The BID Foundation is creating four working groups to support the development of key knowledge areas and policy positions within the membership.
The working groups are:
These four key areas are on every BID’s agenda up and down the country, so we invite all our members to be part of a BID Foundation working group. Join us to help broaden the conversation and bring your ideas and experience to help influence local and national place policy discussions.
To be a part of a TBF working group, please apply at https://forms.monday.com/forms/d0b757aecf96b1c92e18e518bf7a30d7?r=use1.
Each working group is led by a BID Foundation member who is an experienced practitioner in their respective field.
Over the past five years, I have had the privilege of spearheading the marketing efforts at WeAreWaterloo. During this time, I have developed a deep understanding of placemaking, place marketing and place activation and the essential role BIDs have in this space.
I love that my job affords me the opportunity to share authentic stories in creative ways, particularly in Waterloo – an area close to mine and my family’s hearts. Uncovering its hidden gems and watching different audiences fall in love with its quirks is a true passion of mine, and we’re enjoying experimenting with new platforms such as TikTok and micro-influencers to push the ‘Waterloo’ letter further and foster meaningful engagement for our levy payers.
Now, as the Chair of the Place Marketing Working Group, I am excited to create a friendly space where members can come together to share expertise, best practice and troubleshoot regularly. I'm so looking forward to getting started!
Safe and Secure
After a 20-year career in retail store management, Jonathan Newman was appointed as Great Yarmouth’s town centre manager in 2002. He delivered the town’s first successful ballot for a five-year BID term in 2006 and has overseen three renewal ballots since then. As a predominantly retail BID area, a significant element of what Great Yarmouth BID (GYBID) delivers for its levy payers is around the Safe and Secure agenda.
Jonathan manages a team of town centre street wardens that combined with a town radio link, exclusion scheme and secure cloud-based offender database aims to promote a safe town centre for businesses and visitors alike. He is also responsible for managing the town’s CCTV system which is staffed 24/7 by dedicated CCTV operators who work closely with the street wardens, businesses, and police to monitor and deter crime across Great Yarmouth including its seafront, retail parks and town centre. Jonathan has been a Member of the IPM since 2008 and has served on The BID Foundation Council since it was established in 2018.
Stephanie is the Executive Director of BID Leamington, a business-led partnership delivering projects and services aimed at enhancing the trading environment in Royal Leamington Spa. She is a High Street Task Force expert and sits on the BID Foundation Leadership Council and the Association of Town and City Management Advisory Council.
Prior to this Stephanie worked for both the private and public sector on multi-disciplinary planning and strategic development projects in the UK and abroad. She is originally from New Zealand and has a first-class honours degree in Resource and Environmental Planning and a Master's degree in Public Administration – Global Diversity Governance, which she completed in 2020 with distinction. Stephanie is passionate about working together to build sustainable, inclusive, connected and resilient places.
Net Zero and Environmental Sustainability
Jack Skillen has been integrating fields of neighbourhood regeneration, active travel and sustainable cities since completing his MSc in City, Space and Society in 2004. He worked at Living Streets for several years, initially nationally and ultimately as London Director, successfully making the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street a key issue in the 2016 Mayoral elections.
As Placeshaping Director at Team London Bridge since 2016, Jack is leading strategic missions to make a ‘net zero’ business district by 2030 and an exemplar green and healthy street environment for walking and cycling. He is an Expert for the High Streets Task Force and a Fellow of the IPM. On Saturdays, he coaches under-14s football.