About Us

Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands (IEWM) is the brand name of the West Midlands Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (WM RIEP).

The West Midlands RIEP was set up in April 2008 following the publication of the National Improvement and Efficiency Strategy (NIES) by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG). 

The IEWM Programme has continued to operate independently of the national RIEP Programme since April 2011 when the National Programme Office and associated funding ceased.

We are a sector-led organisation that supports local authorities and their wider public sector partners to reform and transform local public services.

Our role is to work on behalf of the sector to:

  • help stimulate and influence new thinking and innovation;
  • support and enable sector collaboration;
  • mobilise sector-led improvement activities and;
  • promote and encourage engagement in new ways of working in all major areas including transformation, commissioning, procurement, adult social care and children's services. 

Underpinning IEWM's success is strong engagement from within the sector with wide representation from across the West Midlands. This is assisted by the presence of a strong ethos of collaborative working with all parts of the public sector and on sharing knowledge and best practice in the West Midlands.

The IEWM Executive Board is the formal decision making body for specific resource allocation decisions, comprising chief executives and senior colleagues from local authorities across the region. The Board meets twice a year and is currently chaired by Alistair Neill, Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council.

Programme leads are in place for each of our workstreams to shape and ensure delivery of core objectives, each led by a regional chief executive.