Roger is the Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council and the Wolverhampton Labour Group. Roger was first elected in 1983. As Leader Roger is also the Chair of the Cabinet, the decision making body at the Council.
Roger has recently been awarded Council Leader of the Year by the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU).
Prior to being elected to St Peter’s ward Roger worked for Sandwell MBC and as a researcher for a number of Universities. He was educated at Millbrook School, New York and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He has an MA in Community Studies from Keele, and an Msc in Policy Studies from Bristol. He has a D Soc Sci from the University of Bristol for a study of Cross Border Collaboration in Central and Eastern Europe and is an Honorary Research Associate at De Montfort University.
He also leads on Transport issues for the West Midlands combined Authority (WMCA) and is Chair of West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership and a former Chair of the LGA Asylum, Refugee and Migration Task Force.
Roger cites local democracy, urban regeneration, regional development, organisational and structural change and social inclusion as his main political interests. He has published on European Structural Funds, the Voluntary Sector, and Citizenship.
Roger is supported by the Co-operative Party and supports co-operative principles.
Click here to see which committees Roger serves on at City of Wolverhampton Council, a list of any outside bodies Roger attends in his capacity as Councillor and details of Cllr Lawrence’s Advice Surgeries.
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Labour Leaders Office, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1RG