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. We are driven by our vision of delivering quality, innovation and knowledge to the industry. 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 focusses 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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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

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Maria Chapman-Beer
Policy Manager

Maria’s experience of working in BIDs over the past 13 years has enabled her to assist developing and existing BIDs with general enquiries, the practical aspects of running BIDs, BID processes and also with the BID regulations. In her work, Maria views many of the BID Business Plans and can be of assistance to members with advice on the Plans and meeting the National BID Criteria.

Maria also works on the MHCLG BID Loan Fund administered by British BIDs, assisting existing recipients through the BID development milestones and new applicants when applying for a loan.

Maria prides herself on being approachable and works closely with the team to provide a quality service to our members.

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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 focusses 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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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

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Maria’s experience of working in BIDs over the past 13 years has enabled her to assist developing and existing BIDs with general enquiries, the practical aspects of running BIDs, BID processes and also with the BID regulations. In her work, Maria views many of the BID Business Plans and can be of assistance to members with advice on the Plans and meeting the National BID Criteria.

Maria also works on the MHCLG BID Loan Fund administered by British BIDs, assisting existing recipients through the BID development milestones and new applicants when applying for a loan.

Maria prides herself on being approachable and works closely with the team to provide a quality service to our members.

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Drew Turner
Business Development Executive

Drew has over 10 years of experience in account management and customer relations. His main focus with Bb is promoting the BID Academy courses and assisting with membership queries. Drew also assists with the planning and organisation of events. Attending several of the courses himself, Drew feels relationship building goes a long way. Having a dedicated point of contact gives off a trusting, feelgood approach.

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Ben Collins
Client Relationship Manager

Ben is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the membership services that we provide as well as assisting BIDs with queries and supporting members on a daily basis. Ben has worked in BID management since 2005 and in town centre management before then. Ben leads on British BIDs events including the National BIDs Conference. Ben is also the Ilford BID Manager.

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Emily Richards
Marketing Manager

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

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Drew has over 10 years of experience in account management and customer relations. His main focus with Bb is promoting the BID Academy courses and assisting with membership queries. Drew also assists with the planning and organisation of events. Attending several of the courses himself, Drew feels relationship building goes a long way. Having a dedicated point of contact gives off a trusting, feelgood approach.

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Ben is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the membership services that we provide as well as assisting BIDs with queries and supporting members on a daily basis. Ben has worked in BID management since 2005 and in town centre management before then. Ben leads on British BIDs events including the National BIDs Conference. Ben is also the Ilford BID Manager.

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

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Fiona Wright
Director

Fiona has worked in place marketing for over 20 years. She previously worked on large-scale property development projects for a national property marketing agency. She brought this understanding of place # into the BID world in 2009.

Fiona is heavily involved at practitioner level as the Marketing Director for Ipswich Central. She has worked with and continues to work with numerous BIDs providing marketing and communication strategies.

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Paul Clement
Director

Paul has been a Director of British BIDs since 2013. Today, he primarily contributes to the training programme and to various guidance and policy papers, as well as providing technical support to developing, operating and renewing member BIDs. His enthusiasm has been the ways in which places adapt to remain relevant and he has always seen BIDs as an important mechanic within the wider place shaping arena.

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Abby Thomlinson
Corporate Services Manager

As Corporate Services Manager, Abby works on all aspects of Finance and Personnel for British BIDs. Abby is on hand to help members with and queries and also administers the MHCLG along side Maria. their discount codes. She also administers the MHCLG BID Loan fund alongside Maria.

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Fiona has worked in place marketing for over 20 years. She previously worked on large-scale property development projects for a national property marketing agency. She brought this understanding of place # into the BID world in 2009.

Fiona is heavily involved at practitioner level as the Marketing Director for Ipswich Central. She has worked with and continues to work with numerous BIDs providing marketing and communication strategies.

fiona@britishbids.info View on LinkedIn

Paul has been a Director of British BIDs since 2013. Today, he primarily contributes to the training programme and to various guidance and policy papers, as well as providing technical support to developing, operating and renewing member BIDs. His enthusiasm has been the ways in which places adapt to remain relevant and he has always seen BIDs as an important mechanic within the wider place shaping arena.

paul@britishbids.info View on LinkedIn

As Corporate Services Manager, Abby works on all aspects of Finance and Personnel for British BIDs. Abby is on hand to help members with and queries and also administers the MHCLG along side Maria. their discount codes. She also administers the MHCLG BID Loan fund alongside Maria.

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Sarah Bevan
Creative Artworker and Marketing Support

With nearly 10 years of experience in design and marketing, Sarah provides support to our members with marketing, branding and communication. Sarah is responsible for British BID's social media feeds and website.

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With nearly 10 years of experience in design and marketing, Sarah provides support to our members with marketing, branding and communication. Sarah is responsible for British BID's social media feeds and website.

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