The Board

Your New BID Board – October 2017

When the BID started three years ago following the successful Ballot in July 2014, it was led by a ‘shadow’ Board, made up principally of local business people giving of their own time, which had overseen the development of the Proposal and ballot campaign.

In early 2015, all of these people put themselves forward by nominating themselves as permanent Board Members and have now served their first 30 month term, overseeing how the BID uses levy payers money effectively, appropriately, sensibly and transparently. Having completed their first term, all of these 13 positions were open for any qualifying levy payer to self-nominate. Nomination Packs were hand delivered the week of 4th September 2017 to every levy paying business across the BID area by the Ambassadors and the nomination process was open from 25th September, closing on 6th October at 5pm.

We received a total of 18 nominations for the 13 available places on the BID Board, which meant that a ballot was held on Monday 16th October from 8am to 6:30pm in the ABode Hotel. We are really pleased that we have so many levy payers interested and willing to serve on the BID Board. While we only have thirteen places available on the Board, we will make sure that we continue to work with anyone who is not successful on this occasion to involve them in the work of the BID and to give them every opportunity to contribute as we move forward.

60 votes were cast and we were delighted with the involvement of so many city centre businesses in this process.

Board Members

Ian Blackmore

Position: Landlord
Company: The Jolly Sailor
Board Sector: Night Time Economy


Karl Elliot

Position: Managing Partner
: Clague Architects
Board Sector: General


Jonathan Fitter-Harding

Position: Director of Client Relations
: Dodgems & Floss
Board Sector: General


Paula Gillespie

Position: General Manager
Company: The Marlowe Theatre
Board Sector: General


Dan Grimwood

Position: Owner
Company: The Refectory Kitchen
Board Sector: Hospitality


Marco Keir

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


David Lilford

Position: Owner
Company: Lilford Gallery & Lilford Framing
Board Sector: Small Retail


Blake McCaskill

Position: Director
: Republic Events
Board Sector: General


Clare Millett

Position: Chief Executive
: The Westgate Hall
Board Sector: General


David Redgate

Position: Partner in Commercial Property
: Girlings Solicitors
Board Sector: General


Clive Relf 

Position: Tax Partner
Company: Kreston Reeves
Board Sector: Business Services


Alex Ridings

Position: Managing Director
Company: Think Agency
Board Sector: Business Services


Paul Strong

Position: Head of Finance
Company: Fenwick Canterbury
Board Sector: Large Retail



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


peter-scutt - web

Peter Scutt 

Position: General Manager
Company: Whitefriars
Representing: Shopping Centre



Chief Exec (non-voting)

Bob Jones

Position: Chief Executive
Company: Canterbury Business Improvement District


Observers (non-voting)

Richard Scase

Position: Committee Member
Company: Canterbury Society
Representing: Residents



Craig-GriffinCraig Griffin

Position: Treasurer
 Canterbury Society
Representing: Residents