who we are

The Birmingham Child Poverty Action Forum is made up of representatives committed and determined about making a positive difference in the lives of children and young people in Birmingham. All members have made a commitment to work together and bring their collective knowledge, expertise, influence and networks to make a city free from child poverty. Find out more about the Forum members below:

Professor Pete Alcock
Co-Chair
Jason Wouhra
Co- Chair (Regional Chair of Institute of Directors)
Cllr Tristan Chatfield
Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness & Equality – Birmingham City Council
Cllr Robert Alden
Birmingham City Council
Cllr Kerry Jenkins
Birmingham Youth Champion
Cllr Roger Harmer
Birmingham City Council
Dr Simon Pemberton
Head, School of Social Policy
University of Birmingham
Prof Helen Higson OBE
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Aston University
Prof Diane Kemp
Birmingham Partners
(Birmingham City University)
Alison Moore
BVSC Third Sector Assembly
Manjeet Sidhu
Silicon Canal
Sapreena Kumari
Aston University
Dennis Wilkes
Public Health
Imran Hussain
Director of Policy, Child Poverty Action Group
Ally Sultana
NSPCC
Maureen Connelly
Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid
Suwinder Bains
Birmingham City Council
Manisha Patel
Big Lottery Fund
Marc Reeves
Trinity Mirror Regionals
Jonathan Driffill
Birmingham Social Housing Partnership
Tim Evans
Voluntary Sector, Worth Unlimited
Chris Gibbs
Benefits & Revenue
Birmingham City Council
Peter Richmond
Pioneer Group
Greg Lowson
Partner, Pinsent Masons
Gemma Dearn
Early Years, Ladywood Locality Children’s Centre’s
Shilpi Akbar
Employment and Skills
Birmingham City Council
Vicky Hines
Shelter & Financial Inclusion Partnership
Antonina Robinson
DWP/Jobcentre Plus
Chief Supt Christopher Johnson
West Midlands Police