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 2012-2017.

He has had political responsibility for many areas including budgets and finance, land and property and the development portfolio. Keen to promote Birmingham’s both nationally and internationally, he spearheaded the successful 2022 Commonwealth Games bid, having already helped bring a number of high profile international sporting events to the city.

A former Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, he has also served on many cultural partnership bodies and numerous Arts boards, including Birmingham Royal Ballet.