Sir Bernard Zissman


Sir Bernard Zissman has been a Partner at Advantage Business Angels since 2003.  He is Chairman of AQC Consulting Ltd, Cerebrum Private Equity Ltd and Lambton Tailoring and has served as Chairman and Non-Executive Director of a number of small-to-medium companies,

He was formerly a member of the Council of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its Policy Group.

Sir Bernard served as a leading member of Birmingham City Council for thirty years, during which time he was elected Leader of the Conservative Group, and Lord Mayor of Birmingham.  He led the teams which developed the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall and the successful development of Millennium Point in the Eastside of Birmingham.

Appointed by Network Rail, Sir Bernard chaired the judging panel which selected the design, and architect, for Birmingham’s £600 million Grand Central development at New Street Station.

Sir Bernard is a trustee of the CBSO Benevolent Fund, Open Prepaid Funeral Trust,a member of the Appeal Council of the recently completed National Memorial Arboretum and former Chairman of the Midlands Committee for the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

Knighted for public and political services in 1996, he holds Honorary Degrees from the University of Birmingham [1997] and Birmingham City University [2001]. He is the author two published books, Knight out with Chamberlain and Herzl’s Journey.

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