“I have a passion for people, places and communities, and hope to support Sandwell in being loud, prosperous and proud.”
Brian Cape is Chief Executive at SIPS Education, the not-for profit schools services co-operative for Sandwell, the Black Country and the West Midlands. SIPS provides a broad range of services to schools including IT, finance, risk management, HR, improvement services, music, catering and governance. It won in the ‘Best Large Business’ and ‘Adaptability and Innovation’ categories at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards in 2020. Previously, Brian was a commercial development leader at Birmingham City Council, Head of Funding at the National Lottery Community Fund and has held senior commercial roles with several major banking institutions.
“I’m privileged to be able to represent SIPS – an organisation which was established to serve the children and schools of the area. It’s a dream job, and I consider myself lucky to have a team of around 350 amazing people dedicated to enriching the lives of young people. We have an engaged community of customers, we aren’t driven by profits, and we are motivated to do the right thing. What’s not to like?
I moved to Oldbury from Sunderland in 2009 and was overwhelmed by such a warm welcome to a ‘stranger’. The people were amazing and the place got under my skin. All these years later, I’m back in Sandwell and delighted to be able to give something back to our community.
I’m a ‘localism’ advocate, especially keen to promote and support economic growth through the use of local businesses, local people – and above all local spending and procurement on goods, skills and employment. Developing true social value and joining up the dots between the community, public, private and third sectors is just part of the solution and I’m a passionate champion of the not-for-profit sector.”