What is The Birmingham Civic Society?

Birmingham Civic Society is a charitable, member-led organisation that has been working to make Birmingham a better place for everyone since 1918. Post-WWI regeneration was the initial focus and we secured land to create the city’s open green spaces and improved existing parks. Over the years we have campaigned to save some of the city’s best-loved assets including The Rep Theatre and Burne-Jones stained glass windows. In the 1950s we erected our first blue plaque and since the early 2000s have promoted public art and active citizenship. We also consult on plans for new development in the city and support communities who are concerned about proposals. In 2018, we proudly celebrated our centenary year.

Today, our work now cuts across five areas – planning, heritage, citizenship, Birmingham Trees for Life and Public Art - drawing on our legacy and contemporary expertise. As a membership organisation, citizens of Birmingham (and beyond!) who choose to become members and join our committees as volunteers enable us to do what we do – and play a key role in setting our agenda.

  • to promote high standards of planning and architecture
  • to educate the public in the geography, history, natural history, culture and architecture of the city
  • to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of public amenities and features or areas of historic or
  • public interest in the city
  • to promote the concept of active citizenship among the people of the city

Brief Synopsys of the Role

  • Making payments
  • Record/book keeping
  • Preparation of internal accounts and forecasts
  • Preparation of annual statutory accounts for Independent Examination
  • Company secretarial matters (filing of accounts and annual returns)
  • General financial and administrative duties eg Insurance, Charity Commission regulation compliance
  • Presenting accounts at the AGM

Note: It does not involve taking minutes at meetings which are undertaken by the Honorary Secretary.

Time Commitment

  • About one to two hours per week on routine matters - payments, bankings, queries (supported by our part time administrator)
  • Attending six Trustee meetings per year – meetings take place from 12.30-2.30 at a city centre location.
  • Book-keeping with support of the Society administrator
  • Year-end accounts
  • Filing accounts and annual returns

As Honorary Treasurer you will ensure that the Charity is meeting its goals in delivering our initiatives, remains sustainable and continues to thrive.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please get in touch with Chairman Amelia Ladbrook at [email protected]