Cllr. Leslie Ayoola
Founder, B-Global & Nottingham City Council
Cllr Leslie Ayoola was born and raised in Nottingham, is married, and has two daughters.
He was first was elected in 2015 and again in 2019 (to the Mapperley Ward in Nottingham) and is presently the Assistant Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Finance and Resources and Children and Young People. He has a Masters Degree in Youth & Community Development and a BA in Business which explains his passion for entrepreneurship and employment as tools for community empowerment. He is a UK Fellow (2021 Cohort) of the Acumen Academy which develops leaders to have a great social impact in society.
Leslie has spent over 25 years working across the private, public and voluntary sectors and has established a number of SME’s and Social Enterprises within the city, thus taking a keen interest in Social Entrepreneurship. He was subsequently a finalist in the Nottingham Social Enterprise Awards for Social Entrepreneur of the year and Start up Social Enterprise of the year in 2011.
He is the Founder of B-Global (@Bglobalnow - Nottingham’s Black Business Network working with the wider “BAME” Business Community) that seeks to support businesses to help them grow, thrive and increase productivity in order to contribute to their local economies.
In 2008 he established Leslie Ayoola Consultancy (A Management Consultancy that provides business support for SMEs and Third Sector organisations). He later went on to set up Inspiring Greatness (a social enterprise) specialising in training around Financial Literacy, Employability, Entrepreneurship and Personal Development in 2012 and has been involved in establishing a number of charitable organisations to date.
He has also served as a Public Governor for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust from 2012- 2016 and is presently a trustee for the Life Skills Education Charity. In addition in 2013 he became a Joint Audit & Scrutiny Panel Member for the Nottinghamshire Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.
He is also a Council representative the following organisations
-The Renewal Trust
-First Enterprise Business Agency
-Creative Quarter Nottingham Ltd