John Clancy

Leader of Birmingham City Council

John Clancy is Leader of Birmingham City Council, UK.


John has been a teacher for most of the last 30 years in comprehensive schools in areas of poverty. He is an English examiner for AQA exam board.


A Law & English graduate (Keele University), John went to Law School at Manchester Metropolitan University and practised as a solicitor in Birmingham in the early 1990s, specialising in commercial and venture capital law.


John has served on the City Council Planning Committee from 2004-2006 and from 2011 to date. He was the lead member for regeneration on the city council’s Labour Group 2005-06 and served on Education and Regeneration Scrutiny Committees 2002-2006, the Public Protection Committee 2005 and the Governance and Resources co-ordinating Scrutiny Committee 2013-14.


John has published 2 books recently: Blogs from the Blackstuff (2010) with Prof. David Bailey and The Secret Wealth Garden (2014).  He writes a monthly column for the Birmingham Post newspaper on business matters.

John is a widely acknowledged expert on Local Government Pension Funds and is regularly consulted by the media on the subject. The Financial Times, The Guardian and the BBC regularly report John’s views and opinions relating to Pension Funds.


John has been an area secretary for the National Union of Teachers.


John was born in Manchester and brought up in Stockport. He has lived in Birmingham for the last 26 years, having previously also lived in Taunton, Somerset. He has been married to Rachel, Assistant Principal in a Black Country comprehensive school, for 30 years and has a daughter, Anna.

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