Committee details

Smethwick Town Deal Board

Purpose of committee


The Smethwick Town Deal Board comprises a wide range of key stakeholders from community, business, voluntary, public-sector and faith organisations and is chaired by Alan Taylor, Sandwell Business Ambassador and Business Representative of MI Glass, Smethwick.


The Board will review progress of the Towns Fund Programme and projects, assessing change requests and ensuring compliance with Heads of Terms.


Throughout project delivery, the Board will see through the town vision, take ownership of their proposed projects and provide a level of accountability.


Meetings are not open to the public and press.



To co-ordinate the three Towns Deals in Sandwell, an overarching Towns Fund Superboard (Town Deal Board) was established in July 2020 with three Town-level Local Boards established as working groups of the Superboard.


The model of the Superboard being supported by three Local Boards has been effective throughout Phase 1 – Development of Town Investment Plans (submitted to DLUHC October 2020) and Phase 2 – Development of Full Business Case (Submitted to DLUHC by March 2022), through robust due diligence and assurance processes.


On 18 May 2022, SMBC Cabinet approved the Governance Arrangements for the Towns Fund Programme Phase 3 – Delivery (109/22). As a result, the Sandwell Superboard structure has been replaced by the three Local Boards, who inherit Superboard responsibilities: -


·      West Bromwich Town Deal Board

·      Smethwick Town Deal Board

·      Rowley Regis Town Deal Board


To view historic Superboard meeting papers, please click here.




  • Alan Taylor  (Chair) 
  • Jude Thompson  (Vice-Chair) 
  • Councillor Kerrie Carmichael    SMBC Leader
  • Councillor Peter Hughes    SMBC Cabinet Member, Regeneration and Growth
  • Councillor Bob Piper    SMBC Cabinet Member
  • Councillor Zahoor Ahmed    SMBC Cabinet Member
  • Councillor Farut Shaeen    SMBC Smethwick Town Lead Member
  • Rt Hon John Spellar MP    MP Warley Constituency
  • Sandeep Shingadia    Representing Transport for West Midlands
  • Geoff Layer    Representing Black Country LEP
  • Jo Nugent    Representing Homes England
  • Bel Sixsmith    Representing West Midlands Police
  • David Holden    Representing Sandwell College
  • Gareth Brown    Representing Raglan Road Church
  • Jatinder Singh    Representing Guru Nanak Gurdwara
  • Jennifer Harrison    Representing Brasshouse Community Centre
  • John Wood    Representing Liberty Engineering
  • Leona Bird    Representing SCVO
  • Mohammed Iqbal    Representing Smethwick Young People
  • Muskaan Shabir    Representing Smethwick Young People
  • Omar Rashid    Representing Businesses
  • Rob Lake    Representing The Albion Foundation
  • Emma Parkes  (Secretary)