Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council said: “Dr Mashuq Ally is retiring from Birmingham City Council at the end of August. His leadership and contribution to tackle inequalities in the city leaves a positive and significant legacy in Birmingham. I would like to thank Dr Ally for all his hard work in the field of equalities.” In light of Dr Ally’s retirement, over the autumn there will be a review of the longer term organisational arrangements for equalities, cohesion and community safety in the city council.

In the meantime, leadership of the division will be covered by Alison Harwood, Acting Director of Regulation and Enforcement.

Dr Ally commented: “Birmingham is an exciting and vibrant city and it has been a pleasure to be part of it.

“I have enjoyed my time at the city council, working alongside some very talented colleagues from whom I have learnt a lot. But also working with partner agencies and in particularly our citizens and communities, many of whom have become friends, to promote cohesion and maintaining the safety and security of our city.

“I would like to think I have made a small contribution to these developments and the future direction of the city council will build on and further these strong foundations established by all of us.”