Best Staff in the World

Here are the kindest and friendliest staff you could work with. They are there at the Eid Mela like all of us to make sure it is a success. It requires sensitivity and thoughtfulness to make it a success and these people have it in trumps!
Please see next picture for our thanks to the sponsors, the redoubtable Big Johns without whom there would be no Mela!

About douglasosborn

He has been a Councillor for 17 years representing Weoley Ward, including the western side of Bournville Village Trust, on Birmingham City Council. He has worked for, and overseen through planning, the improvements to Weoley Castle Square, and Northfield Town Regeneration. He worked in Sparkbrook as a Youth Leader for 5 years and lectured the City Careers service on the employment of disabled people. He originally trained as a Mining Engineer qualifying in 1970, specialising in Explosives and Mine Lighting. He was a member of the Institute of Minerals, Mining, and Metallurgy, and the Institution of Lighting Engineers, now Professionals for 20 years. He was a member of the West Midlands Police Authority (1976-1980) and a member of the board of Birmingham Airport (1976-1981). He took a B.Th. degree at Oxford University, and gained a Master of Arts degree in Urban Design from Birmingham City University. This enabled him to be the Chairman of Birmingham Conservation Trust where he was able to help with the famous "Back to Backs" project, and conduct the negotiations for purchasing the "Coffin Works" with Aavantage West Midlands. Therefore he was then chosen to be Chairman of Birmingham City Planning Committee from 2008 to 2012, until the change in administration, but he is still a member of the committee. He now serves on the Police and Crime Commissioner Panel, and was a West Midlands Regional Ambulance Service Shadow board member. He was a Governor of Bournville College, for 15 years, and is still one for the Victoria Federation. He serves on the West Midland Combined Authority Mayoral scrutiny panel. He is still Birmingham's 'Heritage Champion', a trustee of Moseley Art School, and Chairman of Shencare Community Transport. He has never claimed any expenses in the 17 years he has served on the City Council - perhaps because the forms are too complicated.
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