Voice and Influence

As a sector we are directly affected by local and national government policy, so it's important that all our views are taken into account and reflected in decision making. BVSC and the Third Sector Assembly are committed to ensuring that the voluntary and community sector in Birmingham has a strong voice and is in a position to influence decisions that affect our sector.

Through our senior management team and Third Sector Assembly champions we engage with key strategic partners within Birmingham City Council, The NHS and other public and statutory bodies to advocate on your behalf and strengthen the voice and influence of the sector.

Representing the Sector


  • Brian Carr (BVSC) is current chair of WMCVS, a group of voluntary and community sector support agencies from across the West Midlands set up to engage with the devoluation agenda.
  • Brian also represents the voluntary sector across the West Midlands on the West Midlands Combined Authority Public Service Board.

Health & Social Care

Community Safety

  • Maureen Connolly (Third Sector Assembly champion and Chief Executive of Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid) represents the sector on the Strategic Board of the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership


  • Jean Templeton (Third Sector Assembly champion and Chief Executive of St Basils) is a member of the City Housing Partnership Executive Board.

Children & Young People

  • Lisa Martinali (Third Sector Assembly champion and Director of Community Regeneration at The Pioneer Project) represents the voluntary sector on the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board. Lisa is also supported by a team of Network Representatives who represent the sector on several Children & Young people's committees and groups.

Third Sector Assembly

The Third Sector Assembly is at the heart of voice and influence in Birmingham, providing a number of strategic alliances that work to represent people and organisations from across Birmingham's diverse voluntary sector. The Assembly comprises seven thematic networks:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Safety
  • Children & Young People
  • Enterprise & Employment
  • Environment
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Health and Social Care

Assembly networks are headed by Network Champions who are voluntary sector leaders in Birmingham, selected for their expertise and experience in the field that they represent.

By signing up to a particular network you join forces with other individuals from Birmingham's voluntary and community sector who have shared interests. News about Assembly activity, consultations and events will be announced in our weekly e-bulletin (emailed out every Friday) within the Third Sector Assembly Section (you will automatically be subscribed to the e-bulletin if you're not signed up already). Joining is simple, just click on the following link.

Join the Assembly