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Birmingham welcomes Senior Commonwealth Leaders

Birmingham has been selected as one of five UK cities to host Commonwealth leaders participating in the prestigious CSCLeaders programme taking place in the UK next week. CSCLeaders assembles exceptional senior leaders from across the Commonwealth to tackle challenges that businesses, governments and society face today and build the global relationships needed by the leaders of tomorrow.

Members of the group in Birmingham include the Director at Intergold Diamonds Pvt Ltd, the Chief Executive of Leadership New Zealand, Chairman of the Board, Fairtrade Africa and the International Government Relations Manager for Anglo American.

Over three days the group will meet more 20 of our region’s leaders from all sectors including:  Tim Jones, Executive Director of Delivery, University Hospital Birmingham; Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Aston University; Philip Singleton, Chief Executive of Millennium Point; Sandra Hall, Artist & Director, Friction Arts; Catherine Holland, Chief Executive, Staffordshire West Midlands Probation Trust and Phil Loach, Chief Fire Officer of West Midlands Fire Service; as they investigate the Challenge: “How do you get societal – as well as economic – value out of technological innovation?”

Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Aston University said: “We are delighted to welcome international business and governmental leaders to Aston University and the region. As an institution we strive to conduct research that has real, applicable uses in the world of business and finance. We are committed to helping to produce the next generation of global leaders and have developed excellent links to businesses in the West Midlands and throughout the UK. We are proud, and find it fitting, to participate in the CSCLeaders programme.”

On the programme, the visits will feature some of our city’s key organisations including University Hospital, the Library of Birmingham, Millennium Point and Thinktank and Aston University.  In addition the group will also explore different communities in the city, with local civic and community leaders, including Lozells and Perry Common, and visit schools and not-for-profit organisations.  At Jaguar Land Rover the group will see world-class manufacturing and explore how best practice from the Midlands can contribute to innovative and practical solutions with a global impact.  Before they say goodbye to Birmingham there will be a visit to the Birmingham Balti Triangle. The study tour will then visit Vodafone headquarters in Newbury en route back to Oxford, where the whole group will reconvene to share their insights.

 Louise Teboul, Operations Director for Common Purpose in the Midlands said:

“Birmingham is the home of the industrial revolution and has a great history of innovation – it’s also a very young and culturally diverse city, which fits really well with the focus of this programme.  We are delighted to be bringing together civic, business, public and not-for-profit leaders from the city to showcase not only our challenges, but also share expertise and know-how with senior leaders from across the Commonwealth.  We hope to develop future networks for international dialogue and cooperation. Engaging with such a diverse group, through CSCLeaders, will also bring Birmingham some fresh perspectives on leadership and, I’m sure, also highlight opportunities and new networks for our city.”

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