6th Birmingham CSR Summit


BIRMINGHAM 6th CSR SUMMIT 2017: Tech for Good!

This event has been postponed until a later date - to be confirmed.

This year’s Birmingham CSR Summit will be different; in addition to the main Summit session, delegates will have the opportunity to attend one or, depending on demand, more Pre-Summit Workshops.  The Pre-Summit Workshops will be held on various dates in September, followed by the Summit on Friday 6 October at i-Centrum in Birmingham, 9.00 - 14.00.

Each of the Pre-Summit Workshops will be facilitated by experts in their respective fields.  As an integral part of the programme, we will also be challenging the tech industry to put forward ideas and solutions to help address issues faced in each field.

We believe that this format will greatly increase the opportunity for delegates to participate and share their views.The fields chosen for our Pre-Summit Workshops will be those pressing community and social issues facing our city (and indeed the nation) today:

1. Homelessness

2. Education

3. Employabilityand skills for ex-offenders 

4. Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

5. Mental Health 

For full details on the pre-summit workshops, please see below.

Pre-Summit Workshop sessions will follow the pattern Issues – Challenges & Needs – Solutions. Facilitators will present short feedback to the Summit session where attendees will also be invited to contribute their views.  Representatives from the Tech Sector will also contribute on the theme of Tech for Good. As always, we anticipate a lively audience from the corporates, public sector, charities and academia.   

Registration fee is £48.00; this fee entitles delegates to attend the Summit session, one Pre-Summit Workshop* of their choice and all refreshments including a light buffet lunch. Please note that attending the Pre-Summit Workshop is optional and is not compulsory.

* Places on second Pre-Summit Workshops will be made available to delegates at the discretion of the organisers, depending on pattern of demand. Please email m.podsiadly@aston.ac.uk with your 2nd choice. Places are limited to 25 per workshop.

Dr Judy Scully
Senior Lecturer
Aston Business School

Dr Nick Venning
Thirve CSR Network

Joel Blake OBE
Founder & Managing Director
Cultiv8 Solutions Consulting

Session  Speakers 
9:00am Registration
9:40 - 10:00 Welcome & Introduction to Summit
10:00 - 10:20 Opening address Andy Street CBE
Mayor of West Midlands

10:30 - 11:25 - Breakout Workshop 1
11:30 - 12:25 - Breakout Workshop 2

Delegates are invited to choose two from.

Education Anne Ainsworth, Interim Executive Director for Children & Young People, BCC 
Homelessness Jean Templeton, Chief Executive, St Basils 
Social Isolation Martin Graham, Director, Street Associations 

Coffee/tea available in Lounge throughout Breakout Workshop sessions

12:30 - 13:00 (4 X 5 minutes)
Workshops feedback 
Workshop reporters 
13:00 - 14:30 Networking lunch
14:00 - 14:30 - A healthier city: Today's inequalities, Tomorrow's solutions Professor Asif Ahmed
Pro-Vice Chancellor & Executive Dean, Aston Medical School
14:30 - 14:50 Tomorrow's Business Leaders: Perspectives on Corporate Responsibility Hayley Batt, Aston MBA student 
14:50 - 15:15 Refreshment break

Sir Michael Lyons
Chairman English Cities Fund
Formerly chairman BBC trust & Chief Executive Birmingham City Council

Helga Edstorm, Head of Local intelligence, Office for Civil Society, DCMS

Lorna Gavin, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility, GowlingWLG

Rosie Ginday, Managing Director, Miss Macaroon CIC

Su Pickerill, Group Community Investment Manager, Wates Group

Richard Dawson, Communications & Marketing Officer, BVSC

15:15 - 16:15 Panel debate The Future of Corporate & Entrepreneurial Responsibility
16:30 Close


Location, Directions & Car Parking

The Birmingham CSR Summit will be held at Aston Business School (Campus Map location No.5):

Aston Business School
Aston Street
B4 7ET
Tel: 0121 204 3368

Directions on how to reach Aston Business School.

There is limited parking available on campus. Please use Car Park 5 (Campus Map location No.24); this is a pay & display car park (Note: Ticket machines accept over-payment but no change is given.) 

Overflow parking is available at Millennium Point (access via south side of Jennens Road). 

Summit Venue

The Summit will be held at Aston Business School.

On arrival delegates will be required to check-in.
Check-In will be located adjacent to the Courtyard Lounge, Conference Aston on the Ground Floor of Aston Business School. Delegates will be issued with a Summit Conference Badge which they must wear at all times within the venue.

All Summit sessions will be held in the Room 1  and nearby breakout rooms.  Plenary sessions will take place in the Room 1.  Lunch* and refreshments will be served in the MBA Lounge Weather permitting, delegates will also have access to the outside Courtyard area.

*If you have any special dietary requirements, please let the catering staff know at the food station; they will advise you on suitability of items available and to provide special food options. Vegetarian options will also be available.