Birmingham Civic Society are delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees have unanimously voted for our next Chair. Amelia Ladbrook will become Chair of the Society in November 2018. She will act as Chair Elect until then working alongside our current Chair, Gavin Orton. 

Amelia will be the youngest Chair of the Society in its 100 year history. She will also be the youngest Chair of a civic society in England. This is a credit to her and the direction the Society has taken in recent years to engage with younger citizens in enabling them to make a real difference. Birmingham, as a city, has the youngest population in Europe. The Society feel it is essential that this is reflected not only in the Society but in all areas of our city. There should be more opportunity and recognition given to our younger leaders in our communities and businesses.

Amelia became a Trustee of the Society in 2016 and quickly established herself as a key member of the Board. Amelia has been involved in our Citizenship and Membership Committees as well as chairing the Society’s Events Committee, which delivers our core events for members as well as the popular People, Place, Pride events.  

Gavin Orton said: “I am delighted to be handing over the baton to Amelia in November. Amelia got stuck right into the Society when she became a Trustee. She is full of energy, passion and drive in making Birmingham a better place for everyone – both through the Society and other roles that she has. It has been a pleasure working with her and the other Trustees over recent years and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with her as she leads the Society in years to come.”

Amelia’s passion for Birmingham and her influence has not only been recognised within the Society. In May we were very proud, and not surprised, to hear that Amelia was a finalist in Birmingham Live’s ’30 under 30’ campaign which recognises the achievements of young people in the city. Amelia works for market leading professional services provider Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group who are based in the Colmore Business District.

Amelia said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead Birmingham Civic Society into its next 100 years, after a fantastic year of celebrating our Centenary. The Society truly works towards making Birmingham a better place for everyone, and as a proud adopted Brummie I am looking forward to working with people across the region to continue this work.”

We hope that you, our members, will join the Trustees in supporting and working with Amelia with the same energy, passion and drive that she has, in making sure we kick off our second century in a great way!