Richard Kenny is Head of Strategic Development at Birmingham City Council.
Richard supports the Council Leadership, Chief Executive and Strategic Directors, on the strategic development of the council and its city. He leads and delivers strategic developments and aligns and adapts the policy and strategy development and work programmes of council directorates, and academic, other public, private and third sector agencies activities, with the Council Leadership priorities, to maximise impact and benefit for the city. Richard recently developed and led the bid that won the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge for the city in 2012 with the highly innovative and challenging ‘Modelling Birmingham’ programme.
Richard is a highly experienced thought leader and strategist for cities and an experienced director of programmes and projects. He has held senior positions at national, regional and local levels working for two major UK cities, a regional assembly, central government, and within the health and policing sectors to deliver better outcomes for people, places and communities.
Richard is a Board Member of the Centre for Geographical Economic Research, University of Cambridge, a collaborative research partnership funded by the ESRC, exploring economic growth issues, looking at recession, resilience and recovery in UK cities and regions and is an advisor to and writes for the Warwick PolicyLab think-tank.
Richard has degrees from Sheffield and Aston universities and holds an MBA from the University of Warwick.