Monday, April 22, 2024

New figures appointed to lead Harrogate BID

Changes at the top of Harrogate BID have brought promises to support vital work to improve the town.

Former Vice Chair Andrea Thornborrow, of Primark, has stepped up into the Chair role after Dan Siddle stood down due to work commitments.

Andrea, who has been part of the BID for a number of years, said: “Harrogate BID has gone from strength to strength and is making a positive difference to the town centre.

“As a long-standing BID member, I am looking forward to taking on the role of Chair and building on the success we have made.

“I would like to thank Dan for his work during his time as Chair, helping the BID to secure a second term in Harrogate successfully.”

Sara Ferguson of Café Marconi and Lyndsay Snodgrass of Verity Frearson stepped up to fill the position Vice Chair position in a joint capacity.

Sara former Chair of the organisation, said: “I am very happy to take up the shared position of Vice Chair of Harrogate BID along with Lyndsay. I am very much looking forward to working with Andrea, Lyndsay and the brilliant BID team to continue the great work they are doing for Harrogate town centre.”

Meanwhile, Lyndsay, Marketing Manager at Verity Frearson, said: “This is a really exciting time as we enter our second term and I look forward to working with Andrea and Sara to support Matthew and the rest of the BID team to develop and build on the success of term one.”

Harrogate BID has also welcomed several new directors onto the BID board for 2024. The new board directors include Sue Kramer, co-owner of Crown Jewellers of Harrogate, James White, centre manager at the Victoria Shopping Centre, Simon Midgley, owner of Starling Café, Neil Mendoza, general manager at The Studley Hotel and Julian Rudd, head of regeneration at the newly formed North Yorkshire Council.

Matthew Chapman, Harrogate BID Manager, said: “Historically, it is proven that good BIDs have great leadership, so I’m thrilled to have the support and guidance from such a comprehensive group of directors as we embark on our second term.”

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