The Board

When the BID launched in October 2014 we operated with an interim Board in order to get things up and running as quickly as possible. However, we committed to the establishment of a permanent Board of Directors by Spring 2015 to give every levy payer the opportunity to nominate themselves for a position and, in the event of a ballot being required, to vote for their preferred candidates.

On the 17th March 2015 we secured Board Directors for the 13 available permanent Board places following an extensive process overseen by Canterbury City Council Electoral Services Department, which did not require a ballot as we had the exact number of nominations as we had places available. Click here to view the Board Member Job Description or click here to view the 2015 Election Process.

Board Members

alex-ridings-webAlex Ridings

Position: Managing Director
Company: Think Agency


Clive Relf - B&W - webClive Relf – Chair

Position: Tax Partner
Company: Kreston Reeves


Dan Grimwood - web

Dan Grimwood

Position: Owner
Company: The Refectory Kitchen



David Lilford-webDavid Lilford

Position: Owner
Company: Lilford Gallery & Lilford Framing


declan-kelly-webDeclan Kelly

Position: General Manager
Company: Abode Hotel


Ian Blackmore - WebIan Blackmore

Position: Landlord
Company: The Jolly Sailor


Jeremy-Licence-web2Jeremy Licence

Position: Partner & Head of Real Estate
Company: Furley Page


Marco Keir - webMarco Keir

Position: Director of Marketing and Communications
Company: Canterbury Christ Church University


Paula Gillespie-web

Paula Gillespie

Position: General Manager
Company: The Marlowe Theatre


peter-scutt - web

Peter Scutt – Vice Chair

Position: General Manager
Company: Whitefriars



Robert Brady

Position: Director
Company: Regal Estates



Bob-Jones-2-webBob Jones

Position: Chief Executive
Company: Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District


caroline-hicks - webCaroline Hicks

Position: Head of Business and Regeneration
Canterbury City Council
Local Authority



Dave Hughes

Position: Head of Business Engagement and Economic Development
Company: Kent County Council
Representing: Local Authority


Therese Heslop-webTherese Heslop

Position: Director of Visits & Marketing
Company: Canterbury Cathedral
Representing: Tourism


Observers (non-voting)

place-holderMitchell Fox

Position: Chief Inspector
Company: Kent Police
Representing: Local Community


Craig-GriffinCraig Griffin

Position: Treasurer
 Canterbury Society
Representing: Residents