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Birmingham Post Power 250 2017: The West Midlands' most influential people

The Power 250 is back for 2017 and features some of the city's and region's most influential and powerful people across a diverse range of fields

The Birmingham Post Power 250 is back.

The feature again looks at the most powerful and influential people in the West Midlands from fields as diverse as health and science through to politics, business and the arts.

We also turn the spotlight on some of those campaigners and activists who do not seek out the limelight but continue to do sterling work in the community all the same.

We published our inaugural Power 250 in spring last year but a lot has changed since then.

Related: What are the criteria and how the sectors fared

The West Midlands now has its first directly elected mayor in Andy Street and Birmingham City Council is under new leadership in the shape of Coun Ian Ward - both of whom feature in the list.

Rob Groves of Argent and Andrew Sutherland of Miller Developments, the two men respectively leading landscape-changing developments Paradise and Arena Central, also feature.

While those at the heart of Birmingham's cultural offering - Hippodrome chief Fiona Allan, Town Hall and Symphony Hall boss Nick Reed and conservatoire principal Julian Lloyd Webber among others - also appear.

In a change to our 2016 Power 250 print supplement (which you can read about here), the entrants have been listed alphabetically rather than by sector but for our online coverage we have retained the sector breakdown so just click on the live links below to see who has been included.

You can also pick up a copy of the printed supplement which is out today, inserted in your regular edition of the Birmingham Post.

This year's Power 250 is published in association with Qatar Airways and Birmingham Airport.


Arts & Culture


Campaigners and Activists



Creative and Digital



Food and drink


Hospitality & Leisure






Public Sector




Trade Unions


Utilities and Telecoms

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