The man who got Birmingham a hallmain
From the Times obit of Tom Caulcott:
…he was head-hunted in 1982 to be the chief executive of Birmingham, then a city in decline.
He persuaded the council to embark on a substantial capital building programme, the centrepiece of which was a convention centre and concert hall for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and Simon Rattle, its new young conductor. Although the hall did not qualify for European funding, Caulcott found an original way to unlock cash from Brussels by billing it as dual use. He was similarly imaginative in securing funding from his contacts in central government, now under Margaret Thatcher, although the invitation to Jacques Delors, president of the European Commission, to lay the foundation stone ruffled feathers in Whitehall.