Mr John Crabtree OBE was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to be her representative
in the West Midlands with effect from 3rd January 2017.
John has a wide variety of business, community and charitable interests, predominantly
in the West Midlands. Until 2003, he was senior partner of Wragge & Co (now Gowling
WLG) - the leading Birmingham based international firm of solicitors. He is currently
Chairman of Glenn Howells Architects, Real Estate Investors Plc, Staffline Group
plc, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, White & Black Limited, Brandauer Holdings
Limited, Finch Consulting Ltd and the national charity for the deafblind, Sense.
He is also director of Opus Restaurant & Bar, Tara Developments, SLR Management and
He is also Chairman of the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel overseeing Birmingham
City Council’s implementation of the recommendations of the Kerslake review.
John is a former President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He also
served as a Director of Advantage West Midlands, the former regional development
agency for 7 years until its abolition in 2012. In 2003, he was voted West Midlands
Businessman of the year, the following year he was voted UK lawyer of the year and
has received life time achievement awards from the Birmingham Law Society and in
2012, the Birmingham Post. John has also received honorary doctorates from Birmingham
University and Birmingham City University.
John was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2005 and he was High Sheriff of West
Midlands in 2006/2007.