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The West Midlands LEPs – 2013

Wednesday, 4th September 2013 @ 1530hrs - 1900hrs

Council House, Birmingham, Victoria Square, B1 1BB

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Event Format

  • 1400 – 1500; Sponsors Lunch (Invite ONLY)
  • 1530 – 1600; Pre-Event Educational Presentation (PEEPshow)
  • 1600 – 1645; Networking with Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1645 – 1815; Speaker Presentations
  • 1815 – 1900; Networking with Hot Food, Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1900 – Late; After Event Drinks

Event Chair

Margaret Allen – Executive Director Midlands; Homes & Communities Agencymargaret_allen

Margaret Allen joined the HCA from the Housing Corporation where she was the Field Director – Central, responsible for delivery of the Corporation’s Investment and Regulation objectives across East Midlands, East of England and the West Midlands.

Margaret has experience of housing in both the public and private sectors. As a chartered accountant she worked at Leicester City Council and then moved to the position of Head of Finance with a Midlands-based Housing Association.

In her work at the Housing Corporation she undertook senior roles in both regulation and investment. She sees community development at the heart of her role and has sat on the Board of both market renewal and growth delivery boards. Margaret has taken an active interest in design, where this means liveability and creating places to be proud of.


Andy Street – Chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihul LEPandystreet

Andy has spent all his working life in the John Lewis Partnership, joining on graduating from Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1985. After a series of roles across the company, he was appointed as the first Managing Director of John Lewis Bluewater in 1998. Responsibility for the supply chain and then personnel at Board level followed before Andy was appointed Managing Director of the John Lewis Division In February 2007.

Andy is a Trustee of Performances Birmingham, responsible for running the City’s Symphony and Town Halls. He chairs the newly formed Speaker’s Advisory Council in Public Engagement; is a member of the London First Board and is part of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

Peter Pawsey CBE – Chairman of the Worcestershire LEPWLEP-Peter-Pawsey-3-150x150

As a chartered engineer, Peter has enjoyed a wide and varied career across the construction and property sectors and including periods in local government, multi disciplinary design consultants and contractors, at home and overseas.  His 40 years of board experience includes not only businesses from SMEs to FTSE 250, but also governmental and quasi governmental appointments, including as NED to the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and as Executive Chair of Advantage West Midland’s Rural Regeneration Zone. In addition to being Executive Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, he is also Chairman of Robert West Consulting Engineers and a NED in Midland Heart, one of UK’s largest registered social landlords.  He is a Freeman of the City of London.

Stewart Towe CBE – Chairman of the Black Country LEPbusinessdesk__1296572458_Stewart_Towe

Stewart trained as an Accountant with the Birmingham firm of Farmiloe & Co.  In 1976 he moved to Hadley Industries on completion of final exams as Group Accountant. He was appointed to the Main Board in 1978 taking responsibility for the commercial and financial development of the Group and then completed the buy-out of the business from the Hadley family in April 2006.

Hadley have grown from £1 million annual turnover in the mid 1970’s to over £100 million annual turnover in 2012.  Growth has been primarily by product development, not acquisition.  Hadley now have manufacturing plants in the Middle East, Far East and Europe and licensees throughout the world.

His Professional Experience includes:

  • Awarded C.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, June 2008, for services to Industry in the West Midlands
  • Appointed as Business in the Community’s Regional Ambassador for the West Midlands by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales in June 2007
  • High Sheriff of the West Midlands 2012
  • Appointed Deputy Lieutenant, West Midlands 2013
  • Chair – Business in the Community, West Midlands Region (October 2009 onwards)
  • Chair – Black Country L.E.P. (December 2010 onwards)
  • Chair of Governors – Bromsgrove School, The Ace Academy & Sixth Form Centre, Tipton
  • Governor – Wolverhampton University, Aston University and Sandwell Academy
  • Patron – The Prince’s Trust

Peter Davenport – Economic Partnership Manager, Stoke & Staffordshire LEP

Peter is the Economic Partnership Manager for the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire LEP.  He works closely with colleagues in the business community and local authorities to ensure that the partnerships aspirations to crate jobs and increase the size of the economy are realised.  Peter is a Chartered Civil Engineer by background and prior to his present role has worked in strategic planning, transport planning, and the management of major investment programmes over many years.  He was involved in the promotion and development of a number of major infrastructure schemes including the M6 Toll, the A5 Bypass in Tamworth, and Stone Bypass.

Pre-Event Educational Presentation (PEEPshow)

Paul Fox

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“Successful management of time has little to do with managing time. Time is a fixed commodity and therefore, unmanageable. Activity and attention are finite resources that can be influenced and successfully controlled by the manager… if only they knew how. This is where enhanced productivity and freedom from the tyranny of the 24 hour workplace resides.”

 In 30 minutes I’ll show you how to deploy your attention more  appropriately to your pay grade – resulting in a more contented work day.




The West Midlands LEPs – 2013 | Details



Wednesday, 4th September 2013
1530hrs - 1900hrs


Council House, Birmingham
Victoria Square, B1 1BB + Google Map


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