FIS is delighted to announce the Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority is attending our Regional Conference in Birmingham on 19 October as a keynote speaker.

Andrew Street CBE is a British businessman and Conservative Party politician who was the managing director of John Lewis from 2007 to 2016, when he resigned to run for Mayor of the West Midlands. He won the May 2017 mayoral election and was re-elected in 2021.

Starting on the John Lewis graduate scheme, Andy rose through the ranks to become managing director, overseeing one of the most successful periods in the company’s history.

He was also chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region.

Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named ‘Most Admired Leader’ by business magazine, Management Today in 2014 and received the ‘President’s award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce for his work in the region. He holds three honorary degrees from Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham.

FIS CEO Iain McIlwee commented:

“It is great to get the Mayor along to talk to our community about prospects and pipeline in the region and also a great opportunity to help him to see our sector and the amazing work that is done across the region.  Andy will be joined by other experts speakers helping us to look at pipeline, compliance and how the sector is changing.  This is one of a number of Regional Events taking place across the UK, starting with our AGM on 6th October”

You can book your place at the FIS Regional Event in Birmingham here.

The FIS AGM is taking place on 6 October and is featuring contributions from Peter Rogers CBE, co-founder of Stanhope, founder-Chairman of the UK Green Building Council and developer of complex projects such as Broadgate and 22 Bishopsgate.

Programmes for Manchester (9 November) and Scotland (1 December) are to be announced in the coming weeks.