Executive Committee

The Society is run by its Executive Committee including four honorary officers. The Committee has powers to co-opt up to three additional members. Elections take place at the Society’s AGM in July of each year.

The Executive – until the 30th AGM in 2022 – includes:

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Dr Peter Borg-Bartolo FTLS

Chair

Dr Peter Borg-Bartolo FTLS

Dr Peter Borg-Bartolo is a self-described “adopted son” of Birmingham. Originally from Malta, Peter trained in London as well as Birmingham and until recently was a GP in Weoley Castle since 1985.
He has a keen interest in the social, architectural and industrial heritage of Birmingham.
Peter is a firm believer in the mission of the Lunar Society and passionate about promoting a brighter future for the community. He has previously served as a Lunar Society Executive Committee member and was Vice-Chair 2019-2021.

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Clive Stone FTLS

Vice-Chair

Clive Stone FTLS

Clive is active in a number of organisations including being CEO of LCS Professional Services, his management consultancy company founded in 2010, Chairman of Seven Trent Trust Fund, a Deputy Lieutenant for the County and a Trustee of various charities including Services For Education.
He previously founded Redcliffe in 1987, where he was the CEO and Chairman for 26 years. In December 2013 he sold Redcliffe which, at that time, was recognised as one of the UK’s leading independent catering services, employing 250 personnel and providing full facility management to clients throughout the Midlands. In 2016 he also sold his conference and banqueting company. In 2006 he was awarded the Midlands Business Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.
He has previously served as an Executive Committee Member and until his election as Vice-Chair was Hon. Secretary.

Charmaine Burton

Charmaine Burton FTLS

Honorary Secretary

Charmaine Burton FTLS

A social entrepreneur, communications specialist, political broadcaster and a former House of Commons Committee on Standards Lay Member, Charmaine also became the vice chair of the committee on Standards Sub-Committee Code of Conduct and Guide review in March 2019. Charmaine is a member of the WMPCC Strategic Policing and Crime Board and a Council member of the Community Media Association. She is also executive producer and presenter of the Different Anglez politics and current affairs radio show.
Previously a Member of the Executive Committee, Charmaine has been responsible for creating and delivering several of the Society’s events, most notably the highly successful hustings prior to the election of the Mayor of the Combined Authority of the West Midlands, and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner in 2021 - the only events in the region to have representation from every candidate.

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Mark Purcell FTLS

Honorary Treasurer

Mark Purcell FTLS

Mark’s career journey towards being one of the few remaining bespoke tailors within the Midlands has taken in, along the way, an engineering apprenticeship and road managing musicians and bands around the UK.

All of this experience to date has helped inform his interest into the history of the Midlands from a skills and craft perspective, and the industries that continue today.

Mark has previously served as an Executive Committee member of the Lunar Society.

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Deirdre LaBassiere FTLS

Immediate Past-Chair

Deirdre LaBassiere FTLS

Deirdre LaBassiere LL.B (Hons) is a governance specialist with 18 years’ experience in legal and regulatory environments. Her vast experience includes advising, training and supporting organisations in governance, compliance, risk and assurance; more recently in data protection with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Deirdre is currently the Governance & Compliance Manager at Housing21, a leading provider of retirement housing and extra-care living for older people and is also a much sought after public-speaker and consultant.

Deirdre was an early board member of organisations such as the Black Solicitors Network, the Future Melting Pot CIC and the Birmingham Leadership Foundation and has served as Honorary Secretary of the Lunar Society. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, she currently serves on the board of Women Acting In Today's Society (W.A.I.T.S).

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Atif Ali FTLS

Executive Committee Member

Atif Ali FTLS

Atif is a programme officer at Birmingham City Council and works in the inequalities team in Public Health. He has a Master's in Law (LLM) from the University of Birmingham and volunteers for a number of boards in the City.

Atif is a Co-opted Independent Member at Bournville Village Trust Housing & Community Services Committee and a Trustee at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Atif was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours list - ‘for services to the Community in Birmingham during Covid19’.

He was elected to The Lunar Society Executive Committee in 2021.

David Dundas

David Dundas FTLS

Committee Member

David Dundas FTLS

David Dundas graduated from St Andrews in 1964 with a BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

During a successful career he has held senior positions in pharmaceuticals and energy companies. His strong interest is that of climate change focusing on alternatives sources of energy of the future, primarily hydrogen and also fusion nuclear energy.

He hopes to return his wide scientific, engineering and management experience back to society, thus helping the UK on the road to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, taking inspiration from the forward thinking of the Lunar Society trailblazers.

David has also been a Governor of Burton Hospital for 7 years and is now a Lichfield City Councillor for 20 years.

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Stuart Guy FTLS

Committee Member

Stuart Guy FTLS

Stuart has a BSC in Chemistry, PhD in process engineering and a keen interest in sustainable systems (not theoretical, but soundly based on known science). He now runs his own environmental consultancy and enjoys the challenges that it brings.

He has organized reunions for Chemistry and Minerals Engineering, held offices of President, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership in the Rotary Club of Birmingham.

Stuart is keen to involve all ages in promoting the understanding of science and to widen the appeal by encouraging appreciation of arts, history, and how science and engineering fit into all aspects of our society.

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Tina Swani

Executive Committee Member

Tina Swani

Tina's main working role is Chief Executive of Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust with its 500-year heritage of support and empowerment of people in the Royal Town. A Chartered Marketer with a Master in Business Tina is also freelance consultant for transformation and sustainability of charities, having previously worked as CEO of Birmingham St Mary's Hospice for 19 years and subsequently as Future Vision Programme Lead at Hospice UK.
A huge inspiration in Tina's life was her grandmother who was President of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick in its founding days. Proactively committed to equality, diversity and inclusion Tina is a Trustee of WAITS Action, a charity supporting women experiencing domestic abuse, as well as providing first-hand support to her own elderly parents.
She was elected to The Lunar Society Executive Committee in 2021.

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Frances Anderson FTLS

Co-opted Member

Frances Anderson FTLS

Frances Anderson is a partner at VWV LLP and specialises in intellectual property, technology and commercial law. She has advised a number of arts organisations both locally and nationally. She has been involved in MediaCityUK in Salford, the First Direct Arena (Leeds), the Library of Birmingham and the Cultural Olympiad. Frances also works with private sector clients and universities on research commercialisation and technology licensing.

She is currently a Guardian of the Birmingham Assay Office, a non-executive director of the BE Festival and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Dr Peter Mayer FTLS

Co-opted Member

Dr Peter Mayer FTLS

Peter Mayer is the Society’s Heritage Lead. He has been a member of the Society for more than 20 years and has served on the Executive Committee as Chairman (2011-2013); he is a former membership secretary, vice chair and honorary secretary.

Peter is a former consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine, and his past NHS roles include director of research and development, elderly service manager and medical staff representative.

He has been involved in the voluntary sector throughout his career, setting up the local Crossroads in 1984 and was a national trustee of Carers Trust. He is Chair of Age UK Birmingham and a Rotary International district officer.

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John Rainford FTLS

Co-opted Member

John Rainford FTLS

John is co-creator of Darwin Matrix App - Technology & Business Intelligence, Director of Rapid innovation for Business Development at Birmingham City University, Visiting Fellow of the University of Birmingham Business School Entrepreneurship (MBA) and Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management.

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Clarke Associates

Communications support

Clarke Associates

The Executive Committee is supported by Clarke Associates, the West Midlands public relations, communications and marketing consultancy. The consultancy is responsible for the Society’s communications, membership development, event management, membership support and administration. The consultancy is well-known in Birmingham and the West Midlands and is led by David Clarke DL with membership administration undertaken by Karen Stanley.