Mohammad Nazir, chair of the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum, is keen that candidates from minority communities consider putting their names forward.
“This is a region with a large and growing minority ethnic community and I am keen that the diversity of the West Midlands is reflected at the top of Advantage West Midlands,” said Mohammad Nazir.
“Recruitment will be on the basis of suitability and merit but we know that it is considered desirable that the ethnic diversity of the region is reflected at the top table.”
Two of the four vacancies in the West Midlands are business posts, one of which must be someone from a rural part of the region. One of the vacancies is in the field of further or higher education and the other one is for a local authority councillor.
As a group, Board members are there to:
• contribute to the development of the West Midlands Economic Strategy and the Corporate Plan
• ensure Advantage West Midlands delivers its part of the strategy through the Corporate Plan
• ensure that its partners deliver on their part
• have collective responsibly for making decisions, supporting the Agency in delivering and standing by those decisions
And as individuals to:
• have a strategic overview as well as focus on specific areas
• represent Advantage West Midlands on key groups and associated Boards
• act as advocates for Advantage West Midlands and for the region
• attend Board meetings and other meetings
• abide by the seven principles of public life.
The vacancies will be advertised in The Sunday Times on Sunday June 7 and will also appear on the Public Appointments Unit website, the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) website and on the Advantage West Midlands website.