fbe Birmingham - Are the Developments in Birmingham Working?

Birmingham Branch

11th September 2019
7:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham


Member: £16

Non-member: £32

Event Details:

fbe Birmingham would like you to join them for their breakfast event on the 11th September.

Guest Speaker: Richard Cowell, Assistant Director of Development, Birmingham City Council

Richard will provide an update on the projects that are re-shaping Birmingham, including the Commonwealth Games and look at whether Birmingham is ready for a post-Brexit Britain.

As a Built Environment professional Richard has over 15 years’ experience in urban planning, regeneration, property and economic development.
Working at the largest local authority in the UK Richard has, since 2010, held key positions leading the formulation and subsequent delivery of the City’s ambitious growth agenda including one of the UK’s most significant city transformation projects, Birmingham’s Big City Plan.

Richard’s senior leadership, strategic decision making and technical expertise have underpinned accelerated development and investment activity across Birmingham.

As a senior Director, Richard leads multidisciplinary teams of 75 professional staff and manages an annual capital budget of £50 million and £5 million revenue.

His day to day responsibilities include acting as the deputy Chief Planning Officer overseeing the development planning process; developing and implementing financial models to support infrastructure investment in the City such as the Enterprise Zone and in maximising growth associated with HS2; supporting SMEs to grow and accelerate with financial instruments such as grant and loan finance and setting the framework for design and conservation across the City.

His work includes leading complex development projects, including the £1.5bn Birmingham Smithfield redevelopment scheme; and working with the private sector and other public agencies to create effective partnerships and enduring collaborative working relationships.

He is active in advancing knowledge and understanding of urban planning, regeneration and infrastructure delivery through guest lectures at Universities, regular presentations at regional, national and international events and as a mentor to a number of graduates.


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This event is kindly sponsored by

In partnership with Birmingham City University 


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