Profile of Derek Anthony Webley MBE DL
In June 2009 Derek Webley made history when, with the unanimous support of his Police Authority colleagues, he became the first independent member of West Midlands Police Authority to be elected Chair, all previous Chairs were politicians.
As a consequence of this historical decision in the West Midlands he also became the first African Caribbean Chair of any Police Authority in the UK. There are currently 43 Police Authorities in the UK.
During this time he has also served on a number of Police Authority committees. He has also represented the Authority on external bodies (click here for his role as WMPA Chair).
Derek Webley works closely with senior faith leaders across the West Midlands, and has provided an invaluable link between West Midlands Police Authority and local communities. Derek Webley has often acted as media spokesperson for the West Midlands Police Authority, and has also operated as a ‘barometer’ of feeling, when issues have been at the forefront of community relations, making interventions where necessary.
Derek Webley is one of the District Bishops of the New Testament Church of God with responsibility for parts of Birmingham and Solihull, he was appointed in 1996 and has pastoral responsibility for one of the largest congregations in the New Testament Church of God situated in Lozells near Handsworth, Birmingham.
Derek Webley has served the New Testament Church of God in a number of capacities:
- Senior Minister – Toxteth, Liverpool
- Senior Minister – Lowhill, Wolverhampton
- National Director – Evangelism UK
- National Director – Youth & Christian
- Education UK
- District Bishop – Birmingham/Solihull (present appointment)
- National Executive Council (present)
- Chair Corporate Policy/Governance (present)
- Chair – Convention Executive Committee (present)
- College Board of Governors
Derek Webley’s commitment to community relations and the sharing of ideas and values is also demonstrated through his involvement in various other West Midlands community groups. Over the past few years he has served on the following, The Lord Chancellors Advisory Committee-Birmingham, Chair of the ‘Collectives’, a grouping of over 30 organisations and individuals throughout the West Midlands, Chair-Council of Black Led Churches-Birmingham, Executive Member of Relate, Primary Care Trust (NHS), Senior Faith Leaders Forum. Chair of Community Roots Enterprise Centre Limited, Chair of The Drum, an African, Caribbean and Asian Arts Centre and a Solihull School Board of Governor.
Presently he is Chair of Birmingham Citizens, a broad based organisation, organising around Social Justice issues, Trustee of a Charitable Trust, a member of the Rotary Club Birmingham and holds the position of being one of the few Appointed Ambassadors of The Guides Association in the UK from Birmingham.
In February 2006, Derek Webley was awarded a Doctorate by Birmingham City University for his distinguished and exemplary contribution to Community Relations in the West Midlands.
In June 2007, Derek Webley was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services and commitment to Community Relations in Birmingham/West Midlands and in 2009 he was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant.
At a service in 2006 which marked a decade of his leadership in the city of Birmingham, a number of civic and community leaders led by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Mike Sharpe, paid tribute to his work. The service was attended by over 800 people. He was described as a man of courage and wisdom who has never been afraid to diffuse tensions in the community. Dolores Cooper, community relations officer for the Jamaican High Commission compared him to a “tilly lamp, burning bright”.
Derek Webley is a much sought after speaker, he has travelled extensively speaking in the UK, Europe, Caribbean, USA and Africa. He is a family man, married, a father and grandfather.