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Congratulations to Dr Yeow Poon, winner of Midlands Leadership Awards!

December 2, 2018 9:04 AM

Dr Yeow Poon West Midlands Awards 2018Dr Yeow Poon, Vice-Chair of Chinese Liberal Democrats and Chair of the Chinese Community Centre in Birmingham, was named the winner of the Public/Third Sector category at the 2018 Midlands Leadership Awards run by The Business Desk.

As the Chair of the Chinese Community Centre since 1995, Dr Poon has supported the provision of a range of advice, social care, health and community services to under-represented groups in Birmingham and the West Midlands. He has enabled the Chinese Community Centre to remain viable at a challenging time of reduced public funding. He recently co-authored a Chinese Welfare Trust research project entitled "Chinese Community Centres in the UK: Changing Landscape, Challenges and Strategies for the Future"

A long-term visionary with an inclusive and collaborative leadership style, he has contributed to positive change in the West Midlands, and in facilitating civil society development and public sector reforms in developing countries. He is currently the President of England China Business Forum, Secretary of Birmingham Business Focus, the Treasurer of Arts in the Yards (a neighbourhood arts forum) and one of the initiators of CWM 2020, which aims to strengthen cross-culture connections between the West Midlands and China.

He joined the Liberal Democrats party in 2017 and was elected Policy Chair for the West Midlands Lib Dems this year. Over the next 12 months, he will be working with others to combine local concerns and national priorities into a policy framework for the West Midlands, as well as develop a set of policies relating to China and the Chinese community in the UK, that reflect Liberal Democrats values. Dr Yeow Poon can be contacted via his LinkedIn profile.