Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, Councillor Sharon Thompson, has been a Councillor since 2014. She served as Victims Champion for the city from 2014-2015, before becoming the local authority’s first Ambassador for addressing Homelessness and Roughsleeping. In 2016 she became the Cabinet Advisor for Homelessness from 2017-2018 and relinquished the position in May 2018 when she was appointed to Cabinet.
She has political leadership responsibility for many areas such as housing including; Homelessness and Private Rented Sector Policy, alongside Bereavement Services and Localisation. In 2018/19 she had political responsibility for Parks and Allotments, she relinquished these in 2019/2020 and took the functions of registrations of birth, deaths and marriage into her portfolio.
Keen to promote and improve Birmingham for its citizens, Sharon is a strong advocate for collaborative partnerships, with an authentic and inclusive approach to leadership. She has been a passionate advocate for eradicating homelessness and spearheaded Birmingham’s Homelessness Prevention Strategy 2017+ which is partnership focused in its outcomes.
In her remit as a Councillor, Sharon has also served on St Basils board of directors, Southside BID, and sat on the Commonwealth Games 2022 Members Advisory Group.
She is currently the local authority representative on West Midlands Combined Authority Housing and Land Delivery Board, WMCA Public Service Reform Board, ARCH (Association of Retained Council Housing) and the Euro Cities Social Mobility Forum. Sharon currently chairs the WMCA Homelessness Members Advisory Group and Birmingham Social Housing Partnership. Sharon also sits on the LGA Labour Women’s Taskforce.