LeedsBID Chief Executive Andrew Cooper has been elected a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management – the international professional body which supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better.
The award is in recognition of Andrew’s impressive achievements in the Business Improvement District (BID) industry and support for the Institute of Place Management, in particular leading the formation and impact of The BID Foundation in 2018.
Chief Executive of LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District) – the largest BID outside London and the third largest in the UK – since its establishment in 2015, Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in place management and an extensive working knowledge of BIDs. With a strong background in business and retail, he was previously the Chief Executive of Bath BID and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Andrew is currently an expert for the High Street Task Force and the Co-Vice Chair of the BID Foundation, having served as its inaugural chair. The BID Foundation is an independent body supporting BIDs to transform towns and cities and providing an authoritative voice for the industry.
Senior Fellowship, the highest level of membership of the Institute, is a recognition of an outstanding achievement and contribution to place management with fellows appointed by a unanimous decision of the IPM Executive Board for a period of five years. As an authoritative voice for and within place management, Senior Fellows inform and advise the work of the Institute and act as international ambassadors.
“Receiving this award was a complete surprise and I am delighted that my contribution and work for and on behalf of business improvement districts has been recognised in this way. The nomination comes from existing Fellows in the Institute of Place Management, so it is an honour to receive this accreditation directly from them,” Andrew said.
“I will continue to advocate for Business Improvement Districts and their successfulness in managing places throughout the UK.”