Speaker Profile


Job TitleMayor of the West Midlands

Company NameWest Midlands Combined Authority


Andy Street – Mayor of the West Midlands

 Andy Street was elected as the first Governor of the Province of the West Midlands on May 2017. The primary function of the role is to chair the West Midlands Combined Authority, the regional government, and brings with it significant powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs and a regional economy of £102 billion.

The West Midlands is one of the most populous part of the UK, home to the UKs second city of Birmingham, and has the highest regional economic growth rate in the UK .

Before becoming Mayor, Andy was the CEO of John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with annual revenues of over £3 billion and oversaw one of the most successful periods in the company’s history.

He was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016 and  a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

 Outside of work, Andy is passionate about the arts across the West Midlands, having previously served as Vice Chairman of Performances Birmingham Limited, which is responsible for running the City’s Symphony and Town Halls. He holds three honorary degrees, from Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham.

Conference Sessions

  • Keynote: The West Midlands -- the UK’s Growth Capital

    26 Nov 2019, 11:00 - 11:30, GRAND BALLROOM

    The session will be a chance to hear from the Mayor of the UK’s fastest growing regional economy about large-scale investment opportunities driven by unprece...

    • Language: English
      1. Event Theme
        Geo focus
      2. Type of Event
        Keynote address

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