Alan Hayes, head of strategy and development for the Birmingham-based consulting division of support services company Amey, has joined the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) West Midlands Council.
Alan’s appointment builds on the work he has been doing with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which he has been involved in since 2006. He has helped the chamber to win support for its regional growth initiatives from individuals in central and local government
Mr Hayes said: “The CBI has an essential part to play in helping to create the right conditions for the business community to thrive, which is particularly important in the present economic climate and I’m really pleased to be part of the organisation.
“I see it as a continuation of the work I have been doing with the Chamber of Commerce and I welcome the opportunity to work alongside a new network of people with similar interests.”
Amey currently employs about 1,400 people across the Midlands, including 700 in Birmingham.
Amey will open a flagship International Design Hub in Birmingham later this year. The Hub, which is set to occupy two floors in Colmore Plaza in the city centre, will act as the base for the company’s consulting division, pulling together 250 staff who are already working in the city and creating up to 500 further jobs in the next two to three years.
Earlier this month Birmingham City Council announced that Amey was the preferred bidder for its £2.7bn highways maintenance private finance initiative (PFI).
The PFI contract means Amey will be responsible for maintaining approximately 1,550 miles of roads in Birmingham for the next 25 years.
The CBI is the UK’s top business lobby organisation, whose mission is to help create and sustain the conditions in which businesses can compete and prosper for the benefit of all. It works with the UK government, international legislators and policy-makers to help UK businesses compete effectively. The ultimate governing body of the CBI is its Council, comprising a broad representation of members.
The CBI consults and supports its members through 13 regional organisations, each with its own Council. CBI West Midlands’ scope of membership includes many of the top business names and a diverse range of companies of all sizes and from all sectors. Regional Councils have a pivotal role to play in both national and regional policy-making as well as representing the interests of the entire West Midlands business community to local government, the media, Advantage West Midlands and even to the UK Government and Governments of key international markets.