The Birmingham Civic Society is governed by its Board of Trustees with the committees directing the programmes in the different areas of activity. The day to day operations of the Society, Birmingham Trees for Life and the Next Generation Awards are sustained through the invaluable contribution of the Executive Team.


Professor Michael Butler

Michael is Reader in Transformational Change at Aston Business School, Aston University and became a Trustee in 2015. He is passionate about Birmingham’s history and wants to celebrate the past and maintain the heritage that survives by making this legacy relevant to contemporary audiences for their enjoyment and education. To achieve this he brings his academic experience of working in a top-ranked business school. Aston University is a corporate partner and he is a direct link to colleagues and students, local and international.

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Stephanie Bloxham
Chairman of citizenship committee

Stephanie is a project co-ordinator at Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, supporting the local voluntary sector, community groups and citizens in Birmingham, through cross sector partnerships.  In 2018 Stephanie became Partner Governor for Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  Stephanie joined the board in 2018 and is deputy chair of the Citizenship Committee.

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Robin Barnes
Honorary Treasurer

Robin, a chartered accountant, is a Partner in Edgbaston-based JW Hinks. He leads the healthcare department of the firm and is a member of the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers. He also has responsibility for the SME services offered by the firm. In the past he has been Chairman of Sandwell Junior Chamber of Commerce and of his local residents association. An adopted Brummie of thirty years, his Suffolk roots means he remains a “Tractor Boy” ( like many innovations, a name created in Birmingham!), but spends his summer days enjoying the cricket at Edgbaston.

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Chris Adamson

Chair of Heritage Committee


Geoff Cole
Chair of Birmingham Trees for Life

In 2006 Geoff became one of the founder members of the Birmingham Trees for Life Project and a volunteer member of the Trees Committee after retiring from his post as Assistant Director Parks, Sports and Events at Birmingham City Coucil. He has 42 years in the horticulture profession, beginning as a student at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  He worked for Birmingham City Council for 31 years and whilst in later years his remit included leisure services he has always been involved with parks, horticulture and trees.

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Peter Jones

Peter Jones

Peter is a born and bred Brummie living most of his life in or around this region.  Having studied at the Birmingham College of Food & Domestic Arts and later on Aston Business School. Peter spent his early career in the Hospitality sector, but for the last 30 years has been in the IT Learning & Development industry where he now works as a Business Development and Solutions Manager.

Peter is a strong believer in “Giving back” to the community and over the years has volunteered for local charities and good causes in the region – to raise money and awareness or simply digging holes and planting trees if that what is called for. No task too big no job too small.  Peter is the Founder and host of the Podcast “Ordinary People” where guests discuss key social issues of today and tomorrow.


Matthew Vaughan
Deputy chair
Chair of planning committee

Matthew is a conservation architect and leads Donald Insall Associates‘ Birmingham studio. Matt has been a member of our Planning Committee for several years and recently became Chair.

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Cllr Phil Davis

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Amelia Ladbrook
Immediate Past Chair

Amelia is Head of Marketing at Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group, and has been working in the city since graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2014.

Amelia has always taken part in community initiatives inside and out of the workplace. She previously held the role of Development Board member for Birmingham Hippodrome and Chair of BPS Birmingham Aspire, an organisation that supports those in education and training to develop in the business professional and financial services sector and connect with the city.

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Cllr Jon Hunt


Executive Team for Trustees

Kay Dashti

Kay is a Membership committee member and supports the Next Generation Awards.  She is an active and committed member of DWF’s Corporate Social Responsibility team, focusing on inclusion.  Kay is also a past (and hopefully future) performer of Colmore Chorus.

Jo Dunlop
Next Generation Awards Project Manager

Jo began her career in marketing in London and moved to Birmingham in 2000 when she joined the Art and Design department at BBC, Pebble Mill.  Jo is now a freelance project manager working primarily in the film production and charity sectors.  In addition to managing the Next Generation Awards, Jo is also currently working with Into Film on space related film activities and career development initiatives for young people.


Deborah Needle
BTfL Development Officer

Deborah has a BSc in Environmental Sciences and worked for many years as a Ranger and in other roles in the Parks Department of Birmingham City Council, where she enjoyed involving local people in working with the natural environment. With a broad understanding of funding through both her work and voluntary positions, Debbie has the ideal background to support BTfL’s fundraising and project development work to ensure that tree planting with local communities continues in to the future.

Justine marklew

Justine Marklew
Communications and Liaison

Working as a journalist for over 20-years, working to build up strong, productive and trusted relationships between organisations and their followers. Working for BTfL since August 2019, encouraging and extending on BTfL’s community cohesion through conveying consistent, interesting and relevant subject matter and practical projects through all BTfL social media platforms.  Building on the fantastic relationships we share with schools, communities and sponsors and celebrating the value of trees to our environment, our city, our health and our wellbeing at every opportunity.

Jamie Justham
Recording Secretary to Board of Trustees

Following a management career in manufacturing, Jamie founded a software consultancy in 1989. When the business was sold he kept an interest in the company, where he still works part time. He’s also a Board Member of the CBSO Development Trust and Secretary of the Birmingham Civic Society and the Birmingham Big Art Foundation.