6th Birmingham CSR Summit 

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Tomorrow’s World Today: Future of Responsible Business

Please note: booking is now full.

Date: Friday 7th September 2018 

Location: Aston Business School, B4 7ET

The Birmingham CSR Summit is the premier one-day conference bringing together senior business leaders, CSR practitioners, public sector executives, academia, leaders in the third sector & charities and community representatives. 

This year the Summit will take a forward-looking perspective and debate the future (if any) for CSR in Birmingham and the West Midlands.  Although the future is essentially unknowable, what we have achieved in the past should be every cause for hope.  But, as author LP Hartley put it, “The future is a foreign country; they do things differently there!”

The Summit will open with a Keynote Address from West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street; Andy will set out his priorities for community and social action, much of which is already under way.

Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and share insight and (most importantly) foresight by participating in two (from three) elective Breakout Workshops, each facilitated by a recognised leader in the field:

  • Education (including adult skills agenda)
  • Homelessness
  • Social Isolation

After a networking lunch, we will hear from future business leaders (current Aston Business School MBA students) as to how they see the future for CSR and their plans for implementation when they return to their careers and develop influence in their businesses.

We will hold a Panel Debate with a diverse spectrum of CSR practitioners and stakeholders to hack out the Summit vision for the future of CSR in Birmingham and the West Midlands.


Registration Fees

Business/Corporate: £60.00  
Charities: £30.00 
(Charity Reg No. Required)
Student: £0.00 
(Limited places available)

Charities and student places are sponsored by Aston University.
Registration fee includes Summit attendance, lunch and refreshments. Free WiFi is also available throughout the venue.


  • Dr Judy Scully 
    Senior Lecturer 
    Aston Business School        
  • Dr Nick Venning
    Thrive CSR Network
  • Joel Blake OBE
    Founder & Managing Director
    Cultiv8 Solutions Consulting


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:

Social Isolation

Anne Ainsworth, Interim Executive Director for Children & Young People, BCC 
Jean Templeton, Chief Executive, St Basils

Martin Graham, Director, Street Associations

Coffee/tea available in Lounge throughout Breakout Workshop sessions

12.30 - 13.00 (4 x 5 minutes) Workshops feedback
13.00 - 14.00 Networking lunch

14.00 - 14.30 A healthier city: Today's inequalities, Tomorrow's solutions
14.30 - 14.50 Tomorrow's Business Leaders: Perspectives on Corporate Responsibility
14.50 - 15.15 Refreshment break
15.15 - 16.15 Panel debate: The Future of Corporate & Entrepreneurial Responsibility

16.30 Close
Workshop reporters

Professor Asif Ahmed
Pro-Vice Chancellor & Executive Dean, Aston Medical School
Hayley Batt, Aston MBA student
Sir Michael Lyons
Chairman English Cities Fund
Formerly chairman BBC trust & Chief Executive Birmingham City Council 

  • Helga Edstrom, 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 

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. 

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