Canterbury Bid

The Board

The management and governance of the BID is open and transparent and is accountable to the levy payers. Your BID is operated by a BID team led by a voluntary Board of Directors, representing the business sectors who operate in the city and including the Cathedral, Whitefriars Shopping Centre, Canterbury City Council, Kent County Council, and observers from residents’ groups and Kent Police. Each of them volunteer over 40 hours of their time each year to the BID.

The composition of the Board reflects the breakdown of the levy payers across the city. Working with Kent Police and leading on Purple Flag means that we have an effective crime reduction partnership in the city. Allowing residents groups to be observers ensures our commitment to including the voice of the wider community.

Canterbury BID Board meets regularly to ensure best practice and best value in all that we do. The Board takes responsibility for the strategic and financial management of the BID. Alongside the Board there are a variety of working groups and forums that feed into the Board.

Board minutes, operations reports and annual accounts are published on the BID website.


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


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
Peter Scutt Andrew Edwards
Position: General Manager Position: Executive Director,
Strategic Development
Company: Whitefriars Company: Canterbury Cathedral
Board Sector: Shopping Centre Board Sector: Tourism


Richard Scase Ian Blackmore
Position: Committee Member Position: Owner
Company: Canterbury Society Company: Jolly Sailor
Events, Bars and Festivals
Board Sector: Residents Board Sector: Night Time Economy
Sue Langdown Mark Weller
Position: Committee Member Position: District Commander
Company: The Alliance of Canterbury Residents Groups Company: Kent Police
Board Sector: Residents Board Sector: Police