Celebrating Birmingham’s Diversity

Birmingham is a city which is greatly enriched by the diversity which fuels much of its success. As a hugely multicultural city which sees people of varying nationalities and ethnic and cultural backgrounds live, work, and play here every day, we believe that those who lead our region and drive it towards future growth and success should reflect those who make it so special.

With this in mind, we wanted to celebrate some special minority leaders who act as an inspiration to all of us!

Deborah Cadman OBE

Born and bred in Birmingham, Deborah has more than 30 years’ experience in public services and is currently one of the most senior leaders in the West Midlands as the Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council.  She attended the University of Birmingham where she earned a degree in politics as well as a master’s degree in economics and a further master’s degree in management practice.  Deborah has also served as the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Joel Blake OBE

Joel is a multi award winning businessman and speaker who has had great success in the tech industry.  His core expertise is helping organisations develop inclusive business support models, strategies and ecosystems. He is also the Founder and CEO of www.gfaexchange.com, an award-winning B2B fintech start-up that predicts who your best and least growing customers will be, and why. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Business Support and Enterprise in 2016.

Yetunde Dania

Yetunde is a hugely successful lawyer who currently serves as Head of Office and Partner at international law firm Trowers & Hamlins, where she advises on the social housing sector. She also serves as chair of the regional Race Equalities Taskforce which was set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to create equal opportunities for communities across the region. It focuses on improving equality of opportunity for all by concentrating on race and how different ethnic groups have different experiences and challenges. 

Pam Sheemar

Pam is Board Director at Birmingham Tech and is the Entrepreneur Development Manager for NatWest’s Entrepreneur Accelerator. She helps small tech businesses within the West Midlands by leading a team to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with their everyday banking needs and as they achieve their long-term business goals related to enterprise and climate.

Mac Alonge

Mac is currently the CEO of The Equal Group which has a mission to provide businesses with the resources and help they need to fully realise the benefits of adopting Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. After noticing numerous barriers to equality and diversity throughout his career, Mac became an integral part of introducing the energy and utility sector’s first cross industry diversity and inclusion measurement framework. He has presented at several high-profile conferences and events and works extensively with CEOs and Executive Leadership Teams on understanding equality, diversity and inclusion.