Statement from the Board of Trustees

Following the recent move of our first director to The Design Council the Board have agreed to make a new interim appointment.

Steve Graham will be assisting the Board over the next six months to develop a strategy and build on the achievements of our first two years taking us forward to the next stage of our development. The focus will be on strengthening our financial base and increasing the support we can give to our member societies over the coming years. Steve is just in post and will work 3 days a week. Steve is based in Newcastle.

Paula Ridley, Chair of Civic Voice, said: “we are looking forward to working with Steve and are delighted that his wide experience of the sector and enthusiasm for our work will give Civic Voice the best possible chance of a stable future”.

Steve added “I am very much looking forward to working with the Board and members in taking Civic Voice to the next level and feel it’s a real privilege to be asked to fulfill the role of Director. There are many challenges for us to face, especially in the current climate, but feel that with my long history of working in the voluntary sector we can also take advantage of opportunities and work together to strengthen and grow the civic movement. I am impressed with Civic Voice’s achievements in such a short time but we need to build on this, gain new skills and enhance the membership” .


Steve is an award winning sustainable development strategist and practitioner, working since 1980s for national charities, most recently Keep Britain Tidy, been a policy advisor at DEFRA, as well as on initiatives abroad and developing programmes with the UN and WWF. Steve has volunteered locally, acted as a trustee for community and environmental charities and currently sits on the Board of several national programmes.