Birmingham was selected as one of five UK cities to host Commonwealth leaders as part of an international training course.
Common Purpose’s CSCLeaders brought together people from across the Commonwealth to tackle challenges that businesses, governments and society are facing.
Members of the group in Birmingham included the Director at Intergold Diamonds Pvt Ltd, the Chief Executive of Leadership New Zealand, Chairman of the Board, Fairtrade Africa and the International Government Relations Manager for Anglo American.
Over three days the group met more than 20 of the region’s key people from all sectors including Tim Jones, Executive Director of Delivery, University Hospital Birmingham; Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Aston University; Philip Singleton, Chief Executive of Millennium Point; Sandra Hall, Artist & Director, Friction Arts; Catherine Holland, Chief Executive, Staffordshire West Midlands Probation Trust and Phil Loach, Chief Fire Officer of West Midlands Fire Service; as they investigated the Challenge: ‘How do you get societal - as well as economic - value out of technological innovation?’
The visits featured some of the city’s key organisations including University Hospital, the Library of Birmingham, Millennium Point and Thinktank and Aston University.
Louise Teboul, Operations Director for Common Purpose in the Midlands said: “Birmingham is the home of the industrial revolution and has a great history of innovation – it’s also a very young and culturally diverse city, which fits really well with the focus of this programme.
“We are delighted to be bringing together civic, business, public and not-for-profit leaders from the city to showcase not only our challenges, but also share expertise and know-how with senior leaders from across the Commonwealth. ”
The group’s findings from Birmingham will be incorporated into project proposals that will be tested in Singapore, Toronto, Delhi and Lagos over the coming months.