Afzal Hussain, Chief Officer at Witton Lodge Community Association has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands.
The appointment comes in recognition of his work and contributions to communities and social enterprise in Birmingham and across the region. He is one of six new appointments with backgrounds ranging from education, entrepreneurship, homelessness and music.
Afzal will support The Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Mr John Crabtree OBE – the Queen’s personal representative in the county – in a number of ways including attending on Royalty during official visits, representation at citizenship ceremonies, supporting the armed forces of the Crown and encouraging charitable and voluntary work and local initiatives to benefit the community.
“I am honoured to have been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands,” said Afzal.
“Our many citizens, community and voluntary organisations play a vitally important role in the life of our region and I look forward to promoting and encouraging this further ’
During the pandemic, Afzal convened the Erdington (Covid 19) Task Force and the North Birmingham Economic Recovery Task Force, which have supported thousands of residents and vulnerable groups to access health and wellbeing, housing, employment, training and enterprise support services. Afzal is also an active member of several Boards in Birmingham and the West Midlands, providing experience and insight in community-led approaches to tackle deep-seated challenges, as well as capitalising on opportunities that unlock and nurture talent.
His previous roles include Director of Coventry New Deal for Communities and Company Secretary of its successor body Moat House Community Trust – operating as the regeneration vehicle for North-East Coventry, and Deputy Chief Executive of Aston Pride NDC where he worked with the board, local government, community leaders and senior officers to successfully re-establish and manage the £54m multi-partnership initiative tasked with regenerating one of Birmingham’s most deprived wards.
“As the second largest lieutenancy in England and Wales and home to nearly three million citizens, the enthusiasm and additional reach of the new Deputy Lieutenants will complement the great work of my existing Deputy Lieutenants.
The West Midlands Lieutenancy comprises Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton. It was established in 1974.