May 1986.
She is currently a member of the Corporate Resources and Governance Overview & Scrutiny Committee and Miscellaneous Appeals Sub Committee.
- Cllr Tony Kennedy has been Labour member for the Sparkbrook Ward since May 2011.
He is currently a member of the Licensing and Public Protection Committee.
- Cllr Narinder Kaur Kooner has been Labour member for the Handsworth Wood Ward since May 2006.
She is currently a member of the Planning Committee.
- Cllr Ansar Ali Khan has been Labour member for the Washwood Heath Ward since May 2002.
He is currently a member of the Corporate Resources and Governance Overview & Scrutiny Committee.
This provides an opportunity to develop a genuinely radical agenda for change.
Our ambition is to put Birmingham at the vanguard of reform and new ideas on local governance and community leadership, building on the tremendous diversity and vibrancy of our civil society and its social enterprises, community and voluntary organisations and restoring the reputation for good governance that once
characterised the city.
It is a vision based on the idea of dispersed leadership in which everyone in the city can aspire to make a difference. It is a vision based on a new sense of pride and purpose and the unique character of Birmingham’s public life expressed through innovation, invention and true leadership. It is a vision based on devolution from
central government with new powers to act along with our West Midlands partners but also the empowerment of local communities and individuals in the city.
The Future Council programme and the 2020 Vision discussion paper which went to full council in November, as well as the direction set by the Leader of the Council provide a new context for these changes.
The Cabinet is working on more complete Vision that sets out the administration’s priorities for change in the city and how the City Council will contribute to those in partnership with others. It will also focus on the future role of the council and the key areas where the council itself must change.
This will steer the work of the Cabinet Committee in the area of local devolution and leadership.