Never has the phrase “the great and the good” seemed more apt than when considering the board of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.
It’s no exaggeration to say some of the top business leaders in the country, never mind the West Midlands, will make up the private half of the board.
Senior figures from the likes of KPMG, Kraft and JLR will rub shoulders with top brass from National Express and Roger Bullivant.
And although the partnership is not really a lobbying organisation, the board and its chairman Andy Street will be impossible to ignore if they ever choose to send a message to politicians.
But there is one glaring omission, and that’s the absence of any women.
It’s a tricky one, because while there will undoubtedly be female entrepreneurs who would be up for the challenge, they might very well hope to receive a place on the board on merit rather than on gender.
But can it really be true that not one of the eight top candidates for a place on the board was a woman, not to mention the leaders of the seven local councils involved?
If so, perhaps it means that half our potential top managers, entrepreneurs and political leaders still face barriers in the West Midlands that prevent them reaching their full potential.