Coordinating large scale orchestra and choir productions, and small scale intimate concerts as part of his daily routine, Simon gives me an insight about how he leads the Town Hall teams, how the operation runs, and how the venue itself plays a key influencing role in the city’s culture.
As the Chief Executive of University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Julie and her team have just undertaken a huge move of patients, professional medical staff and facilities to the brand new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in Selly Oak.
Drawing from her front line experience in nursing, Julie has adopted a “bottom up” approach to consulting with patients and staff, to ensure that effective leadership and management is successfully delivered, helping the relocation take place successfully, winning the support of all involved, and the press of course, at the same time as maintaining high standards of care at what is now a huge medical facility for the region.
I spent a few minutes with Julie to find out how her management styles have taken shape over the years, and how she applies them on a day to day basis.
The Vice Chancellor of Aston University and I could have talked for hours. Julia’s vast past industry experience includes the cutting edge in aero and automotive engineering- there’s even a titanium award made from one of the fans from a Rolls Royce engine in Julia’s office!
However, Julia’s past is well documented elsewhere. What I wanted to find out was more about the work happening at the university, and how that is likely to affect the West Midlands engineering industry.
Andrew’s family history is full of political references, people and appointments.
It is obvious from our discussion that he is very passionate about his local constituency and issues affecting them, but what about nationally and internationally? How does he see his work affecting the West Midlands overall? Are there any examples of good practice that have influenced what he does?
I spent a few minutes with Andrew in his Sutton Coldfield constituency office to try to find out.
One of Birmingham’s most successful entrepreneurs, Paul has steered Bond Wolfe via an astute and carefully planned long-term growth strategy, to deliver profitable returns on their property portfolio.
I took the opportunity to meet with Paul at his offices in Birmingham city centre, where he spoke to me about the importance of clear, strong and decisive leadership qualities, and the importance this plays in developing and delivering successful business models.
Held in a huge high-ceiling room at Birmingham Council House on the day that Birmingham City Council presented their City of Culture bid to the judging team in Liverpool, I managed to steal a few minutes of Martin’s time.
Martin told me about his past history, some of the successes he and BCC have achieved, and gave a small insight into some of the possible plans for elements of Birmingham’s cultural future.
A very pleasurable and insightful conversation with David, where I gained his thoughts on the economy, strategies, potential plans and his views on current government financial policy and plans.
David features regularly in specialised media features, focusing on financial strategy – it is the academic research and work completed by David and his colleagues that provide both background information and a broad range of thinking for the decision makers in our region, who will hopefully lead the region, and perhaps the country out of recession.
The East End Foods plc Company Secretary and Director oversees the Cash & Carry section of the £100 million company.
With a background in law, and now also delivering some of the marketing and PR for the company, operating from the Highgate area of Birmingham, Jason takes 5 minutes to grab a coffee with me at The Mailbox.
I was interested to find out what drives him personally, and how he transfers some of these traits into his professional role.