Leeds BID Names Movers And Shakers Team

It’s all systems go for the Leeds Business Improvement District (BID) as the company announces its new management team
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It’s all systems go for the Leeds Business Improvement District (BID) as the company announces its new management team.

The BID, an independent company limited by guarantee will transform Leeds commercial centre; last month it named Andrew Cooper as its new Chief Executive.

With experience leading Bath BID through its first five year term, he will be responsible for investing more than £12million in Leeds city centre as it works to make the area  a cleaner, brighter safer place with more events, marketing and promotion and a more vibrant evening economy.

Working alongside Andrew on the management team will be Martin Dickson and Karen Butler.  Prew Lumley will be chair of the board supported by Andrew Latchmore, Sarah Dear, Helen Green, Sam Perry, Sandy Needham and Leeds councillor, Richard Lewis.  They are all movers and shakers in the city and all have one aim – to promote Leeds on the world stage.

Martin Dickson will be Head of Marketing and knows all about world stages.  He studied music at university and spent 14 years in the industry working for EMI records promoting international stars including Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and The Spice Girls.

His job helped him develop a knowledge and understanding of how to engage with large young audiences and 11 years ago, when the music industry started to change, mainly because of the internet, he embarked on a new challenge and career and moved into marketing at the former Park Lane College, Leeds.

The 46-year-old is now head of Market Research, Communications and Corporate Reputation at Leeds City College, the third biggest further education college in the UK.  He helped create the college six years ago by merging three local colleges; in the last four years his team has won nine awards.

Martin, who hails from Manchester but now lives in Harrogate, has strong connections in Leeds with all the key organisations from education, business  and sport, to music, food and the council.

“I’ve got an amazing amount of affection for Leeds.  It’s such a diverse and buzzing  city . The BID is all about bringing  different sectors together to promote the city and shout about what it has to offer, as one.  I can’t wait to get stuck in and am excited about the challenge ahead,” he said

Karen Butler is head of Place Management and Delivery with Leeds BID and knows the city inside out.  The proud Tyke – she was born in Rotherham – went to university in Leeds and spent her early career in town planning working with various councils across the country.

She returned to Leeds in the early 1990s to work in place management and has been involved in some of the city’s most exciting commercial developments including the refurbishment of the Victoria Quarter and The Light and the pedestrianisation of Briggate. She was also involved with civic work including the Jubilee Wing at the LGI and the Henry Moore Gallery.

She is Deputy City Centre Manager in Leeds for the city council and part of her role is to deliver key events and campaigns and shape partnerships outside the city.

“Leeds has all the right ingredients to be a global competitor and the BID is perfectly placed to raise the profile of the city on an international stage,” she said.

The management team and board start work next month.