Central England General Branch
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Central England General Branch

Hello and welcome to the Central England General Branch.

The social and networking club for professional performers and creatives based in the Midlands region. A place to come for help, advice, friendship, support and fun. And it's not just for actors!!

Like all the Equity branches in the UK, the Central England branch is run by a committee, maximum of nine Equity professional performers and creatives who were elected by their fellow branch members. They are not employed by Equity, but give up a few hours a month to help give Equity members based in the Midlands a powerful voice through the organisation of campaigns and regional events.

We hold regular meetings and social events which attract members from a wide area, which includes Birmingham and all of the East and West Midlands, so why not bring a fellow member and car share? Our meetings often have a guest speaker or an element of professional development. New and student members are always very very welcome.

We usually meet on the second Monday of each month.

Our next meeting is on February 9th, 7.30pm at The Wellington real ale pub, top floor, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham city centre, B2 5SN.

The guest speaker will be Emmanuel de Lange, who is Equity's Low Pay No Pay industrial organiser.

Appointed in April 2014, his role includes representing members working off contracts, promoting the use of Equity agreements in independent and low budget productions, leading the enforcement of the national minimum wage, and taking forward Equity's campaigning to tackle low and no pay.

Emmanuel will speak and take questions on:

- what can  Equity do about low and no pay?

- professionally made, professionally paid: Equity's 2015 low and no pay campaign.


If you would like to know more about our branch please contact the branch Public Relations Officer, David Edgar at davidedgar@gmx.co.uk

We also have a Equity Central England General Branch Facebook group.


2014/16 Branch committee members

David Edgar (Public Relations Officer)
Linda Hargreaves
Sunny Dhap (Vice-Chair)
Jenny Stokes
Simon Grenville (Chair)
Gareth Wyn-Jones (Treasurer)
Rachel Dealtry (Assistant Secretary)
Marc Phillips (Secretary)

Banner photographs kindly provided by Graeme Braidwood