Leader, Birmingham City Council
Birmingham City Council Leader, Councillor Ian Ward, has been a Councillor since 1995. He served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Group from 2005-2017 and was Deputy Leader of the Council from 2012 until 2017 when he was elected Leader.
In this time he has had political responsibility for many areas including budgets and finance, land and property, arts, culture and development.
Keen to promote Birmingham’s sporting profile, he spearheaded the successful 2022 Commonwealth Games bid, having already helped bring a number of high profile international sporting events to the city.
Ian has participated in many partnerships and boards during his varied political career ranging from Birmingham Royal Ballet and West Midlands Arts Council to the West Midland Combined Authority and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.
He is currently Chair of the Eurocities Culture Forum, taking a keen interest in promoting and strengthening Birmingham’s European and international ties.