Trio of appointments strengthen LeedsBID board

Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) has made three appointments to its board of directors.

Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) has made three appointments to its board of directors bringing in senior executives from the retail, communications and hospitality sectors.


James Prince, head of branch at John Lewis Leeds, Tracey Lancaster, deputy vice chancellor (corporate communications) at Leeds Beckett University and Wayne Topley, regional general manager at QHotels, have all been appointed as non-executive directors.


Tracey and Wayne are wholly new appointments, while James joins after more than two years as a board advisor.

All three appointments will bring greater strength and depth to the board and they will be integral in helping to shape the future for the city centre development organisation.


Chair of LeedsBID board Prew Lumley, and real estate partner at global law firm Squire Patton Boggs, said: “The skill set James, Tracey and Wayne bring is unrivalled and will not only further strengthen oversight and governance, but they will bring new ideas as to how we can take LeedsBID forward.


“I am very much looking forward to working with the new members as we continue to develop LeedsBID and progress in shaping and growing the city centre to be an ever-better place to live, work, have fun and do business.”

Colin Oliver of Futuresound continues in his role as Advisor to the Board.


The new appointments were announced at LeedsBID’s Annual Showcase which took place last week at Leeds College of Music’s contemporary complex in Quarry Hill. Guests at the event heard from Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive of LeedsBID, about the impact and improvement LeedsBID has brought to the city over the past year, as well as the innovative and exciting projects planned for the year ahead.


The new board members join existing members: Diane Cheesebrough, consultant/NED; David Maddison, general manager of Trinity Leeds; Andrew Latchmore, property lawyer with Shulmans; 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; Sarah Dear, managing director of branding consultancy Elmwood; and Councillor Al Garthwaite, Leeds City Council.