Innovative leadership development organisation, Common Purpose, welcomed new members from the banking and education sectors to its Birmingham advisory group, this month.

Professor Monder Ram OBE, Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CRÈME) at the University of Birmingham; Elly Tobin, Principal of Joseph Chamberlain College and Director of the College for International Citizenship; and Andy Brenan, Head of Risk Performance oversight at RBS have all joined the Birmingham Common Purpose advisory group.  The board supports the work that Common Purpose in Birmingham does developing leaders in the city who can deliver complex change beyond their circle of authority.

The organisation works with leaders at different stages of their careers, from university students through to senior leaders.  Recently they welcomed a number of international leaders to Birmingham as part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office programme to highlight what UK plc has to offer outside of London.

Louise Teboul, Operations Director for Common Purpose UK, said:   “We are very pleased to welcome Monder, Elly and Andy to our Advisory Group, especially as they have all done Common Purpose programmes.  They all show great commitment to leadership within their respective spheres, but also within Birmingham and the wider region and we’re delighted to have them on board.”

Currently running a programme for emerging leaders, Common Purpose in Birmingham is set to run its popular senior leaders programme, Meridian, early next year. For more information, visit

Common Purpose is a not-for-profit leadership development organization that specialises in cross-boundary leadership. Founded in 1989, they run programmes in over 70 cities worldwide, and have more than 65,000 alumni.