Title: Leader of the Council
Representing: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Political grouping: Conservative
Abi Brownwas first electedtoStoke-on-TrentCityCouncilin 2010andhas been Leader oftheCouncilsince May 2019,holdingtheCorporateResources, Strategy& Partnerships portfolio.Prior to2019shewasDeputyLeaderandCabinetMember for FinanceandPartnerships from May 2015.
Alongside her portfolio responsibilities, Abi also leads a number of strategically important programmes, both within Stoke-on-Trent and also the wider sub-region. This includes the Ceramic Valley EnterpriseZone Project Board,oneofthemostsuccessful EZs inthecountry,and a projectshehas ledsinceinception, as well as being Chairman of Fortior, the city council’s arms-length housing company. Formed in 2016, Fortior has a portfolio of almost 400 homes and is stimulating and leading the market in improving the availability of private sector housing to meet rising demand.
In July 2021, she became a member of the Midlands Engine board, representing West Midlands Councils. This is in addition to representing Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire on the West Midlands Employers Board, and being a local authority representative on the Arts Council England Midlands Council. Since 2018, Abi has been a vice-chairman of the LGA City Regions Board, acting as Conservative lead member, having first joined the board in 2017.
In 2021, Abi took on responsibility for Community Safety and Homelessness, including chairing the Homelessness Reduction Board, and Community Safety Partnership. In addition, Abi also now chairs the Health & Wellbeing Board, which she sees as providing the opportunity to bring together her experience and local success in regeneration and place-making, with services that focus more on improving residents’ everyday lives, such as education and skills, social care and, of course, homelessness.
A familiar speaker at regional andnational events,Abi'sinterests includeallaspects
ofregeneration as well as broader policy development for urban areas.