Published: January 14, 2022 | Updated: January 15, 2022

Six new directors for Poole BID as plans drawn up for another five-year term after ‘yes’ ballot

Jacqui Rock, Manager, Poole BID: “The new directors are full of energy and ideas.”
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Poole Business Improvement District (BID) has appointed six new directors “full of energy and ideas” as it prepares for another five-year term.

They join two directors who are continuing.

Chairman John Grinnell will stay in the role until a replacement from the new intake is elected.

Jacqui Rock, BID Manager, will be assisted by Wendy King, pictured left, who is the newly appointed Operations Manager.

Last year’s ballot on whether Poole BID should have a second term resulted in 73 per cent of voting levy payers voting ‘yes’.

The new team is developing plans for the town as it comes through the pandemic and looks ahead to the summer season.

Jacqui said: “The shadow of Covid still hangs over businesses in the town, especially those in retail and hospitality.

“As a BID we will continue to work for the business community and the new directors are drawn from a diverse range of sectors.

“John Grinnell, Manager of the Dolphin Centre, has been a Director for five and a half years and Chairman for some of that time.

”John is staying on until he is replaced in a matter of weeks when he will step down from the Board.

“His work and tireless efforts for the town have been vital in helping businesses through the pandemic.

“Our focus now is to help create the best business environment we can for all our levy-payers.

“The new directors are full of energy and ideas and our aim is to make Poole as successful as it can be.”

The new directors are:

  • Cllr Philip Broadhead, BCP’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Development and Regeneration
  • Cllr Stephen Baron, Lead member for Poole Rejuvenation and Regeneration on BCP Council, Chairman of Poole Heritage Action Zone and ward councillor for Parkstone
  • Sara St George, Head of Sales and Marketing and Deputy CEO, Lighthouse
  • Nikki Honer, Head of Marketing, Go South Coast
  • Louise Russell, Finance Manager, Rubicon People Partnership
  • Emma Gibbs, Retail Director, Specsavers.

The directors remaining are:

  • Mark Kiteley of Rawlins Davy Solicitors and Mediator
  • Jeanette Walsh, Owner, Truly Scrumptious.

Ian Girling, Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber, is staying on as an adviser.