Canterbury Bid

The Board

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 the Shadow Board put themselves forward by nominating themselves as permanent Board Members and have now served a first 30 month term, overseeing how the BID uses levy payers money effectively, appropriately, sensibly and transparently.

In October 2017, all of these 13 positions were open for any qualifying levy payer to self-nominate. Nomination Packs were hand delivered to every levy paying business across the BID area by the Ambassadors. There was a total of 18 nominations for the 13 available places on the BID Board, which meant that a ballot was held. 60 votes were cast and we were delighted with the involvement of so many city centre businesses in this process.


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Alex Ridings Blake McCaskill
Position: Managing Director Position: Director
Company: Think Agency Company: Republic Events
Board Sector: Business Services Board Sector: General
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Clare Millett Clive Relf
Position: Chief Executive Position: Tax Partner
Company: The Westgate Hall Company: Kreston Reeves
Board Sector: General Board Sector: Business Services
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Dan Grimwood David Lilford
Position: Owner Position: Owner
Company: The Refectory Kitchen Company: Lilford Gallery & Lilford Framing
Board Sector: Hospitality Board Sector: Small Retail
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David Redgate Ian Blackmore
Position: Commercial Property Partner Position: Landlord
Company: Girlings Solicitors Company: The Jolly Sailor
Board Sector: General Board Sector: Night Time Economy
Jonathan Fitter-Harding Karl Elliot
Position: Director of Client Relations Position: Managing Partner
Company: Dodgems & Floss Company: Clague Architects
Board Sector: General Board Sector: General
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Marco Keir Paula Gillespie
Position: Director of Marketing and Communications Position: General Manager
Company: Canterbury Christ Church University Company: The Marlowe Theatre
Board Sector: Education Board Sector: General
Paul Strong
Position: Head of Finance
Company: Fenwick Canterbury
Board Sector: Large Retail



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Caroline Hicks David Hughes
Position: Head of Business & Regeneration Position: Head of Business Engagement & Economic Development
Company: Canterbury City Council Company: Kent County Council
Board Sector: Local Authority Board Sector: Local Authority
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Peter Scutt Therese Heslop
Position: General Manager Position: Director of Visits & Marketing
Company: Whitefriars Company: Canterbury Cathedral
Board Sector: Shopping Centre Board Sector: Tourism


Chief Exec (non-voting)

Lisa Carlson
Position: Chief Executive
Company: Canterbury Business Improvement District


Observers (non-voting)

Richard Scase
Position: Committee Member
Company: Canterbury Society
Board Sector: Residents