My name is Beverley Momenabadi, at 29, I am currently the youngest Labour Councillor in Wolverhampton.
I graduated from Worcester University with a BA Hons in Youth and Community Services. And my career began working mainly with homeless young people aged 16-25, supporting them to achieve and break the cycle of homelessness.
I began a career in Politics in 2017 when I started to work for a Labour MP in Wolverhampton as a Senior Communications Assistant. I was then elected to Wolverhampton City Council in 2018 when I ran in the Local Elections for the ward that I live in- Ettingshall. It was a significant win as I won 79% of the vote and had the highest number of votes in the city that year.
I also hold the role of the city’s Digital Champion where I oversee the Digital Innovation strategy for the city. I feel extremely privileged to be a Councillor and represent the people of Ettingshall and Wolverhampton.
In my time as a Councillor, I have been nominated twice for ‘Young Councillor of the Year’ nationally.
In addition to working as a Councillor, I also work in PR and Communications for a large car manufacturing business in Wolverhampton.
I have volunteered as a Youth Officer for the Labour Party where I actively engage and work with young people to develop their understanding of Politics and activism in the party.
I am currently a Trustee for the Grantham Yorke Trust and a School Governor at Bilston C of E Primary School in Ettingshall.
In my spare time, I take a keen interest in the Palestine and Israel conflict and have travelled to the Middle East to do aid work in this region three times since 2015.
Wolverhamptom City Council’s Cabinet member for Children and Young People
Having studied Youth and Communities at University, I went on to work with children and young people in a variety of setting including as a youth worker, working with children with disabilities and young offenders which finally led me to my role as a manager at YMCA Black Country Group in Wolverhampton.
Where I worked for almost four years supporting homeless young people reach their full potential and get the best start in life.Since then, I have always continued in both strategic and frontline roles working with children, both as a School Governor and a trustee of the Grantham Yorke Trust.
I am thrilled to be heading up this role for the city and delivering on our commitment to ensure that no child gets left behind.
For those interested in what being a Cabinet Member for Children’s Services involves, my principal responsibilities for the city will include:
• Children in need and in need of protection
• Children and young people in care and care leavers
• Corporate parenting
• Early intervention, prevention and specialist services
• Education inclusion incl. behaviour, attendance and elected home education
• Youth Offending
• Link for children and young people’s health incl. disabilities and emotional health and wellbeing
• Children’s Services commissioning
• Children and Young People’s participation and engagement