Leeds BID goes for senior lawyer as chair of the board
One of Leeds’ most energetic and experienced retail and commercial development lawyers and a prime mover behind the city achieving Business Improvement District status has been appointed chair of the new Board of Directors.
Prew Lumley, a real estate partner at global law firm Squire Patton Boggs, is a seasoned legal advisor to retail and commercial clients and sees the value and benefit to the city of BID status.
As vice chair of the firm’s global retail team and head of its Retail Real Estate practice, Prew understands better than many in Leeds the value and importance of a healthy and buoyant retail sector and she is a passionate advocate of progressive and radical steps to safeguard and grow business.
It was her passion and insight as a member of the Leeds Chamber’s Economic and Retail Infrastructure committee that persuaded fellow members that BID status would help benefit all business sectors and Prew has worked tirelessly to see it brought to fruition.
She was a member of the Steering Committee for the BID feasibility study and actively participated in the work needed to successfully deliver the BID for Leeds.
Prew said: “It is a very exciting time to be involved in the Leeds BID, as we look to grow and develop the area for future generations. Leeds is already a strong and diverse economy and I see the BID as the perfect springboard to making it the “go to” city in the North .
“The appointment of Andrew Cooper as Chief Executive, with his great track record of leading a successful BID, is a clear signal that we are determined to use all the means at our disposal to add to the already robust business offer and ensure that organisations, with an ambition for growth, look to Leeds to do business and locate.”
The new board of Leeds Bid has been completed with the appointment of six other professionals who represent the diverse business sectors of Leeds and have all been involved in the BID process in one form or another over the last two years.
In addition to Prew Lumley the board includes Andrew Latchmore, property lawyer with Shulman’s; Sam Perry, director of commercial banking at Natwest, Leeds; Sandy Needham, Chief Executive for West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce; Helen Green, associate director for Town Centre Securities with responsibility for the Merrion Centre; Sarah Dear, MD of branding consultancy Elmwood; and Councillor Richard Lewis Leeds City Council member responsible for regeneration, transport and planning.