Policy Board

Policy Spokesperson on Leadership and Learning

Deborah Cadman OBE

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Policy Spokesperson on Leadership and Learning

Deborah Cadman OBE
Chief Executive
West Midlands Combined Authority


The Policy Spokesperson on Leadership and Learning provides a lead on this policy area for the Society. They also lead the relevant Policy Network


Deborah Cadman is Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Before that Deborah was Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council from 2011 to 2017.

She started her career in 1984 with the London Borough of Newham after gaining her first degree in Politics. Deborah moved to Birmingham City Council in 1987 where she worked with voluntary organisations and on major regeneration projects in the City. During this period she gained a Masters degree in Economics.

In 1996 she moved to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council as Head of Policy and gained a second Masters Degree in Management. In 1998 she took up a two year secondment with the Department of Environment Transport and the Regions as Local Government Advisor to the Ministerial Team, with specific responsibility for the East of England.

She was appointed the Audit Commission's Best Value Service Lead Inspector for the London region in 2000 and led on several national corporate governance inspections.

In 2003 she took up the post of Chief Executive at St Edmundsbury Borough Council and was interim Chief Executive of Waveney District Council between January and March 2008. She was Chief Executive of the East of England Development Agency between July 2008 and December 2011.

Deborah was awarded an OBE in 2006 for her services to Local Government.