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 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

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 Property 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 over forty years, Robin is also a Trustee of the Birmingham Big Art Foundation.

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Alexander Mahra

Trustee and chair of public art committee

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Richard Sapcote

Trustee and co chair of planning committee

Richard is a Pre-construction and Framework Manager for BSN Group, a building contractor in Brierley Hill. Throughout his career he has worked in the restoration and conservation sector managing his own respected contracting business for 25 years. Also, Richard is a Heritage Consultant, independently acting for clients and contractors. A Fellow of Chartered Institute of Building and Property Adviser for Coventry Cathedral.

Chris Adamson

Dr Chris Adamson
Trustee and chair of heritage committee

Chris, an archaeologist and educator from Solihull, is Head of Short Academic Programmes at Lady Margaret Hall, a college in the University of Oxford. He believes that the fascinating and diverse history and heritage of Birmingham, from the Anglo-Saxons, to the Industrial Revolution, and to the Windrush Generation, is “a possession for all time” shared by all who call Birmingham home. Chris has been a Trustee since 2021 and Chair of the Heritage Committee since 2022.


Matthew Vaughan
Deputy Chairman
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.


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.

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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 2019 – 2022 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. Justine now supports The Birmingham Civic Society with her expert communications.