Councillor Roger Lawrence, Leader, City of Wolverhampton Council
Roger was first elected in 1983, he represents the St. Peter’s ward and is the Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council.
A recent Chair of the West Midlands Joint Committee he was a leading player in the formation of the West Midlands Combined Authority, where he is Cabinet member for Transport and vice-chair of West Midlands Rail Limited.
He has an MA in Community Studies from Keele, and an Msc in Policy Studies from Bristol. He has a D Soc Sci from the University of Bristol for a study of Cross Border Collaboration in Central and Eastern Europe: “Collaborative Advantage: a study of regional cross-border collaboration at the edge of the enlarged European Union”.
Roger cites local democracy, urban regeneration, regional development, organisational and structural change and social inclusion as his main political interests. He has published on European Structural Funds, the Voluntary Sector, and Citizenship.
On a Regional level, Roger has been Chair of the West Midlands Regional Forum (1996-8) and of the West Midlands Local Government Association (2003-4) and (2014-2017), and was appointed to the Board of the Regional Development Agency (AWM) from 2003-9. He has also been a member of the Regional Programme Monitoring Committee for European Structural Funds and of the Black Country Consortium. He is a member of the Black Country LEP.
He is the current Chair of the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership Board and current member of the LGA’s Asylum, Refugee and Migration Task Group (which he has previously chaired). He is a board member of ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy.
Stronger ports and airports are key to increasing the competitiveness of the UK on an international arena. Following on from the previous debate this session will explore the ways in which the UK International Gateways should be connected and how these connections can be delivered to give the UK economy a major competitive international hub […]