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Meet the Team

Office Staff

Lee

LEE WALKER
BID Manager

 

Lee oversees and manages the running of Nottingham BID, including liaison with the Board and partner organisations, as well as compliance with BID industry legislation and guidelines. Lee has worked in the BID industry since graduating with a 2:1 in Politics from the University of Southampton in June 2011. As well as having a keen interest in current affairs, Lee is also a lifelong supporter of Ipswich Town Football Club.

ANDY EVANS
Business Crime Reduction Coordinator

 

Responsible for the BID’s crime reduction activities, Andy is tasked with supporting businesses in reducing incidents of shop theft and disorder. Andy joined the BID in 2013, having previously worked in Loss Prevention for a large retailer. A fan of live music, Andy regularly goes to gigs in the city.

MOSH CHOUDHURY
Street Ambassador Supervisor

 

Mosh heads up the BID’s Street Ambassador team who offer support to businesses and visitors to the city. Mosh is the longest serving member of the BID team, having worked here for over five years, and in his spare time Mosh enjoys trying out new restaurants in the city.

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ANNIE GARNHAM
Marketing Executive

 

Annie is responsible for delivering the BID’s marketing activities through the dedicated It’s In Nottingham brand. Following her graduation from the University of Nottingham with a 2:1 degree in English in 2012, Annie loved the city so much she decided to stay and joined the BID to put her enthusiasm for the city to good use. Annie is an ice hockey fan and a supporter of the Nottingham Panthers.

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NATALIE DICKSON
Business Coordinator

 

Acting as a key point of contact and liaison for the Working City and Independent City sectors, Natalie provides day to day support for the BID activities. Natalie joined the BID in early 2014 and enjoys spending her spare time reading, travelling and taking part in charity fundraising activities.

Directors

Jeff Allen (2)

JEFF ALLEN
Chairman
Originally from South Wales, Jeff moved to Birmingham to attend university and remained there whilst he trained to become a chartered accountant with one of the large international accountancy firms. After qualifying he decided to specialise in IT and then moved to London to join a major insurance company. He rejoined the profession to focus on management consultancy and IT and transferred to Nottingham in the mid 80s to head up the firm’s consultancy practice in the region before moving firms and then finally leaving the profession to run his own management consultancy business. In 1997, Jeff set up Castle Sound & Vision, a specialist home automation, home cinema and hifi business. Today he continues to run this Nottingham based specialist independent retail operation.
Jeff became a member of the steering group of the Retail BID during the initial consultation period and when the BID came into being was appointed as one of its first directors. When the original Chairman stepped down to move onto pastures new, Jeff took on the role and following the merger of the Retail and Leisure BIDs to create the Nottingham BID he became its first Chairman.

Nicola Tidy(2)

NICOLA TIDY
Director
With over 40 years of experience in sales, marketing and PR activities, Nicola brings a wealth of experience to the BID Board. Previous roles include working for Boots to liaise with Local Authorities and local stakeholders to develop partnerships and establish regeneration strategies for towns and cities across the UK. In 2001 Nicola began working for Nottingham City Transport, responsible for all marketing, PR and communications with a brief to develop and launch a new bus network and work with a new team to make the company commercially viable. NCT today is recognised as one of the leading edge bus operators in the UK and regularly wins industry awards.
Nicola joined the BID Board in 2011 and has worked closely with the team to shape and deliver marketing activities for the city since that time. Having lived and worked in Nottingham for most of her life, Nicola is passionate about Nottingham and all it has to offer.

JESS BARNETT
Director
Jess Barnett, along with her husband Martin, owns The Treat Kitchen, a specialist independent confectionery company with stores in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby. Inspired by early work experience at The Tales of Robin Hood, Jess left Nottingham to study History and Heritage Management at the University of Chester, however as a graduate she developed a career in Sales and Marketing working in a variety of sectors. She left Nottingham again in 2011 with Martin to live in Australia for three years. Following the birth of their first child in Australia they decided to return to the UK to open their own business. Inspired by their family heritage (the Barnett family have been making sweets in Nottingham since the 1890’s) and backed up by Martin’s experience as a confectionery buyer, Jess and Martin worked on creating a modern and exciting confectionery store. They felt that Nottingham, with its diverse retail community, was the ideal place to open their first shop. In her role as BID Director Jess hopes to promote the needs and interests of her fellow independents and generally support the BID in their plans and activities to enhance and improve the great city of Nottingham.

DAVID SIMMS
Director
Beginning his career as a telesales canvasser in the North West for the Wirral News Group before joining the Leicester Mercury as its classified sales manager in 1993. From there David re-joined the Trinity Mirror before becoming Deputy Advertising Director for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo. Two years later he was appointed director and general manager of Channel One TV limited a joint venture operation with the Daily Mail and Liverpool Echo. David relocated in 2000 when he was appointed advertising director to the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal. He became its Commercial Director in 2005 and was appointed Managing Director in 2009.
David joined the Leicester Mercury on August 1st, 2011 as Publisher/Managing Director and in 2014 David was appointed Regional Publisher and Managing Director for both the Leicester Mercury Media Group and the Nottingham Post Media Group.

ANDREW CRAWFORD
Director
Andy joins the Nottingham BID Board alongside his position as Operations Director of the Pub People Company. After previously working at Greenall’s Plc, Andy joined the Pub People Co in 2001, going on to become joint owner in 2004. The Pub People Co own and operate over 50 pubs and a brewery in the East Midlands, including in Nottingham City Centre. With a strong background in pharmaceutical and drinks industries, Andy brings to the Board expertise in licensing and represents the interests of the night time economy.

STEPHEN JACKSON
Director
Stephen joins the BID Board with a strong background in finance, and also represents the student sector. A qualified accountant, Stephen started his career at Bass plc and progressed with several senior financial roles in the company’s pubs, restaurants and holiday centre subsidiaries. He then moved to Crest Hotels and was part of a small team that acquired, for Bass, Holiday Inn. Upon completion of the acquisition, he became Chief Financial Officer for Holiday Inn – Europe, Middle East and Africa and later moved to Hong Kong as Chief Financial Officer and Head of IT for Holiday Inn – Asia Pacific. He was later seconded, as acting Managing Director, to establish new businesses in South Africa for Bass’s Leisure subsidiary. Stephen was then invited to join the Board of John Ryan Company and was appointed Executive Vice-President and Global Chief Financial Officer, with additional responsibility for IT, logistics and HR. His next move was to join the Board of easyCar as Finance Director/Company Secretary.
In 2003, Stephen Jackson joined Nottingham Trent University where he held the post of Chief Financial and Operations Officer and was co-opted as an executive member of the Board of Governors for 12 years.  He was appointed as Commercial Development Director in 2015.

Neil Fincham(2)

NEIL FINCHAM
Director
After serving as a military photographer in the British Army and service in the Police, Neil moved into venue management, and after twelve years managing large entertainment venues in Scotland, England, Denmark and Germany, moved into shopping centre management, running centres in England and Scotland. Neil has been Centre Manager of The Exchange since 2010 and has been a Director of Nottingham BID since 2011. As well as sitting on the Board, Neil supports the BID by shaping the company’s operations and Managed City stream of delivery.

GEOFF WILLIAMS
Director
Geoff first came to Nottingham on a school trip to Nottingham Playhouse in 1967 and liked it so much he came here to study here and hasn’t yet found a reason to leave. Geoff is the Director and joint founder of The Tokenhouse, an independent gift shop he opened with his wife Diz in 1973. As well as The Tokenhouse, Geoff is also the Director and founder of Lime Gallery incorporating Framework picture framers on Derby Road, another of the city’s independent businesses. Having only ever lived close to the city centre, Geoff is passionate about keeping Nottingham a vibrant and pleasant place to visit.
Geoff has been on the Nottingham BID Board since formation in 2012, and is also the Chairman of the Independent Advisory Group which represents the interests of independent businesses in the city.

KATHRYN NEILSON-DAVIS
Director
Born in South Derbyshire, Kathryn started her Retail career as a Management Trainee in Debenhams Derby 20 years ago and then progressed through the levels of Management across numerous stores, prior to her appointment as Store Manager Scarborough. Kathryn then advanced in her career to manage their Hull and Leeds stores. Relocating to Nottingham in 2010, Kathryn joined House of Fraser as Store Manager in Meadowhall. This provided a huge opportunity for self development as she worked closely with the Centre Management team and numerous external contractors to implement a major refurbishment programme of the store. In 2012 Kathryn took over the management of House of Fraser’s flagship store in Birmingham which provided a breadth of opportunity to connect with the local council and other retailers both Independent and National. A key role during this period was to work closely with Centro and Utility providers to reduce the impact to trade as a result of the Midland Metro tram extension. Having lived in Nottingham for six years I was keen to manage House of Fraser within the city and she accepted this position last October.
With previous experience of BID Board membership through work with the Hull BID in its infancy and more recently the Retail Birmingham BID, Kathryn has a global view of how to support all stakeholders within the city, and is eager to use my previous knowledge and experience of two Retail Bids to support this sector.

NAOMI HARTLEY
Director
Naomi joins the Board with over ten years’ experience in retail, having worked for M&S since 2005 in roles spanning across the Fashion, Foods and Hospitality sectors. Having previously worked as a Store Manager of M&S in Leicester and Derby, Naomi has been Store Manager of the Nottingham store for the past 18 months. Naomi has a passion for the city as she has lived locally for many years, now living a short distance away in North Leicester.

NIGEL WHEATLEY
Director
General Manager at intu Victoria Centre, Nigel Wheatley, first joined the centre in 2014, following the announcement of the centre’s £40 million remodeling scheme. Prior to his time in shopping centres, Nigel worked at Next, Disney, Selfridges and Hamleys – gaining experience internationally throughout Europe, India, Russia, Vietnam and Middle East among others.
Originally from Nottingham, Nigel moved from his role as General Manager at intu Derby where he worked for 14 months before taking the helm at intu Victoria Centre. Over the past two years, the centre has undertaken an extensive remodeling and refurbishment scheme which has delivered a comprehensive upgrade including new floors, ceilings, lighting, toilets and entrance features.  As part of the upgraded centre, Clocktower dining is now starting to open with six new restaurants launched to date, with more exciting names to follow.

Tom Waldron Lynch

TOM WALDRON-LYNCH
Vice Chairman
Tom is the General Manager at Park Plaza Hotel in Nottingham.