Olwen Dutton

Olwen was appointed as a non-executive director in April 2010.

She is currently the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Leaders Board, the successor to the Regional Assembly and the West Midlands Local Government Association, which is based in Birmingham.

A highly experienced solicitor, Olwen had over 20 years experience in local government and public sector issues, including planning and environmental law and high-profile PFI applications before moving into more corporate roles. As a former Corporate Director of Resources at Staffordshire County Council, Olwen is familiar with all areas of governance in large organisations.

Her appointment will run until19 May 2014.

Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee and member of the Audit Committee and Charitable Funds Committee.

As a non-executive director to: constructively challenge and contribute to developing strategy, scrutinise managers performance in meeting objectives and monitor reporting of performance, seek assurance that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and risk management processes are robust, deciding executive directors pay, participating in appointing and, where necessary, removing senior managers (as part of the Remuneration and Terms of
Service Committee), ensuring that the board acts in accordance with the public’s best interest and is fully accountable to it for the organisation’s services and the public funds it uses.


Llb (Hons), Solicitor of the Supreme Court.