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.

We are looking for new Trustees who can support the charity in its aims:

  • 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

  • Chairing the Membership, Events and Communications committee
  • Leading on communications and member engagement initiatives with committee support
  • Supporting the charity in retaining and developing new members
  • Supporting an events programme to engage and grow membership

Time Commitment

  • About one to two hours per week on routine matters – supporting with content development, membership queries and events queries
  • Chairing and attending quarterly Membership, Events and Communications committee meetings - meetings take place from 12.30-2 pm at a city-centre location with flexibility
  • Attending six Trustee meetings per year – meetings take place from 12.30-2.30 at a city-centre location

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