Overview of the Governance structure

All directors of LeedsBID are volunteers and do not receive any remuneration for their position.  An independent recruitment process is undertaken by Brewster and Partners throughout the Business Improvement District term. The recruitment process analyses the sector make-up alongside the skills and abilities of potential directors to support the executive team in delivery of the business plan. Independent interviews take place before recommending appointment to the board by an ordinary resolution or by a decision of the directors.

The board is made up of predominantly levy-paying businesses and includes two positions for non-levy paying businesses who are recruited for their expertise, and two ex-officio positions for the Leeds Chamber of Commerce and Leeds City Council executive member.  The chair is elected at the first meeting of the year by the current board members.  Board directors serve an initial period of 2 years and then are voted in annual thereafter or make way for new board directors. 

Updates are communicated regularly through the monthly e-newsletter and at our autumn Annual General Meeting.

A register of all pecuniary and personal interests

When appointed, all directors are requested to complete a related party form, detailing information on other directorship, personal interests and family business interests.  This is to ensure complete transparency when discussing issues relating to the LeedsBID business plan and procurement of contracts.

The register of all pecuniary and personal interest is a standing board agenda item, and the chair ensures that all directors update this regularly and declare any new interests at each meeting they attend.

Details of board directors are shared at our AGM, through our company audit and in our ‘year in review’ which can be found in the document section of the web site.

Should any levy-paying business wish to see this register, they can make their request through our enquiry email:


Procurement Policy

The number one priority for LeedsBID regarding procurement is to directly invest back into the levy payers, wherever possible, so that a direct return on their investment is received.

The following supplier locations must therefore be prioritised:

Priority + Location of supplier

1. Leeds BID area
2. Non-BID Leeds area
3. Yorkshire
4. UK
5. Overseas

The second priority for LeedsBID to consider is whether a preferred supplier should be used.The supplier must fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • is highly specialist and a suitable alternative supplier cannot be identified.
  • Is highly commercially confident and information regarding the need for this service is confidential and therefore we do not wish to release into the public domain.
  • Relies on knowledge from a relevant previous collaboration with a supplier.


The following procurement authorisation limits must be followed:

Authorisation Process

Under £10k
CEO authorisation based on value for money, price, ability to deliver within timescales, experience, reputation, recommendation, warranty, guarantee.

£10k  - £50k
Commission or advertise the work from a range of suppliers with a minimum of 3 written quotes. This will be presented as part of the budget for the year ahead at the February board.

Over £50k
Commission or advertise the work from a range of suppliers with a minimum of 3 written quotes. This will follow a formal tender process. The panel for decision making will include at least one board member and one member of the senior management team.


Meet the LeedsBID Board

The LeedsBID Board is a collection of the city’s leaders and influencers from across the key business sectors of the city. The Board meets bi-monthly and copies of board minutes are available to levy-paying members by contacting

  • Prew Lumley, Chair
    Real Estate Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

    Prew Lumley is a property partner in the Leeds Office of the Real Estate group and has more than 15 years’ experience as a commercial property lawyer. Prew works on a job share basis with Karen French and her work involves a range of property related areas. Principally, Prew acts for corporate real estate clients across a breadth of types of occupation including retailers, chemical distribution, builders’ merchants, textile operators, call centres, paper producers and electrical manufacturers. Prew and Karen lead the Corporate Real Estate team in Leeds and Prew heads the Retail team.

    In addition, Prew has worked on a number of high profile regeneration projects representing the Homes and Communities Agency (formerly known as English Partnerships) and the various regional development agencies such as Yorkshire Forward and SEEDA. She has also acted on a number of development projects both residential and commercial.

  • Andrew Latchmore
    Partner, Shulmans

    Andrew Latchmore is one of the country’s top commercial property solicitors.  Andrew, who hails from Leeds, has been a lawyer for more than 40 years – 35 of them in the property field.

    He joined Shulmans in Leeds in 2004 and for six years served as a member of the management board.

    Andrew is a major player in the city’s property world and is a founder member of Leeds Property Forum which he has chaired for five years. He also serves on the Council’s Sustainable Economy and Culture Board and the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Board.

    He is also a past governor of Leeds College of Music, Queen Mary’s School, Thirsk and Gateway School for Girls.

    A former secretary for Leeds Law Society he is married with four children and his hobbies include skiing, golf, walking, bridge and opera.

  • Sam Perry
    Director of Commercial Banking, NatWest

    Sam Perry is a respected member of the Leeds banking world.  Sam is director of commercial banking at NatWest where he leads a team supporting SME clients across various sectors.

    Sam got a management degree at the University of Hull and spent a year studying at the University of North Carolina in the United States before working for a year in Hong Kong.  He has worked in Leeds for the last 15 years and has experience in retail, commercial and corporate banking.

    Sam plays an active role in the Leeds business and social fields.  He is a member of the leadership group of Leeds Chamber of Commerce and the Leeds City Enterprise Partnership Steering Group. A keen foodie, he is passionate about the city’s independent food, drink and music scene particularly craft ales and street food.

    Away from work he enjoys American football, Formula 1 and spending time with his wife, Monica and their baby daughter.

  • Helen Green
    Associate Director, TCS

    No one knows Leeds city centre as well as Helen Green. 

    Helen, who was born in Grimbsy and specialises in Asset Management, has spent the past 10 years with Town Centre Securities who are responsible for a number of properties in the centre including The Merrion Centre. Helen is an Associate Director at TCS and under her guidance, The Merrion Centre is undergoing a major refurbishment.

    She went to university in Oxford and started her career at Cushman Wakefield in London before spending over 10 years with Grosvenor working for the award winning Grosvenor Shopping Centre Fund.  For a while she looked after properties owned by The Duke of Westminster. She returned to Yorkshire in 2005 and says she feels passionate about town and city centres. 

    She lives in Otley with her husband and enjoys skiing, gardening, travel and getting out and about in Yorkshire.

  • David Maddison
    General Manager, Trinity Leeds

    David has been GM at Trinity since 2015, and is responsible for overseeing the ongoing development of the premier high street shopping centre, with 120 high street brands and a host of outstanding international restaurants. An award winning Retail Director and Centre Manager, David has spent all his working life in retail, employed for established names including Nike and Next.

    Away from work, David is a dedicated marathon runner, completing 17 marathons including the last 11 London Marathons, raising significant amounts of money for various charities, as well running 100k for Children in Need.

    David believes the BID offers Leeds an exciting opportunity to deliver new and exciting events and initiatives which will significantly help Leeds to become an even greater international city.

  • Sarah Dear
    Managing Director, Elmwood Branding & Design Consultancy

    LEEDS is creative and Sarah Dear, the MD of Elmwood Branding and Design Consultancy, is determined the sector plays its part in the Business Improvement District.

    Sarah has spent her career in the creative sector, at the now international Leeds-based company Elmwood, where she has worked across all parts of the business community from retail through to corporate. She understands the importance of good design and branding to organisations and how vital the creative industry is to the Leeds business story.

    With a post graduate degree in marketing from Leeds University, she is determined to promote the professional values of creativity in business.

    Sarah sees the BID as vital for the growth of the city and attracting vibrant successful businesses to Leeds.

    When not running Elmwood, Sarah is a keen runner around her Cookridge home and loves cooking for her family.

  • Al Garthwaite
    Councillor, Leeds City Council


  • Sandy Needham
    Director , West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

    Sandy Needham started her career as a company secretary and has worked her way to the top.  She is chief executive of the West and North Yorkshire Chamber, the leading business organisation for Leeds, Bradford, York and North Yorkshire.

    She has worked for the Chamber for the past 17 years and before that had roles with TV-am, Yorkshire Television and NCH/Action for Children. She feels passionate about equal opportunities and getting women involved at board level.

    She is a founding member of The Two Percent Club, a national women’s network which was started in Leeds; a non-executive director of the Leeds Apprentice Training Agency and a non-executive director of Business Enterprise Finance Ltd.

    She believes Leeds BID has great potential to improve life for those working in Leeds and help make it a more positive experience.

  • Tracey Lancaster
    Deputy Vice Chancellor, Leeds Beckett University

    Tracey is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Corporate Communications) at Leeds Beckett University with strategic responsibility for external and internal communications, UK and international student recruitment, which comprises c. 75% of the University’s income, widening participation in higher education and the University’s civic engagement.

    She joined Leeds Beckett in July 2016 and, prior to that, was Director of Corporate Affairs at Sheffield Hallam University where she reshaped and united its marketing, communications and student recruitment functions.  

    Tracey started her senior career as a marketing manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company before moving into higher education in 2002 to become the first Director of Marketing at the University of Birmingham.

    Tracey is also chair of ‘Go Higher West Yorkshire’, a collaboration between the region’s further education colleges and universities, striving to increase the numbers of young people accessing higher education in West Yorkshire.  

  • Jen Mitchell
    General Manager, first direct arena

    Jen is General Manager at first direct arena Leeds, the 13,780 capacity entertainment venue located in the heart of the city centre, hosting a diverse programme of live music, comedy, entertainment shows and sporting events.

    Jen’s responsibilities include working alongside promoters to book artists and acts, organising the venue operations teams and overall management to ensure the arena runs efficiently and effectively and that patrons have an enjoyable experience.

    Jen relocated to Leeds in 2017 after 10 years as Managing Director at Kings Place Music Foundation, an independently funded multi-arts venue in London. She has 19 years’ experience working within the events and conference sector, taking on a variety of roles with charitable, public sector and commercial businesses and has worked internationally including in Australia and Qatar as well as closer to home.

    Having grown up in Liverpool, Jen now lives in Leeds with her husband and daughter and happily admits to love living and working in the city as well as enjoying the Yorkshire way of life.

    She is perfectly suited to a job in the leisure industry as confesses she does love socialising.

    Jen is delighted to join the LeedsBID board and is excited to support the team in the delivery of its Next Chapter for 2020-2025.