The Birmingham Civic SocietyTree





Freddie Gick

Freddie has played leading roles in programmes designed to promote active citizenship among young people and was the author of the Heritage Buildings Guide. He became Chairman in October 2004.

Freddie is a Trustee of the Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities, The Birmingham and Midland Institute and of the Barry Jackson Trusts and an Honorary Vice President of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

Freddie can be e-mailed

Anthony Collins
Vice Chairman

Anthony is the founder of Anthony Collins LLP a highly-regarded Birmingham firm of solicitors with a considerable presence in the public and charity sectors involved in the regeneration of social housing. He was President of the Birmingham Law Society 2002-2003.

The "Advised in Birmingham" campaign was the brainchild of Anthony which aims to promote Birmingham as a legal capital by attracting more legal work into the city and to ensure that Birmingham is a first destination for a legal career.

Glyn Pitchford
Vice Chairman

Glyn is the former non-executive chairman of four leading Midlands businesses, Countrywide Homes, BK Midlands, BRMB/Capital Gold and contaminated land remediation company Envirotreat. He has a large network of business contacts and is committed to raising the profile of the Society in the business community.

Glyn is also involved with a number of charities, as Chairman of Birmingham Citywatch Trust, as Chairman of Cash for Kids and as a member of the fundraising committee of St Basil's.

Michael Sheehan
Vice Chairman

Michael is a retired engineer who has held very senior positions in the motor manufacturing industry in the UK and abroad. He has been a member of the Society since 1997 and served for many years as the Honorary Secretary before being appointed a Vice Chairman in 2005.

Michael has had responsibility for Blue Plaques and has been a major contributor to the Next Generation Awards and is currently Chairman of the Citizenship Committee.

Michael can be e-mailed at

Bob Warman
Vice Chairman

Bob will be a familiar face to most people as a presenter on Central News for Carlton TV. He has been working in television in the region since 1973.

In the world of business, Bob is an Executive Director of public relations company Seal Communications. He is also a founder member of the Development Board of Macmillan Cancer Care and of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

James Fletcher
Honorary Treasurer

James is Group Financial Controller for a Property Management company based in Worcester, but which has a large portfolio in Birmingham. He is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, and was appointed Honorary Treasurer in 2003. He has lived in Birmingham since 1998, having been brought up in Evesham.

James is a Director of Briar Close Management Co Ltd and is also Treasurer for the Birmingham & West Midlands Group of the Victorian Society.

James can be e-mailed at

Nicholas Madeley
Honorary Secretary

Nick manages his own consultancy business providing services to Learning and Skills Councils, Business Links and Chambers of Commerce. He is also a Liveryman of the Saddlers' Company, a Trustee of the Museum of Leathercraft and a Prince's Trust mentor.

Nick was appointed to the office of Honorary Secretary in March 2006.

Peter Leather
Heritage Committee Chairman

Peter Leather is a Lecturer in Birmingham Studies at the University of Birmingham and joined the Society in 2005 and has taken over as Chairman of the Heritage Committee.

He is author of A Brief History of Birmingham and A Guide to the Buildings of Birmingham and writes a history column for the Birmingham News.

Peter Miles
Events Secretary

Peter Miles is a retired businessman who joined the Society in 2005. As Events Secretary he has led the way into breathing new life into the events programme which has run a number of highly successful events during the current year.

His main interest outside the society is as Chairman of the Midlands Antique Collectors Circle. He is also a Patron of Birmingham Choral Union.

Ross Bellamy
Conservation & Heritage Panel delegate

Ross is Chairman of the Jewellery Quarter Association and was President of the Midlands District Timber Trades Benevolent Society for 2003 and 2004.

He also represents the Society on the City Council's Conservation & Heritage Panel which examines proposals in Conservation Areas and individual plans that affect Grade I and Grade II* buildings in the city.

Yvonne Maslen
Blue Plaques Secretary

Yvonne is a former professional food buyer for the NHS. She used to count painting and sculpting among her hobbies until she realised that she had little talent in that particular area.

However she does have a keen interest in art and sculpture and this encompasses public art in particular.

Yvonne is a dedicated and active member of the Society and sits on the Heritage Committee and Public Art Sub-Committee of the Society and is also Assistant Events Secretary.

Councillor John Alden

Councillor Alden has sat on the City Council since 1983 and represents the Harborne Ward of Birmingham. He served as Lord Mayor during 2003-4 and was Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture 2004-6 and is currently Chairman of the Leisure, Sport and Culture Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The Society has two political represenatives who sit on the Executive Council and Councillor Alden is the Conservative nominee.

Dr Joe Jordan

Joe is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was a consultant gynaecologist to Birmingham Women's Hospital until 2002 and Medical Director of Birmingham Women's Hospital Trust from 1985 until 2002.

Joe was founder President of the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (1976-78), President of the International Federation for Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy (1978-81) and founder President of the European Federation for Colposcopy (1999-2004).

Jagjit Singh Taunque MBE DL

Jagjit sat on the West Midlands County Council for a number of years. He is Chairman of the Birmingham Valuation Tribunal and of the Punjab Culture Centre, Trustee of Birmingham Council of Faiths and Patron of Birmingham International Council.

He served for some time as a representative of Birmingham Inter-faith Council before being elected a life member.

He became a Member of the Order of the British Empire in HM The Queen's 2000 Birthday Honours for service to community relations in Birmingham

Guppy Dhariwal

Peter Wall

Councillor Ray Hassall

Councillor Margaret Waddington




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