Deborah Cadman OBE
Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority
Working with the Elected Mayor, Andy Street, Deborah leads the West Midlands’ devolution of funding and power from Westminster to support economic growth.
Appointed in 2017, she is the first permanent chief executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The Authority works closely with seven metropolitan councils (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton), plus a number of other local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships to move powers from Whitehall to the West Midlands and its locally elected politicians.
“I am driven to lead and to empower people.” Deborah says. “It is fundamental that we engage the individual skills of those around us to achieve our common goal of building a healthier, happier, better-connected and more prosperous West Midlands. “
Deborah brings energy and expertise gained from a long and distinguished career in local government. In 2006 she was made an OBE for her services to local government.
Deborah uses her role at the WMCA to challenge the lack of diversity and representation in leadership roles. She considers this critical to delivering growth that everyone benefits from. “Put inclusive growth at the heart of everything your organisation does,” she advises. “A vibrant economy is one from which everybody benefits”.
The adage, ‘be the change you want to see in the world’, continues to inspire and motivate Deborah: “Embrace opportunities to do the right things for the right reasons,” she says, “and make a positive contribution to society.”