Meet The Team

As the leading membership organisation for BIDs, our friendly, knowledgable and experienced team work hard to ensure our members receive a valuable service from us. Our team is made up of policy professionals, marketing specialists, BID managers, research academics and corporate services. All of whom continue work or have worked as BID practitioners. Find out about us below and feel free to get in touch.

Professor Christopher Turner
Chief Executive

Economist and Information scientist, Chris worked initially at the British Institute of Management before moving into academic research and teaching and then becoming Chief Executive of British BIDs. Chris now focuses on BID research, business intelligence and local and central government relationships for Bb.

Chris is Business Development Director of the Winchester Business Improvement District and he successfully took the BID through its renewal votes in 2012 and 2017. Chris authors the annual National BID Survey, and is an assessor and tutor on the Certificate in BID Management.

He continues to work regularly in South East Asia, USA and Europe for the University of Winchester and visits business groups and BIDs around the world.

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Fiona Wright
Director

Fiona has worked in place marketing for over 20 years. Having previously worked on large-scale property development projects for a national property marketing agency, Fiona brings an understanding of place into the BID world since 2009.

Fiona works alongside a number of BIDs in providing marketing support and communication strategies.

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Trish Summers
Director

Trish has worked in the place management industry since 2002. Trish works closely with a number of BIDs, providing finance and HR support.

trish.summers@britishbids.info

Economist and Information scientist, Chris worked initially at the British Institute of Management before moving into academic research and teaching and then becoming Chief Executive of British BIDs. Chris now focuses on BID research, business intelligence and local and central government relationships for Bb.

Chris is Business Development Director of the Winchester Business Improvement District and he successfully took the BID through its renewal votes in 2012 and 2017. Chris authors the annual National BID Survey, and is an assessor and tutor on the Certificate in BID Management.

He continues to work regularly in South East Asia, USA and Europe for the University of Winchester and visits business groups and BIDs around the world.

chris@britishbids.info View on LinkedIn

Fiona has worked in place marketing for over 20 years. Having previously worked on large-scale property development projects for a national property marketing agency, Fiona brings an understanding of place into the BID world since 2009.

Fiona works alongside a number of BIDs in providing marketing support and communication strategies.

fiona@britishbids.info View on LinkedIn

Trish has worked in the place management industry since 2002. Trish works closely with a number of BIDs, providing finance and HR support.

trish.summers@britishbids.info
Mel Richardson
Membership support

Mel has been involved with BIDs since 2006 when she started developing Cornwall BIDs. Mel has developed and supported numerous BIDs through successful first ballots and renewals. She has supported BIDs at all levels from feasibility to ballot as well as providing advice on governance issues including auditing BIDs for the accreditation award. Mel also has a part time role managing Newham BID, a thriving business park on the edge of Truro City Centre in Cornwall. Mel supports our members, ensuring that they get the information, advice and good governance guidance they need to prosper and also coordinates the Industrial BIDs Group.

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Ben Collins
Associate Director

Ben is responsible for British BIDs operations including the provision of membership services, training and supporting members on a daily basis. Ben has worked in place management since 2002 and BIDs since 2005. Ben leads on British BIDs events including the National BIDs Conference and works closely with businesses and place shapers across the UK.

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Emily Richards
Associate Director, Marketing

Emily supports British BIDs members with marketing and communications advice. Whether you are a developing BID or heading into your renewal, Emily is able to provide advice on how you can best communicate with your stakeholders, what an engaging business plan entails, how to run your social media, create engaging content and much more.

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Mel has been involved with BIDs since 2006 when she started developing Cornwall BIDs. Mel has developed and supported numerous BIDs through successful first ballots and renewals. She has supported BIDs at all levels from feasibility to ballot as well as providing advice on governance issues including auditing BIDs for the accreditation award. Mel also has a part time role managing Newham BID, a thriving business park on the edge of Truro City Centre in Cornwall. Mel supports our members, ensuring that they get the information, advice and good governance guidance they need to prosper and also coordinates the Industrial BIDs Group.

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Ben is responsible for British BIDs operations including the provision of membership services, training and supporting members on a daily basis. Ben has worked in place management since 2002 and BIDs since 2005. Ben leads on British BIDs events including the National BIDs Conference and works closely with businesses and place shapers across the UK.

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Emily supports British BIDs members with marketing and communications advice. Whether you are a developing BID or heading into your renewal, Emily is able to provide advice on how you can best communicate with your stakeholders, what an engaging business plan entails, how to run your social media, create engaging content and much more.

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Maria Chapman-Beer
Policy Manager

Maria has worked in the BID industry for over 14 years and provides trusted support to members on the practical aspects of running BIDs, BID processes and the BID regulations. In her work, Maria was responsible for the management of the MHCLG BID Loan Fund which supported the development of a number of BIDs across the UK.

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Evan Gartland
Business Development Executive

Evan is the first point of contact for British BIDs members. Evan assists with a range of queries from members on a daily basis, coordinates the BID Academy training programme and is involved in Bb events.

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Abby Thomlinson
Corporate Services Manager

Working in the BID industry since 2015, Abby works on all aspects of finance and personnel for British BIDs, including supporting our BIDs and Business Buddy clients. Abby is on hand to help members with finance queries.

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Maria has worked in the BID industry for over 14 years and provides trusted support to members on the practical aspects of running BIDs, BID processes and the BID regulations. In her work, Maria was responsible for the management of the MHCLG BID Loan Fund which supported the development of a number of BIDs across the UK.

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Evan is the first point of contact for British BIDs members. Evan assists with a range of queries from members on a daily basis, coordinates the BID Academy training programme and is involved in Bb events.

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Working in the BID industry since 2015, Abby works on all aspects of finance and personnel for British BIDs, including supporting our BIDs and Business Buddy clients. Abby is on hand to help members with finance queries.

abby@britishbids.info View on LinkedIn
Jade Costa
Senior Marketing Executive

Jade is responsible for the British BIDs marketing and communications and provides support to a number of BIDs. Jade is also involved in the delivery of training and events.

jade.costa@savillspm.co.uk
Alison Collis
HR and Corporate Services

Alison has worked within the HR arena for many years, joining the British BIDs team in 2018. Alison works with BIDs in assisting with recruitment and personnel functions.

alison.collis@britishbids.info

Jade is responsible for the British BIDs marketing and communications and provides support to a number of BIDs. Jade is also involved in the delivery of training and events.

jade.costa@savillspm.co.uk

Alison has worked within the HR arena for many years, joining the British BIDs team in 2018. Alison works with BIDs in assisting with recruitment and personnel functions.

alison.collis@britishbids.info