Speaker Profile


Job TitleLeader of Birmingham City Council


Birmingham City Council Leader, Councillor Ian Ward, has been a Councillor since 1995. He served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Group from 2005-2017 and was Deputy Leader of the Council from 2012 until 2017 when he was elected Leader.

In this time he has had political responsibility for many areas including budgets and finance, land and property, arts and culture and development.

Keen to promote Birmingham’s sporting profile, he spearheaded the successful 2022 Commonwealth Games bid, having already helped bring a number of high profile international sporting events to the city.

Ian has participated in many partnerships and boards during his varied political career ranging from Birmingham Royal Ballet and West Midlands Arts Council to the West Midland Combined Authority and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

He is currently Chair of the Eurocities Culture Forum, taking a keen interest in promoting and strengthening Birmingham's European and international ties.

Conference Sessions

  • Brexit: Getting return on UK investment

    26 Nov 2019, 11:30 - 12:15, GRAND BALLROOM

    Chinese investment in the UK is increasing against the backdrop of an overall fall in global outbound investment from China. The panel explores outbound investm...

    • Language: English
      1. Event Theme
        Geo focus
      2. Type of Event
        Panel discussion

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