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New CEO for Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council have appointed a new permanent Chief Executive, following a formal recruitment process.

Deborah Cadman, who held the interim role for more than a year, has been given the job on a permanent basis and follows much more recruitment across the council.

Having worked in public services for 30 years, Cadman was made an OBE for services to local government 16 years ago and has been listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the public sector. Cadman was also instrumental in the planning projects for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and has placed emphasis on the improvement of services.

Speaking about her appointment, Cadman said:

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this role permanently. This city has always been close to my heart and to be leading the team as Birmingham looks forward to the bold opportunities ahead is personally very exciting. We will see the eyes of the world on us in the coming weeks, and it is important we not only show them how amazing this city is but also, we don’t lose focus on ensuring that those who live here benefit too. I am relishing the challenges ahead and how me and my team can make sure that the legacy from the Games really is the start of a golden decade for Birmingham.”

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, said:

““Deborah has made a huge impact in the short time she has been with us, and I’m delighted that she will be staying with us. Her knowledge, understanding and commitment to Birmingham will be invaluable for the years ahead.

“The Commonwealth Games are less than a month away and the city has a golden decade of opportunity ahead. Deborah has played a vital role in ensuring people and communities reap rewards whilst also working with partners to ensure our residents are supported during the current cost-of-living crisis. I know she is as passionate as I am about this city and its bold and bright future.”

Other appointments to the Corporate Leadership Team include Paul Kitson taking on the role of Director for Place, Prosperity and Sustainability, Richard Brooks appointed Director of Strategy, Equality and Partnerships, Rebecca Hellard as Director of Council Management and Sue Harrison taking the role of Director of Children and Families.

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