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.


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: Immense Tours
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