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Dr Mirza Ahmad LLD (Hon), LLM, MBA, Barrister
Unique Selling Point : A nationally recognised expert on corporate & ethical governance, with a strong track record of strategic & transformational leadership in local government.
¨ Barrister in private practice (from 01/11/2011) St Philips Chambers, Birmingham
¨ Managing Director (from 05/08/2011) MA (Law & Governance) Ltd
¨ Associate Consultant (from 09/2011) SOLACE Enterprises
¨ Corporate Director of Governance
(1st January 2007 – 31st July 2011) Birmingham City Council
¨ Chief Legal Officer (Monitoring Officer since October 2001)
(Director post since 19th June 2000) ____ " ____
¨ Assistant Director of Central Services (Legal) Bolton MBC
March 1993 – June 2000 (Chief Officer / Head of Service)
¨ Principal Solicitor: March 1989 - March 1993 ____ " ____
¨ Senior Solicitor: July 1988 - March 1989 Ipswich Borough Council
¨ Assistant Solicitor: June 1985 - July 1988 ____ " ____
¨ Voluntary worker: Jan. 1985 - May 1985 North Manchester Law Centre
¨ President, Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors, 2009/2010
¨ Chairman, Bar Association for Local Government & the Public Service, since 1998
¨ Member of the General Council of the Bar for England & Wales, since 1995 (save for 1998)
¨ Member of the Council for Birmingham Law Society, 2000 - 2011
¨ Member, Audit Commission’s National Fraud Initiative Data Matching Strategy Board, 2009 -11
¨ “The Lawyer Hot 100” for 2009 – from The Lawyer Magazine
¨ Public Sector Lawyer of the Year 2009 - from the Society of Asian Lawyers
¨ Public Sector Excellence Award 2007 - from Muslim Power 100
¨ “Lawyer of the Month” April 2006 – from Black Lawyers Directory
¨ “Top 5 Lawyers in Local Government” 2005 - from Local Government Chronicle
¨ ISO 9001 Quality Assurance & LEXCEL Practice Management Accreditations (since 1997), plus MJ’s Legal Achievement Award 2008, Midlands Excellence Awards (‘Highly Commended’ in 2009 and, in 2006, Investor in Excellence, Corporate Social Responsibility and Most Improved Organisation Awards) and LGC’s Legal Team of the Year 2005.
¨ LLD - Doctor of Laws (Honorary), 2008 Manchester Metropolitan University
¨ LLM - Masters Degree in Employment University of Leicester
& Industrial Relations Law, 1998 1996-98 [pt-time]
¨ MBA - Masters Degree in Manchester Metropolitan University Business Administration, 1992 1990-92 [pt-time]
¨ Barrister - Bar Vocational Course, 1984 Inns of Court School of Law, 1983-84
¨ Combined Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) University of Keele, 1980-83
Degree in Law and Politics, 1983
¨ 8 x 'O' Levels & 3 x 'A' Levels Balderstone High School, Rochdale, 1975-80
¨ European Foundation for Quality Management’s Excellence Model - Trained Assessor, since 1998
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ü Mirza is nationally recognised as a strategic leader, with highly persuasive communication and influencing skills and abilities. As an accomplished presenter, he has inspired many individuals at national and international conferences on issues relating to, for example, Good Governance (which includes ethical & corporate governance), Human Rights, Procurement, Compulsory Competitive Tendering, Best Value, Freedom of Information and Business Excellence.
ü As a creative leader, he adopts a strategic approach to delivering continuous improvements to public services through the application of innovative and best practice business approaches, IT enhancements and externally accredited quality awards/systems - such as, ISO 9001 Quality Assurance, Investor in People and Investor in Excellence - to drive up performance. His top 5 strengths have been judged to be: strategic, achiever, flexible, assertive and imaginative.
ü He has strong strategic management experiences and political awareness skills that command the respect, trust and confidence of leading members. He is also a highly motivated, hard working, competent, confident and enthusiastic person, with a passion for leadership excellence.
ü As a senior Director, he operated at the highest strategic level as a member of Birmingham City Council’s Corporate Management Team and deputised, as necessary, for the Chief Executive on governance issues relating to the Council and its strategic partnerships – such as Be Birmingham, the West Midlands Leaders Board, the Regional Chief Executives Group, City Region and Core Cities. He worked closely, therefore, with the Leader and other leading members on the strategic management of the City Council and gave high level strategic, policy, ethical & corporate governance advice to the City Council and its strategic partnerships.
ü As Monitoring Officer of the largest local authority in the UK, he also provided legal and constitutional advice to the whole of the Council and had indirect control over the Council’s £3.4 Billion annual budget. On the back of his national work on Good Governance, he also provided strategic leadership to two National Pilots for Birmingham, with the Audit Commission, on Good Governance (in 2006) and on Diversity, Human Rights and Equalities (in 2009).
ü As respects Departmental responsibilities, he provided strategic leadership to a Department consisting of 2 Directors, about 25 Heads of Service, over 800 staff and over £40 Million annual budgets. The responsibilities extend to leading on Legal, Democratic, Elections, Lord Mayor’s Office, Public Health, Health & Safety, Environmental Protection, Licensing, Hackney Carriages, Trading Standards, Commercial investigations, Illegal Money Lending, Mortuary, HM Coroners, Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Data Protection and Information Management services.
ü In December 2009, his Department of Governance was recognised, following an extensive external assessment by Midlands Excellence, as an Investor in Excellence. This was in addition to his Legal & Democratic Services Department’s success, in 2006, when it became the first - and so far the only – legal practice in the UK to be an Investor in Excellence. Other examples of excellence include the creation of the City Council’s very first Constitution; improving corporate & ethical governance systems; developing the Leader’s vision on ‘Achieving Excellence’; Devolving executive powers and services to Constituency Committees; developing a Chief Officers Leadership Development Programme and developing the governance arrangements for the West Midlands Leaders Board and the City Region.
ü At the national level, he has assisted national Local Government bodies to prepare for the Human Rights Act and lobby for a general power of competence. In addition, he has worked with Government and associated national bodies to implement relevant local government legislation on, for example, ethical and corporate governance, elections and the Freedom of Information. In addition to organising ACSeS’ Annual Conference at The Belfry, in November 2010, he organised ACSeS’ highly successful ‘First Leadership Summit’, in July 2010 on board HMS President moored on The Thames, for those who aspire to positions of Chief Executive.
ü Mirza has corporate legal experiences of procuring, joint ventures and negotiating, the largest TUPE transfer in the UK, of about 1500 staff, to the private sector. He also has corporate legal experience of progressing Birmingham’s Housing Stock Transfer and leading on all high level legal work of the Council associated with ethical and corporate governance issues. In fact, in 2003, he wrote and then maintained the Council’s Constitution, which is a model of best practice.
ü He has extensive experience of leading on major projects, developing partnerships and negotiating joint ventures with regard to, for example, complex regeneration, land & property developments and public private finance initiatives with regard to highways and schools. He also has extensive experience of not just advising on ethical and corporate governance, but establishing national best practice with regard to good governance systems and processes.
ü As a Monitoring Officer with over 10 years experience, he worked closely with Leaders, Lord Mayors, other leading members and chief officers of the Council. For example, he used to sit next to the Lord Mayor (at Full Council Meetings) and with the Leader (at Cabinet). He has also given evidence before a Parliamentary Committee and was highly complimented by an Elections Judge.
ü He is an accomplished speaker at major national conferences on such issues or is proactive, nationally, in seeking changes to primary and secondary legislation to secure success for local governance. Other examples of national excellence include assisting the Audit Commission, Standards for England, Government Departments, LGIU, SOLACE and CIPFA on Good Governance, elections, Information Management, Human Rights, CCT, Quality and Best Value.
ü Mirza was also extensively involved in securing success for the Council with regard to major litigation on, for example, Single Status, Equal Pay and other major Judicial Reviews. This included advising on and dealing with the termination and re-engagement of all the Council employees on new contracts of employment to secure necessary changes to terms and conditions of employment. All of these high level and complex legal experiences were gained in the public domain, with appropriate advice and assistance being given to leading members/officers in a confidential and highly sensitive manner to secure the best interests of his employers.
ü In addition to providing top level legal advice and support service, Mirza transformed a “poor performing” Legal Department of 150 staff - in 2000, with a budget surplus of only £15000 - to a highly commercial and business oriented Investor in Excellence Legal Department, of over 230 staff, delivering budget surpluses in excess of £1.2 Million per annum. In the process, his Department attained a number of national and regional quality awards. As evidenced by the Honorary Doctorate awarded to him in 2008 for exceptional skills and as a role model to others.
ü In the leadership challenge to deliver excellence by his Department, he was also one of the very first local authority lawyers to successfully establish, in open competition, a number of Call-off arrangements with law firms. His Department now successfully bids for and carries out legal work for external public bodies. All of this was easy for him as, during the 1990’s, he submitted a successful tender, in competition with other national law firms, for Bolton’s legal services and, subsequently, managed the same from a client perspective. This was in addition to giving top level advice and concluding the procurement of Bolton’s Blue & White Collar CCT contracts.
ü In addition to designing, developing and securing ISO 9001 Quality Assurance, Investors in People and Law Society’s LEXCEL Practice Management Standards, since 1990’s, Mirza’s Department achieved the first ‘3 star excellent’ (maximum rating), in 2000, from the Audit Commission’s Best Value Inspection. His Department also won many awards from Midlands Excellence and, in 2006, attained the “Not for Profit Employer of the Year Diversity Award”.
ü None of these successes would have been possible without effective leadership and communication skills. In addition, Mirza has highly proficient computer and internet skills. For example, he introduced light pen time recording and e-mails within his Department and has mastery of Microsoft packages, such as Word, PowerPoint, Spreadsheets, Access and Project.
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