LeedsBID Steering Group

The LeedsBID steering group brings together a dynamic collection of professionals representing all sectors in the city. The group members work together to shape, craft and support the management team as a ‘think tank’ style operation, helping implement a diverse range of projects to both achieve the key objectives of the LeedsBID business plan and work to enhance the profile of Leeds.
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The group members work together to shape, craft and support the management team as a ‘think tank’ style operation, helping implement a diverse range of projects to both achieve the key objectives of the LeedsBID business plan

The LeedsBID steering group brings together a dynamic collection of professionals representing all sectors in the city. The group members work together to shape, craft and support the management team as a ‘think tank’ style operation, helping implement a diverse range of projects to both achieve the key objectives of the LeedsBID business plan and work to enhance the profile of Leeds.

 

Current Steering Group Members:

 

Office Sector Representatives – Mark Goldstone (Leeds Chamber of Commerce), Mike Piet (Leeds Civic Trust), Karl Lenton (Burr Lenton Architecture), Lee Wilkinson (PWC), Jennifer Keogh (DLA PIPER), Craig Burrow (Bruntwood)

 

Retail Sector Representatives – Eamon Fox (Knight Frank LLP), Sue Stones (Harvey Nichols), Adam Warner (Corn Exchange), James Bailey (Victoria Quarter & Victoria Gate), Susan Mendoza (St Johns Centre)

 

Leisure Sector Representatives – Deborah Hindley (Leeds Hotels and Venues Association), Jon Hancock (Business Against Crime in Leeds), Jen Mitchell (First Direct Arena),

 

Public/Cultural Sector Representatives - Crys Whitewoods (Northern Ballet), Tracey Lancaster (Leeds Beckett University), Jennifer Young (Visit Leeds), John Ebo (Leeds City Council) Alisa Newman (Safer Leeds)

 

Non-Levy Representatives – Lee Hicken (Hebe Media), Dan Murray (Leeds List), Paul Ellison (Yorkshire Design Group)

 

Here is what some of our Steering Group Members had to say about working with LeedsBID:

 

James Bailey, General Manager, Victoria Leeds

 

“The LeedsBID are an incredibly positive addition to the city.  Leeds has experienced major investment over the previous few years, and this trend is clearly set to continue as we establish the city as the retail capital of the North. We are starting to see the practical application of their well thought out business plan, and the process to understand business needs has been very slick. The team are always willing to listen and consider the varied opinions across sectors and businesses. We look forward to seeing further improvements to the city as our profile both on the national and international scene, continues to grow.”

 

John Ebo, Head of Service City Centre Management, Leeds City Council 

 

“LeedsBID is an enabler for the city. It allows the city to harness positive solutions, stakeholders and ideas coupled with ambition and delivery. It will ensure we raise our game from a good city to a great one.”

 

 Mark Goldstone Head of Policy and Business Representation, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

 

“The LeedsBID brings new funding, and with it, new opportunities to promote and develop the city as a great place to live, work and play.”

 

 

Mike Piet, Chair of Leeds Civic Trust Planning Committee

 

“The Leeds Civic Trust has been a guardian of the Leeds’ heritage, amenities and design quality for 50 years but, as a voluntary charity, has not had the funds to deliver many of its aspirations for the city centre. The stakeholder contributions to the Leeds BID are an opportunity to provide some of those long-awaited services and features which will enhance the centre for businesses, retailers, visitors and the local community.”

 

Crys Whitewoods Director of Development, Northern Ballet

 

“I think the BID has a unique quality and going forward should act as a lynch-pin, drawing together key stakeholders and partners to bring about positive change. The BID can be a champion for our city centre and help make it a place that is known for its warm welcome and ambitious approach. I’m very positive about what can be achieved in the future and very proud of what Leeds is now, and will be in the years to come.”

 

Lee A Wilkinson, Yorkshire Real Estate and Construction Leader, PwC

 

“The LeedsBID provides a renewed focus on providing a city that people want to live and work in.”

 

Karl Lenton Director, Burr Lenton Architecture

 

“LeedsBID is as an independent body that works to enhance the experience for all who work, live and visit our City. We are ambitious and brave and champions of Leeds. The BID has the potential to improve the quality of life for us all”