Ken Meeson is Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands where he has held a number of posts including Chair of Social Services and Education Committees and for nearly 10 years was Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.
He has a long history of involvement with young people with the Scout Association where he has been a Scout Leader, County Commissioner, County Chairman and now local Safeguarding Coordinator.
Nationally he was for many years a member of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board and currently serves on the Employer Board. Ken previously represented the LGA on NCB's Board of Trustees before standing down at the time of board re-organisation. He has however remained on our Audit Committee and also chairs the Audit Committee for the National Youth Agency, where he is an LGA nominated Trustee.
Ken chairs the multi-agency Solihull Partnership which has oversight of the local Children's Trust and chaired the previous Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership.
He also served for 20 years as chair of Governors for a Special School with a high ratio of children on the autistic spectrum, has a special interest in services for young carers and also unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
In his spare time he is a Lay Hospital Manager under the Mental Health Act dealing with the rights and welfare of detained patients.